Substitution help Needed Please

I have a yellow cake recipe that calls for buttermilk. I made the cake as written, but don't care for the tangy tast of the buttermilk. Can I use whole milk, half-and-half, or a combination of the two instead of the buttermilk?

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Jessica
Jessica February 8, 2019

I'd be wary about substituting with straight milk, I believe that buttermilk has acid that reacts with the leavening agents ( baking powder/baking soda). You can make a substitute with milk and lemon juice. Use a little less than a cup of milk and add one table spoon of lemon juice ( I think I read you could also use white vinegar but I'd double check that ). If you do go with straight milk, the cake might not rise as much and will have a different texture. Hope that helps :)

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Emmaline Spier Camposano

I usually do 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar with a cup or so of milk (you might want to check my portions here, bc I love sour things). Let sit for a bit and it should curdle just enough to replace the buttermilk! Hope it works out!

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Miss Karen
Miss Karen February 8, 2019

Put one TBSP. Of lemon juice or vinegar into a measuring cup. Add enough milk or half & half to get to the required total amount of buttermilk needed. Lett it set for about 5 minutes. It will look curdled. You want this. That is what it is supposed to do. Stir it, then proceed with the recipe. So I'd your recipe calls for one cup etc of buttermilk, that is the total amount you should have in the measuring cup. I do this all the time because I don't want a a quart (the least amount available for purchase here.)of buttermilk in my fridge forever. You could also sub out yogurt measure for measure.

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Miss Karen
Miss Karen February 8, 2019

If... Not I'd... Stupid spell check😉

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy February 9, 2019

Yogurt is a good sub.

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Nancy
Nancy February 9, 2019

Yes. Plain yogurt or sour cream, alone or with 1 to 1.5 tsp cream of tartar will work and won't give the too-sour taste you don't like.

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