What can I use instead of buttermilk in cake?
Here are several dairy-based buttermilk substitutes.
- Milk and vinegar. Adding vinegar to milk gives it an acidity similar to that of buttermilk.
- Milk and lemon juice.
- Milk and cream of tartar.
- Lactose-free milk and acid.
- Sour cream and water or milk.
- Plain yogurt and water or milk.
- Plain kefir.
- Buttermilk powder and water.
What happens if you use milk instead of buttermilk?
In recipes that call for buttermilk, it is not recommended to replace buttermilk with plain milk, because the absence of acid will not produce the same end result. But using an acidic ingredient combined with plain milk will create a substitute with properties closer to that of buttermilk.
What can I use if I don’t have buttermilk?
To make a dairy-based buttermilk substitute, add an acidic substance typically lemon juice, vinegar, or cream of tartar to milk. You can also use plain yogurt, sour cream, kefir, or buttermilk powder.