How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder

Alba Charles
By Alba Charles . Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder

Who doesn't love cupcakes? The frosting and their light and spongy texture make these little muffins irresistible. This spongy texture is achieved using baking powder, a chemical leavening that is used to increase the volume of cakes and baked food. The baking powder releases carbon dioxide into the dough through an acid-based solution that creates bubbles in the mixture that leaven it. Without the baking powder, the dough stays dense and the final cupcake result is very solid and almost impossible to eat.

If you feel like baking some cupcakes but happen to run out of baking powder don't worry. There are alternatives to using baking powder that will have a result as good as the ones you would have if you used it. At OneHowTo we explain you how to make cupcakes without baking powder.

Between 15 & 30 minutes low difficulty


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Steps to follow:


If the butter is too hard, soften it in the microwave for some seconds. Once the butter is soft, add the sugar and the eggs and blend well. After this, add the vanilla.

How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder - Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC)

In another bowl, mix the whey or buttermilk with the baking soda and leave it aside.


Take the first mixture and add half of the flour and the salt. Blend it well and then add part of the buttermilk/whey mixture with the baking soda that you've prepared before. Continue blending and then alternate the addition of the two mixtures (flour and whey/buttermilk). End the final addition with the flour.

How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder - Step 3

When the batter is all blended, pour it into muffin cups or into a muffin container and bake it for about 15 to 20 minutes.

How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder - Step 4

To check whether the cupcakes are cooked, insert a toothpick in them. If the toothpick comes out clean, it means the cupcakes are fully cooked. If not, leave it for a couple more minutes.

How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder - Step 5

When the cupcakes are cooked, add the frosting (here's the recipes for Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla frosting) and all the decorations you desire.

How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder - Step 6

If you want to learn more about baking cupcakes in a different way, check OneHowTo's article on how to make cupcakes without an oven.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Make Cupcakes without Baking Powder, we recommend you visit our Recipes category.


  • Don't confuse baking powder with baking soda. Baking powder is made out of baking soda, but it contains other ingredients as well. Also, baking soda is far stronger than baking powder.
  • Don't overdo the dose of baking soda as the cupcake might end up tasting very bitter.
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What did you think of this recipe?
Letty Serema
Can i bake scones with bicarbonate of soda
I am making these for my girlfriend and I's anniversary.What can be substituted for buttermilk??
OneHowTo Editor
You can either purchase liquid whey or make it by letting milk curdle and then strain it to obtain the remaining liquid.

Hope this helps
It doesn't say how hot the oven should be??????
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Annie, you should preheat the oven at 375ºF (190ºC) before starting to prepare the cupcakes.
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