We’ve all been there: You’re in the middle of baking a birthday cake or a batch of homemade cookies, and you realize you’re out of a crucial ingredient. Whatever the case may be, the last thing you want to do is make a trip to the grocery store, and you may not be able to leave the house.
Instead of getting discouraged (or deciding to omit the ingredient altogether, which could result in an unfortunate baked good), we’ve put together a comprehensive list of simple baking substitutions for a number of common ingredients, from buttermilk to brown sugar (which, have no fear, you can DIY with white sugar and molasses).
Though we wouldn’t recommend making a habit out of using the substitutions for too many ingredients, some of these swaps may pleasantly surprise you. Always made your signature breakfast granola with honey? You might find you like it even better with maple syrup. Bringing a dessert to the book club this week? Vegans in the group will be thrilled if you use the vegan substitute for eggs.