Any of various powdered mixtures used in baking as a substitute for yeast.
Mixture of bicarbonate of soda, an acidic compound, and a nonreactive filler (usually starch or calcium sulfate), used in baking as a raising agent. It gives a light open texture to cakes and scones, and is used as a substitute for yeast in making soda bread.
Several different acidic compounds (for example, tartaric acid, cream of tartar, sodium or calcium acid phosphates, and glucono-delta-lactone) may be used, any of which will react with the sodium hydrogencarbonate, in the presence of water and heat, to release the carbon dioxide that causes the cake mix or dough to rise. baking-powder