Q. 174.5( 14 Votes )

What is baking powder? How does it make the cake soft and spongy? (AS7)

Answer :

Baking powder

The chemical name of the compound is sodium carbonate (NaHCO3).


Preparation of baking powder is


NaCl + H2O + CO2 + NH3 NH4Cl + NaHCO3


Baking Powder


It is sometimes added for faster cooking.


It is a mild non-corrosive base.


When baking powder (a mixture of baking soda and tartaric acid) is mixed with water, the reaction takes place:


NaHCO3 + H+ CO2 + H2O + sodium slat of water


CO2 which is released during the reaction makes the cake soft and spongy.


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