I’m often asked what “caster sugar” or “bicarb” is amongst other ingredients, so I thought I’d list all of the common UK ingredients and their US equivalents/substitutions for you all. If there are any recipe specific ingredients which are not listed here and you are unsure on, then don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the relevant post asking.
If there is something you think should be on this list and I’ve missed, then please send me a quick email: annie [at] anniesnoms [dot] com or use the Contact Me page 🙂
A very important side note: A “stick” of butter in the US is 113 grams of butter in the UK, unfortunately we seem to only be able to buy 250/500g blocks of butter here!
Common Baking Ingredients
We don’t officially have “Cake Flour” here, but for every 1 cup of plain flour, take out 2tbsp and replace with 2tbsp cornflour. Sift together and there you have it!
All Purpose Flour
Whole Wheat Flour
Bicarbonate of Soda
Light Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar (unless otherwise specified)
Light Corn Syrup
Single Cream (or substitute half milk and half single cream – most people just use cream)
Half and Half
Reduced Fat Milk
Solid white Vegetable Fat
Cooking Chocolate/Dark (at least 70% cocoa solids)
Plain Chocolate (around 50% cocoa solids)
US Candy Bars
M&M’s (closest equivalent, we get M&M’s in the UK too)
Refreshers (the small round fizzy sweets)
Nestlé Crunch (closest equivalent, this doesn’t have caramel)
Take 5 (closest equivalent, UK has rice crisps, US has pretzels in)
Greaseproof Paper (white, waxy paper. Some brands call their brown parchment like paper greaseproof. In my recipes, I always use the white waxy greaseproof!)