How to substitute cocoa powder for melted chocolate

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How to substitute cocoa powder for melted chocolate
Cocoa powder can substitute for melted chocolate. (chocolates on cocoa a powder image by Indigo Fish from

Cocoa powder can be used in place of chocolate or baking chocolate in many recipes. A number of recipes call for baking chocolate, which is essentially cocoa and fat. Typically, baking chocolate is unsweetened; thus, when using cocoa powder as a substitute, there's no need to add sugar. If a recipe calls for melted sweetened chocolate such as chocolate chips, you'll need to add sugar to the cocoa powder to obtain the necessary sweetness.

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Things you need

  • Cocoa powder
  • Butter, vegetable oil or shortening
  • Sugar (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the cocoa powder and sugar. For 28.4gr. of unsweetened chocolate, you'll need 3 tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 tbsp of butter, vegetable oil or shortening. For one cup of chocolate chips, you'll need 6 tbsp of cocoa powder, 7 tbsp of granulated sugar and 1/4 cup butter, vegetable oil or shortening.

  2. 2

    Mix the cocoa powder and fat, or cocoa powder, fat and sugar if your recipe calls for sweetened chocolate. Combine thoroughly until the mixture resembles melted chocolate.

  3. 3

    Add the chocolate mixture. Follow the recipe just as you would if using melted chocolate.

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