When making a recipe that calls for cocoa powder or chocolate, the quality of the chocolate you use usually greatly affects the taste of the food. A higher quality chocolate will produce a smoother, richer taste while a low-quality kind might leave your dish sorely lacking. If you don’t have cocoa powder, you can easily substitute it with baking chocolate, just make sure that whichever one you use is of good quality.

Things You'll Need

Check how much cocoa powder the recipe calls for.

Measure the appropriate amount of baking chocolate and melt it in the microwave. You will need 1 ounce of unsweetened baking chocolate for every 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, plus 1 tablespoon of butter or oil.

Measure the amount of butter or oil in your recipe and remove one tablespoon, then add the rest.

Add melted chocolate to your recipe.

References and Resources

Cook's Thesaurus: Chocolate