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Q: I recently started baking — nothing fancy, just cakes and muffins — and was really starting to get into it when my husband was diagnosed with lactose intolerance. Most cake and pastry recipes I've come across require butter. Is there a non-dairy alternative I can use? Please help!

Sent by Aurvi

Editor: Aurvi, try seeking out vegan baking recipes, which use non-dairy ingredients like margarine and soymilk in place of butter or milk. You can also experiment with substituting the dairy in standard baking recipes with some of these suggestions:

Banana For an Egg: Vegan Substitutions for 8 Common Baking Ingredients

Readers, do you have any suggestions or advice for using non-dairy alternatives in baking?

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