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For making cake, baking powder is taken. If at home your mother uses baking soda instead of baking powder in cake, what is the role of tartaric acid added to baking soda?


A
Make it more acidic
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B
Make it more basic
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C
Neutralise it
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D
None of these
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Solution

The correct option is C Neutralise it
The main purpose of the tartaric acid ($$C_4H_60_6$$) is to react with the baking soda and produce $$CO_2$$ gas. This provides the leavening action that is required to make a light, airy texture to a cake, for instance. The role of tartaric acid is to neutralise sodium carbonate and cake will not taste bitter.

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