Best Cake Flour Substitute – How To Make Cake Flour

Best Cake Flour Substitute - How To Make Cake Flour

We’ve all been there: you’re in the mood to bake something, you finally find the perfect cake recipe and you’re so excited to get to work, until you start pulling the ingredients out of your way -to eat. You have everything on the list except one thing: cake flour.

But don’t panic and definitely don’t run to the store. We’re here to tell you that you can, in fact, make your own cake flour substitute in no time, which means almost any type of cake is at your fingertips! While most people have a bag or two of all-purpose flour in the pantry at all times, not everyone keeps cake flour on hand (though Ree Drummond swears by it for her pancakes – she says it’s an essential ingredient!). When it comes to types of flour, it’s definitely not as common as the more popular all-purpose flour.

But guess what? You really have can make your own cake flour substitute, even if you only have all-purpose on hand. (And by the way, you can also use all-purpose flour on its own as an exchange! Your baked goods won’t be as fluffy and fluffy, though.)

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What is the difference between all-purpose flour and cake flour?

That’s a great question, but first, let’s talk about what cake flour is even. It turns out to be a finely ground version of all-purpose flour lightened with cornstarch. It contains the lowest amount of protein of any wheat flour on the market – around eight percent (compared to 11 percent for all-purpose). This means that less gluten is produced in the final product, which ultimately results in a finer and more delicate crumb. You can taste the difference in light and airy treats like Angel Food Cake or Ree’s Lemon Blueberry Pancakes. Consider keeping a box of cake flour in your pantry or keep reading to find out how to mimic your own!

What do I use as a substitute for cake flour?


The Pioneer Woman 3-Cup Stainless Steel Flour Sifter and Pastry Cutter with Crank, Floral

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      You probably already have everything you need: all-purpose flour and cornstarch. (If you have another type of starch, like tapioca starch/flour, arrowroot, or potato starch, that will work too.) Here’s what to do: use this mix in place of 1 cup cake flour.

      The first step

      Measure 1 cup all-purpose flour, then scoop and scoop out 2 tbsp. Now add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

      Second step

      Take a sieve or fine-mesh sieve (or get out a large bowl and whisk). Sift the flour and cornstarch mixture about 5 times or whisk until very well combined. (The sifting/whisking is also used to aerate the DIY cake flour to achieve its characteristic fluffiness.) That’s it, you’re done!

      Can I use all-purpose flour as a substitute for cake flour?

      You can use all-purpose flour instead of cake flour, but the texture of your baked goods won’t be the same: they won’t be as tender and delicate. Your best bet is to use the all-purpose flour-cornstarch mix described above.

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