How to Make Cake Flour

How to Make Cake Flour – Learn how to make your own cake flour at home. An easy two-ingredient substitute.

How to Make Cake Flour - Learn how to make your own cake flour at home. An easy two-ingredient substitute. // addapinch.com

Have you ever started to make a cake, muffins, or another baked good only to find that recipe calls for a specialty flour like cake flour? I have. Plenty of times. It is a flour that I hardly ever keep it on hand.

Thankfully, you can make your own with ingredients that you most likely do always have on hand!

How to Make Cake Flour - Learn how to make your own cake flour at home. An easy two-ingredient substitute. // addapinch.com

What is Cake Flour?

Cake flour is a light flour made of soft wheat flour that has been chlorinated to produce a flour with about 6-8% protein content and a beautiful texture.

How to Make Cake Flour - Learn how to make your own cake flour at home. An easy two-ingredient substitute. // addapinch.com

Why Do You Use Cake Flour Instead of Regular All-Purpose Flour?

Since cake flour has such a low protein content, it produces less gluten when used in recipes. Therefore, it is primarily used in baking recipes for cakes, cookies, and muffins when a soft texture and light, airy result is desired. It is perfect for using when baking white cakes or cupcakes as well as tea cakes.

What Two Ingredients Do You Need to Make Cake Flour?

You only need two ingredients that you probably keep on hand: cornstarch and all-purpose flour.

For every cup of cake flour called for in a recipe, measure one cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and then add the flour to a mixing bowl. Add in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and whisk well to combine.

Voila! Problem solved.

 

Do You Have to Use Cake Flour in Recipes?

No, you absolutely do not. If you are using a low protein flour, such as White Lily, then these flours are considered great for baking. The low protein content of the flour makes the a great general use flour, but also a perfect flour for baking.

If you are using a higher protein flour, I would consider using this recipe to lighten the protein content of the flour so that you have a light, airy cake and moist muffins!

Here’s how you make it.

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How to Make Cake Flour

How to Make Cake Flour - Learn how to make your own cake flour at home. An easy two-ingredient substitute. 
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake flour, how to make cake flour
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Measure 1 level cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and then place the flour into a bowl. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the all-purpose flour. Whisk together to combine and use as a substitute for 1 cup cake flour.

 

You may also want to check out how to make your own self-rising flour substitute. It’s pretty life changing if you ask me.

Enjoy!
Robyn

15 comments on “How to Make Cake Flour”

  1. This is great! I have overlooked a recipe because I did not have cake flour, and couldn’t be bothered with going to the store

  2. Love this Robyn, I pinned it so I don’t forget!! Thanks!

  3. Wow…this is much easier than I thought it would be. Thanks!

  4. I am forever needing cake flour and never seem to have it 🙁 Love this!!

  5. Thanks for the reminder, it’s so much easier than picking it up at the store!

    • Thank you so much for this tip so many times I see a recipe that calls for cake flour . I can’t make it because I never seem to have it in the house.

  6. I use so much cake flour, this is a great tip Robyn!

  7. I can’t tell you how many times I thought about making a recipe, but didn’t have cake flour on hand. This is such a helpful tip, Robyn!

  8. This is so helpful! Thank you!

  9. Really great tip. Thanks for posting. Any tips on how to make your own bread flour??? Have a great week!!!

  10. I never knew how to do this. Thanks, you just saved me a grocery store trip.

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  12. Question: I’m planning on using this for a cake tomorrow. Do I sift the AP flour before I measure it? Or, do I sift the AP flour + cornstarch together afterwards? Help! Thanks!

  13. Robyn – adding just 2 TBSP of cornstarch to the 3/4 of flour is just shy 2 TBSP of 1 C. Do you sift the flour afterwards to get the volume that will makeup the total 1 C.?

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