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Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in many recipes! Learn how to make it with this quick, easy substitution recipe. It only takes 3 simple ingredients!

Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients! //

Have you ever started a recipe and realized that you didn’t have enough of a specific ingredient called for in that recipe? It is a frustrating thing when that happens. That’s when simple substitutions come to the rescue like this simple self-rising flour recipe for a homemade substitution.

Self-rising flour is used in so many southern recipes and has become a staple ingredient in my kitchen for the perfect buttermilk biscuit, buttermilk pancakes, and cinnamon roll biscuits  and more. But, when I run low on it, I just make my own using just 3 ingredients that I always keep on hand. 

How to Make Homemade Self-Rising Flour Substitute

This homemade self-rising flour works perfectly in recipes that call for self-rising flour. I’ve included the recipe to make one cup of the homemade substitute, but it can easily be scaled up or down based on your specific needs.

Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients! //

It’s really simple to make and only takes about two seconds.

For each cup of flour, whisk together with 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Make sure to whisk all of these ingredients together well so that the baking powder and salt are both evenly distributed within the flour.

Self Rising Flour - Learn how to make self-rising flour with this super easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 everyday ingredients! //

Here’s the printable recipe card for how I make it my own self-rising flour substitute. I hope you find it as helpful as I do!

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How to Make Self-Rising Flour

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Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients! //
Prep Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cup
Course how to
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Measure all ingredients and whisk to combine.



Measurements to equal each cup of self-rising flour.

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Originally published April 2012.

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  1. You don’t know how many times I’ve needed self rising flour and didn’t have any…this will definitely be put to good use!!

    1. Thank ya much! It’s perfect for those early morning pancakes and waffles and let’s not get started on the biscuits! 🙂

  2. This is great information! I had no idea that I could just make it myself. Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Natalie. It’s freed up a canister on my counter top that now gets used for chocolate! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Missy. So great to just whip it up quickly and not have to add something else to my grocery list.

  3. Wow, that’s awesome!! I resort to keeping Bisquick on hand. My husband does the breakfast cooking so I’ll have to tell him about this. I have been wanting to experiment more with wheat flour but I’m not sure where to start.

    1. …oops…
      Just stumbled upon this amazing recipe and your wonderful blog. Thanks for this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make something and then realized that I don’t have self-rising flour. I use it so seldom that I would hate to buy a whole bag. Now I don’t have to!!!

    1. Hi Tina,
      Depending on if you spoon or dip the all-purpose flour into your measuring cup, you’ll have between 4.5 ounces and 5 ounces.

    1. Hi Ellen,
      You sure can. If I know I’ll be using a good bit for various recipes, I’ll mix up a batch to keep on hand.

  4. 5 stars
    Just gave this info to my niece. I didn’t know exact measurements for a cup, so thanks. Also, if you’re using buttermilk or “sour milk” we were always told that you needed to add 1 tsp baking soda along with the baking powder and salt. That info was passed by my grandmother, now I’m the granny. 😉

  5. Hello. Thanks for sharing the recipe but will it really work? I read many articles about DIY flours you know like self-rising flour and cake flour or how to add lemon juice or vinegar to milk to get buttermik etc… and every time the writer will end up like “of course it would be better to use whatever the recipe calls for”. So, will this really work? Just asking.

    1. Hi Hala,
      It absolutely works – as does the buttermilk substitute. Hope you find it helpful!

  6. I have been using all purpose, salt together with baking powder but i had no idea that when you put this three ingredients they make self raising. Thank you for sharing with us.

  7. 5 stars
    This is a Great Recipe I just Double it if I need 2 cups or if I need more I double that to get 4 cups works great . Thank’s for a Great recipe . I never buy at the store any more . I thank this is better .

  8. 5 stars
    I seen that some of you didn’t know how much was in a cup so here“s a little table that might help . when Making Self Rising Flour or any thing else .

    Tablespoon Conversions

    16 tablespoons = 1 cup
    12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
    10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 2/3 cup
    8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
    6 tablespoons = 3/8 cup
    5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
    4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
    2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
    2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 1/6 cup
    1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
    2 cups = 1 pint
    2 pints = 1 quart
    3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
    48 teaspoons = 1 cup

    Sorry had to re do some of Spelling . All good now . Thank you .

  9. This is great. I actually hate self rising flour because I find it too salty. So it is good I can make my own and skip or reduce the salt. Thanks!!!!

  10. This is great! I will usually just skip a recipe if it calls for self-rising flour- I only use whole wheat. I’m going to play around and see how this works with whole wheat flour and maybe give some recipes a try that I wouldn’t have before.

    1. I’m so glad you found it helpful! There are so many great recipes using self-rising flour that I bet will work beautifully with whole wheat! xo

  11. Actually making your own self-raising flour is better than buying the packed ready-made one from the store. One reason is that the leavening agent in the ready-made ones could expire and go stale before the actual expiry date of the flour itself which is found on the package. It did not happen to me yet but I have read comments by a few home bakers regarding self-raising flour. Also, as Regine says the ready-made ones are too salty and she is right. If you make your own then you have contol on how much salt you should put. As for Stacey’s concern, no cause for concern about the chemistry involved. I have always made my own self-raising flour and it worked magnificiently every time.

  12. Needed self rising flour for fried chicken will see hoew it works Biscuits lioked interesting mine never rise so will use this flour recepie

  13. If I wanted to make a self-raising flour good for a 1/4 cup. What are the measurements for all these three ingredients?

  14. I need the amount of ingredients to add to 5 pounds regular flour to make 5 pounds self rising flour

  15. Do you use this amount of baking powder & salt for each cup of flour used in a recipe, or do you only add these two to just 1 cup of the flour used in a recipe, & mix it with the rest of the flour? (Say , for instance a recipe calls for 4 cups flour, do you add the b. pow & salt to each cup?)

    1. Hi Betty,
      You’ll use these ratios for every cup of flour called for in a recipe. I hope that helps! xo

  16. Hi, if im using this substitute in a recipe that calls for baking powder and salt, will I add the baking powder and salt on top of the amount you’ve used? So, that would basically double the baking soda and salt. 

    1. Hi Linnea,
      I’m not sure what your recipe ingredients are, but please make sure what type of flour is needed. If it indeed calls for self-rising flour instead of all-purpose, then you would use the completed self-rising flour recipe, and then your additional recipe ingredients. Thanks!

  17. I had the opposite dilemma…my spouse brought home self rising instead of regular and your recipe helped me figure out if I needed to add baking powder to my cake or not! Thanks

  18. If the recipe calls for 3 cups of self-rising flour, does it mean to say i need to add 4 & 1/2 tsp. of baking powder and 3/4 tsp. salt to 3 cups all purpose flour? Thanks in advance for replying.

  19. This is awesome knowledge Robyn! Frankly, as much as I bake, I had no idea I could make my own. Really good to know.

  20. Making Banana Bread & Yep–no self rising. Somewhat confusing some say 1 1/4 t baking powder
    others 1 t. Hmmm. but thank you. good luck to ME. LOL

  21. 5 stars
    Good to learn that I can make self-raising flour at home, as this does not exist in Norway.
    Now I can use several American cake recipes I have, since I didn’t know what self-raising flour is.

  22. 5 stars
    thank you and this is helpful. baking banana cranberry loaf and calls for a self rising flour. will try other recipes featured in this website. keep safe!

  23. 4 stars
    Thank you Robyn. We had already done our shopping earlier today and while poking around the internet later in the afternoon I came across a two ingredient biscuit recipe. I knew I had some heavy cream, but thought my self rising flour had become the victim of a mouse invasion last year. Well, the invasion was turned back and them mices defeated, but the self rising flour was not in a container and so….well you can imagine the rest. Undaunted, I looked to your site and found what will save the day. We are having a slow cooker Mediterranean pot roast on Sunday and will try my new biscuit recipe, using your self rising flour mix, to sop up the gravy. Thanks for being there.
    Rev. David

  24. Hi Robin thanks so much for the self rising flour recipe. But should I use level teaspoons or heaped teaspoons of baking powder? Thanks

    1. Commercial self-rising flour is a mixture of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt, Sonia.

  25. Going to try this. When I make my biscuits. Purchased Hudson cream ap flour from their site, but I know I need self rising flour. Their flour is amazing, not heavy at all! Had never heard of it before, ( it’s a southern thang) but on a cooking show, it was reccomended. I can see why! Thanks for the info, I’ll just add these ingredients to my AP before making biscuits ,pancakes, rolls!

  26. 5 stars
    I will try this recipe. I’m going to visit some relatives in another country and will try to impress them. Thank you

  27. I used your recipe for my lemon pound cakes, they came out light and fluffy. The best I’ve made in a while. Thank you.

    1. Sonia, I love that this helped with making your lemon pound cakes. I like to have these substitutions I can make when I don’t have the actual ingredient I need for a recipe.

  28. This is such a great tip! Does this work for making cookies. My cookie recipe calls for 1 1/4 cup of self rising flour? So how much baking powder and salt shall I use ? Thank you

  29. 5 stars
    I always thought self-rising and cake flour were the same thing🙄😄! Thank you for the recipes for both. My cakes, muffins and cookies are a heck of a lot better thanks to you.

  30. What type of salt are you using here? Most diy’s substitutions call for double or even triple the amount of salt listed here.

  31. 5 stars
    This was hugely helpful, as I am making a cake for my best friend’s birthday today and the recipe called for self rising flour. Thank you so much!

    1. I’m so glad this “How To” helped you, Jeannette. I love that you can make this from ingredients you have at home and don’t have to make an extra trip to the store.