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In need of cake flour, but don’t have time to run to the store? Here’s how to make a homemade cake flour substitute from two pantry staples.
I can’t tell you how much money I’ve wasted on cake flour over the years.
Being the avid baker I am, I always have a ton of flour on hand at home. All-purpose flour. You know, the stuff you can use for everything. Because I’m so basic.
(I mean, I have bread flour too, but that’s a whole different story.)
Cake flour, on the other hand…you should really pay attention to the expiration date on that container, or your super fluffy angel food cake is going to be less than fluffy.
Thankfully, I picked up a tip from my years working in a commercial bakery that saves the day when it comes to cake flour. There’s a good chance if you’ve made a batch of muffins or cookies, you have the two ingredients you need to whip up this cake flour substitute.
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So…if you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering what makes cake flour different, right?
Cake flour is a finely ground flour, lower in protein (8%) than all-purpose (AP) flour (10-11%). It can be used in place of all-purpose in just about any recipe and produces softer, lighter baked goods – which you don’t necessarily want all the time, depending on the recipe. It’s especially important in chiffon or Angel Food Cake, to create that airier texture, vs. the chewier one that AP flour would produce.
The substitute for cake flour is so simple that you may never buy another box of cake flour again! Check your pantry for some all-purpose flour and cornstarch. Got both? Then you’ve got cake flour in our future!
To make your Homemade Cake Flour substitute:
Take 1 level cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons, and then add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch back in. Sift the flour 5 times to distribute the cornstarch before using it in your recipe.
That’s all there is to it!
This is a recipe that is easily multiplied, meaning you’ll never run out of cake flour! With the holidays creeping up on us, make sure you stock up on all-purpose flour & cornstarch (<– affiliate links!), and you’ll be all set to bake up plenty of tasty confections for your friends and family.
Now that you have the basic formula – get baking! This homemade cake flour substitute is perfect in any of these recipes!