• Make Your Own Cake Flour

    Tis the season to be Baking . . . Have you ever wondered what made cake flour so wonderfully light and fluffy? Well, it contains a ingredient- one that is so simple you won't believe you've been spending extra money on "Cake Flour" this entire time when you could have been making your own at a fraction of the price . .
    Cake flour is generally used in more delicate baked goods such as cakes and cookies. It creates a very light, fluffy cake which is due to it's lower protein content. The added starch in the flour helps hold larger amounts of fat and sugar without "collapsing", giving it a light, fluffy texture, rather than a heavier, condensed brownie-like texture.

    You'll Need:

    All Purpose Flour
    Cornstarch

    For every (1) cup of all purpose flour (remove 2 Tbs of flour) and add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch in its place to = 1 cup of cake flour. To ensure they are completely mixed, combine the flour and cornstarch and run them through a sifter into a container.

    Cake flour should not be used to make bread, as it does not contain enough protein to form a proper gluten.


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    Comments 12 Comments
    1. sandy63's Avatar
      sandy63 -
      Terrific idea. Thanks so much!!!
    1. lala72's Avatar
      lala72 -
      Thank you so much. I rarely use cake flour and this is a great alternative to buying a whole box.
    1. CrazyCatz's Avatar
      CrazyCatz -
      Wow! Thank you so much, I dislike buying cake flour because I use it so infrequently. What a great idea!
    1. StephMc's Avatar
      StephMc -
      Cake flour is NOT simply AP flour & cornstarch. Cake flour is ground finer and then bleached to weaken the protein, resulting in a lighter flour with a much lower protein content than AP flour. While this method could pass for a temporary alternative, it most certainly won't produce the same results as cake flour and it's irresponsible to try and pass it off as the same thing.
    1. BaconEater's Avatar
      BaconEater -
      Quote Originally Posted by StephMc View Post
      Cake flour is NOT simply AP flour & cornstarch. Cake flour is ground finer and then bleached to weaken the protein, resulting in a lighter flour with a much lower protein content than AP flour.
      Technically speaking, if you add cornstarch, you're reducing the protein, aren't you. The only thing that should be emphasized in the directions above is that this should be run through a sifter 2-4 times to fully incorporate the cornstarch.

      it's irresponsible to try and pass it off as the same thing.
      Wow, StephMc- it looks like you're a new member, did you join just to berate a recipe?

      It's a "Substitute Recipe" meant to help save money nobody expects it to be the same thing, just like the Copycat Hooters Wings, you don't see all the guys complaining because they aren't served by cute girls in orange shorts with skin tight tank tops on!

      Don't take life too seriously, nobody gets out Alive.
    1. Barbara1960's Avatar
      Barbara1960 -
      This is a great ideal.
    1. Barbara1960's Avatar
      Barbara1960 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StephMc View Post
      Cake flour is NOT simply AP flour & cornstarch. Cake flour is ground finer and then bleached to weaken the protein, resulting in a lighter flour with a much lower protein content than AP flour. While this method could pass for a temporary alternative, it most certainly won't produce the same results as cake flour and it's irresponsible to try and pass it off as the same thing.
      No one was trying to pass this off as cake flour. They were just trying to help us save some money by not having to buy cake flour. Most people already have flour and cornstarch in their homes already. I love this site. It will save me a lot of money. Open your eyes.
    1. jmmquilter's Avatar
      jmmquilter -
      I love to bake and am reasonably particular about the quality of what I serve my family. If I was making a wedding cake then I would spend the extra money for the real deal. For everyday deserts where I know a horde of hungry kids are going to devour every crumb then this will do nicely. Thanks for making this information available. Every Penney counts at my house.
    1. Vicki1947's Avatar
      Vicki1947 -
      not logged in but curious tofind out how to measure weight cake flour weighs 4 oz
      AP weighs 5 oz.
      I must weigh ingredients for baking I would food processor the flour and corn starch.
      will readu later
      will read the reply later.
    1. candygirl66's Avatar
      candygirl66 -
      Thank you so much for the great tip..... I will be trying this today on my homemade chocolate cake.
    1. candygirl66's Avatar
      candygirl66 -
      Thank you so much for the tip....will make that chocolate cake today!
    1. Redneckvixen's Avatar
      Redneckvixen -
      I have been needing this recipe for awhile. It's gonna help my budget sooo much!


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