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How To Make Cake Flour

September 20, 2009

How To Make Cake Flour

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Cake flour.  Let’s face facts:  I never have cake flour on hand when I need it.  Luckily, there’s a super easy way to turn good old all-purpose flour into cake flour, lightening your cake crumb, making it super soft and delicious.    Maybe you already know this trick.  It’s a good one.

Here’s a step by step.  From me to you!

How To Make Cake Flour

How to Turn All-Purpose Flour into Cake Flour

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Step One:  Measure out the all-purpose flour that you’ll need for your recipe.

How To Make Cake Flour

How To Make Cake Flour

Step Two: For every cup of flour you use, take out two tablespoons of flour and return it to the flour bin.  Throw the cup of flour (minus the two tablespoons) into a sifter set over a bowl.

How To Make Cake Flour

Step Three:  Replace the two tablespoons of flour that your removed with two tablespoons of cornstarch.

How To Make Cake Flour

Step Four:  Sift the flour and cornstarch together.  Sift it again, and again and again.  The cornstarch and flour need to be well incorporated and the flour aerated.  Sift the flour and cornstarch mixture about five times.  Look at that!  You just made cake flour!

How To Make Cake Flour

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420 Comments Add A Comment

  • Thanks a million! Forgot that I was out of cake flour and I had already started making my pound cake, so you saved me a trip to the grocery!!!

  • Thank you so much for this post.
    I will like to know please what is the measure of your cup in grams.
    Thank youm

  • Thank You so much . Your explanation is so clear.

  • That was some awesome recipe! Thanks a lot! now I can make my Cranberry Almond Cake with so much ease n also any other cake I want without having to look for cake flour at all! lolllllllll………….:)

  • For those wondering why the directions say to measure the cup of flour and then remove the 2 tablespoons of corn starch VS. putting the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in your cup and THEN adding the flour.. I would guess the reason for that is when you SCOOP flour out of your flour bin, and level it off with a knife, or whatever, you get a different amount of flour than you might by adding the flour after the fact. Such as a difference between a PACKED measuring cup vs. a scooped one, etc. Just a thought.. I have never tried it and weighed the results or anything.. ;)

  • thanks joy! i find it hard to look for cake flour here in dubai, thank God as i was searching the net i saw ur post! i just made my very first chiffon cake! indeed, it was a success! love it ;-)

  • hi this is very helpful i sssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo loved it but theres a BUT sorry coulde you of add some type of taste like valina or strwberry that would of beean so scrumchus :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :):0 33333333333333 xxxxxxxxxx 33333333333 oh and (3333333333333 this means kiss its the shape of lips)

  • Thank you Joy, you just saved my tiramisu cake xx

  • Thanks for the recipe. Good work. I think 5X may aerate it a bit much, though.

  • this is awesome! thanks for sharing!

  • ive never understood why every recipe talks of filling the flour first ,then remove 2 T n Then add cornflour,Wudnt it be easier if u first put 2 T cornflour into the measurin cup n then proceeded to fill it with APF???

  • thanks for sharing this cake flour recipe!!!! I always wanted to know how to make flour into cake flour. thanks again.

  • finally clear and concise directions on cake flour. your my new go to person or blog

  • Very informative. Making cake flour is very easy. All you have to do is just follow the given instructions. Thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you soooooo much!!!!!

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