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How to Make Cake Flour

Two Methods:

Are you making a cake, but don't have cake flour around? In this article are instructions for making cake flour out of regular flour so you don't have to buy some specialized flour (when it's easier and cheaper to make right in the comfort of your own home).



Mixing bowl method

  1. Measure and add 1 cup all-purpose flour to a mixing bowl.
  2. Remove 2 tablespoons of flour.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the bowl.
  4. Mix to sift together the cornstarch and flour mixture.The mixture will need to get mixed thoroughly if you want a light and fluffy cake flour.
  5. Continue with your regular baking recipe.

Measuring cup method

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a 1 cup measure.
  2. Use a spoon to fill up the rest with the all-purpose flour.
  3. Add the mixture to your mixing bowl.Continue with your regular baking recipe.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    My recipe calls for 3 cups of cake flour. I know they say to sift 1 cup of home made cake flour 5-6 times. Do I have to sift it 15-18 times to blend it well?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, just do all 3 cups at the same time 5-6 times, so long as every cup of flour goes through the sieve 5-6 times.
  • Question
    What should I do if I only have self-rising flour to make cake flour, is it the same procedure?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Self-rising flour is a ratio of 1 cup of flour to 2 tsp of baking powder. If your recipe calls for 1 cup of flour and 2 tsp of baking powder, then you are golden. If, however, it wanted 2 cups of flour and 2 tsp baking powder, that is going to be too much baking powder; use 1 cup of self-rising and 1 cup of plain.
  • Question
    How do I measure 3/4 cup of flour?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Find a 3/4 cup in your set, or use 1/4 fractions to figure out how to work with 1/4, 1/2, or 1 cup measurements.
  • Question
    How many cups of flour are in 500 g?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    That depends on what type of flour it is. Generally, 125 g flour is 1 cup, which means 500 g is about 4 cups of flour.
  • Question
    Are self-rising flour and plain flour the same?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Self-rising flour is plain flour (all-purpose flour) with raising agents added. To make your own, add 1.5 tsp baking powder to 1 cup all-purpose flour.
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  • You can even label the container with a useful recipe reminder.
  • Be sure to use all purpose flour when mixing to make the cake flour. Self rising flour will change the ingredients you need in basic cake recipes.
  • Use a strainer to blend the ingredients if you don't have a flour sifter.
  • This substitution measurement can easily be multiplied and stored in an airtight container.
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour - 2 tablespoons flour + 2 tablespoons cornstarch = 1 cupcake flour
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup cornstarch = 2 cups cake flour

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Flour sifter or strainer

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