How to Make Cake Flour

by Sara on February 12, 2011

sifting the ingredients

At any given time, I have several variations of flour at my disposal: whole wheat, all purpose, bread, cake, almond, whole wheat pastry…

With that many varieties, it stands to reason that I sometimes run out of one or more. The kind I run out of most often? Cake. I tend to buy it when I need it but don’t really pay attention when I use it up, because I generally use it for one recipe: vanilla cupcakes.

When I decided to make some Valentine’s cupcakes, I realized I had no cake flour. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. As long as you have all purpose flour and some cornstarch in your pantry, you have everything you need.

how to make cake flour

To achieve a similar-textured flour, for every one cup of cake flour called for in a recipe, subtract 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and replace with cornstarch, then sift the flour/cornstarch combination a minimum of 3 times (more wouldn’t hurt).

A helpful hint here is to remember that there are 4 tablespoons in 1/4 cup. And if you happen to have a kid who doesn’t think they’ll ever need to know how to add and subtract fractions in the real world, have them help you make cake flour for a recipe sometime.

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Noor Fatima January 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

hi !! i saw your vanilla cupcake recipe and i am really confused ! :(
I do not have cake flour and i am feeling very lazy to calculate how much cornflour and all-purpose flour would be used for 3/4 cake flour.. LOL !

Noor Fatima January 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

and i am soo excited to bake them as I read the comments below that stated ur cuppycakes are great !!

Diana April 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hi Noor Fatima! I was curious about this myself, but I figured it out.

It says to use 2 tablespoons of cornstarch for every cup of flour. That equals 1/2 tablespoon for every 1/4 cup. So, you should replace 1 1/2 tablespoons of the flour with cornstarch for the vanilla cupcake recipe.

I hope that helps! And thank you so much, Sara – you saved me a trip to the store :)

jan June 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I’m making cake flour now.

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