Cake Flour Dictionary
What Is Cake Flour?
Cake flour is a very fine-textured flour with a low protein content (about seven to nine percent compared to all-purpose flour, which has 10 to 12 percent protein). It also has less protein than pastry or Wondra flour. This means less gluten develops when combined with liquid, resulting in a light, soft cake.
It’s best to use cake flour for simply flavored cakes where texture is key, like this Heavenly White Cake or confetti cake. Stick to all-purpose flour for rich chocolate cakes and dense, “wet” cakes like banana or carrot; these need the higher protein content for structure.
How To Make Cake Flour
This simple recipe for cake flour yields about one cup of flour. If you want to make a larger quantity than that, you can either scale up the recipe or refer to this Cake Flour Mix recipe from recipe creator Jessica Daulton.
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
Measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
Remove 2 tablespoons flour from the cup, then add 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
Sift the flour and cornstarch together through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl, then sift again into a second bowl. The double sift combines the two ingredients especially well, removes any lumps, and incorporates air into the mixture.
Because you’ve added air, your yield for this cake flour may be slightly more than 1 cup, so be sure to measure before baking. Store in an airtight container for about two months.
How to Use Cake Flour
Remember unlike self-rising flour, cake flour has no rising agent, so be sure not to leave out the baking soda or powder from your recipe. Unlike Wondra flour, cake flour has not been par-cooked, so it is not safe to eat raw.
Ready to bake? Use your homemade cake flour in this stunning Chiffon Cake or in this classic Angel Food Cake I. You can also try fan favorites like David’s Yellow Cake (over 1,000 five-star reviews!) or this moist Cream Cheese Pound Cake I.
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