In a pinch and need cake flour? I will teach you how to make cake flour at home so you create perfectly tender, soft and moist cakes each and every time! If you are missing other ingredients, try making this DIY Powdered Sugar or this Egg Substitution List and the Ultimate List of Baking Substitutions! Try this recipe with cakes like my German Chocolate Cake, Cream Cheese Pound Cake, and my Sour Cream Pound Cake.
This is a post that should have already been on my blog a super long time ago. I am literally asked about cake flour on almost every single cake recipe I post.
That’s because I use cake flour almost exclusively though you will sometimes find all purpose flour or even self rising flour sprinkled in. Every now and again, I will want the texture to be different like in my Chocolate Birthday Cake or Lemon Layer Cake where I use all purpose flour but overall cake flour is my stand by.
What is Cake Flour?
Cake Flour is a speciality type of flour that has a lower protein ratio than that found in All Purpose flour. Because of its lower protein ratio (only about 8%), it naturally creates less gluten making it a wonderful selection for baking when you want your final results to be much more tender and soft. It is also usually bleached.
It is generally lighter than all purpose flour as well since it is sifted several times when made. Cake flour comes in at a weight of 4 ounces while all purpose flour measured in the same amount comes out to 4 ½ ounces.
This is important information to keep in mind when making substitutions in your baking.
What Flour Brands Do You Use?
I personally buy and use Swans Down. It has been used for making cakes in my family for years, and I totally trust it.
It does require additional sifting but that is totally fine since I know it will make the cake even lighter.
How to Make Cake Flour
This is a very easy recipe that you can follow if you don’t have any at home.
You will need all purpose flour, cornstarch and a sifter! For every cup of cake flour you recipe requires, simple measure 1 level cup of all purpose flour then remove 2 tablespoons of the flour.
Next measure and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour and sift 4-5 times. This will work whenever you are in a pinch.
The cornstarch addition stops gluten formation in your cakes but also provides more of that tender structure we love about cake. This is why I love it so much!
Cakes That Use Cake Flour
Here are some of my favorite recipes that truly benefit from the soft texture that it provides. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
How To Make Cake Flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- For every cup of cake flour you recipe requires, simple measure 1 level cup of all purpose flour then remove 2 tablespoons of the flour.
- Next measure and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour and sift 4-5 times.
- Use in your recipe requiring cake flour.
Angela Ashton-Becton says
Can you buy cake flour? If so, what brand do you recommend?
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
I use Swan’s Down
John Baker says
King Arthur unbleached cake flour. Sold at your local Publix store, Amazon and online direct from King Arthur.
if you already have cake flour do u sift first then measure or measure and then sift?
Do you use this in the recipe as if it’s 1 cup of cake flour or do you measure this mixture after sifting? In other words, do you remeasure after all the sifting in case aeration increases the volume?
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
You measure it after all of the steps and continue with your recipe.
Just add 2 tablespoon of cornstarch instead of 2 tablespoons per cup