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How to Make Homemade Cake Flour {Substitute}

Learn how to to make homemade cake flour with 2 simple ingredients. This is a quick and easy substitute with just all purpose flour and cornstarch!

You can go to the store and search for special cake flour (and spend more money), or just use what you likely already have around your house. It’s also a great recipe to have in a pinch as a substitute when you didn’t realize you ran out of your favorite cake flour! For more helpful baking tips, check out How to blind bake pie crust and How To Make Brown Sugar. 

Easy Cake Flour Substitute in Measuring Cup

What is Cake Flour?

It’s a low protein flour that’s typically used in baking, especially cakes, in order to give them that wonderfully firm but soft texture. This is typically the flour that is used in fancy bakeries.

How to make DIY cake flour substitute recipe from scratch?

You only need 2 ingredients to make this!

Measure out– 1 cup of all purpose flour.

Remove– 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour from your cup and dump it back into your flour bag.

Add in– 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into your cup of all purpose flour.

Sift- Five separate times and you’re done!

Homemade Flour Blend With Cornstarch on Wood Table

Cake Flour vs All-Purpose Flour vs. Pastry flour (Is it the same as plain flour?)

The main difference is the protein content. Cake flour has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour and that results in a light, airy and fluffy cake texture.

Spoonful of DIY Homemade Cake Flour- Closeup Shot

Can I use all-purpose flour to replace cake flour?

No, because cake flour gives a more airy, light texture often desired in many baked goods. All-purpose flour would make your recipe more dense and heavy. Some examples you can try with this cake flour include my Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake, Funfetti Cake, and Yellow Cupcakes.

Best Baking Flour Blend in Measuring Cup

Tips and techniques for homemade cake flour

The key is sifting- You need to sift these 2 ingredients multiple times because it allows the cornstarch and flour to mix together thoroughly.

Make more- You can easily double or triple this recipe and because it has a long shelf life you can use it many more times.

Don’t forget to remove some flour- You need to remove and replace 2 Tbs of flour with 2 Tbs corn starch. If you forget to omit the flour this won’t work as well.

Store in well sealed container– Because this will ensure humidity and other unwanted things stay out of the flour.

Storage

Room Temperature- Store this in a sealed container away from humidity for up to 6 months. Beware of climate and humidity affecting shelf life.

Fridge- Store in a sealed container away from possible liquid spills for up to 1 year.

Freezer- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 years.

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Homemade Cake Flour Substitute

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Learn how to to make homemade cake flour with 2 simple ingredients. This is a quick and easy substitute with just all purpose flour and cornstarch!
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch

Instructions 

  • Measure out 1 cup of all purpose flour.
  • Remove 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour from your cup and dump it back into your flour bag.
  • Now, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into your cup of all purpose flour.
  • Sift once.
  • Sift twice.
  • Sift thrice.
  • Sift again.
  • And sift one last time!

Notes

  • Don’t skip the sifting! 
  • Store this in a sealed container away from humidity at room temperature. 
  • Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. 

Nutrition

Calories: 515kcal, Carbohydrates: 109g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 133mg, Fiber: 3g, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 5.8mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 515
Author: Abeer Rizvi

54 comments on “How to Make Homemade Cake Flour {Substitute}”

  1. Thank you so much. I ran out of cake flour and had the urge to make a roll cake that calls for cake flour. It turned out great. 5 stars

  2. Great!l i didn’t have any cake flour for my cupcakes for my kids!5 stars

  3. This just saved me a LOT of extra time and gas to the grocery store! THANK YOU! 🙂5 stars

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