A helpful Cake Flour Substitute guide for when you don't have any on hand. Simple and easy, with just 2 ingredients, but super effective. Sure to make your cake amazing!
Cake Flour Substitute
Cake flour is something I've frankly never even had in my kitchen. I use it so little that I just feel like it would be a waste of money. However, there are some recipes that I make, such as this fantastic Sweet German Chocolate Cake, that call for cake flour, which is a problem since I don't have it!
Enter my trusty cake flour substitute solution! It's super easy, uses ingredients already on hand, and your cake turns out perfect.
How to make a Cake Flour Substitute:
The switch is pretty easy. You measure out how much all-purpose flour you need in a mixing bowl. Then for every cup of flour, you remove 2 tablespoons and then add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch back in.
So just to give you an idea if the recipe calls for:
- 1 cup of cake flour, remove 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 ½ cups of cake flour, remove 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour and add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 2 cups of cake flour, remove 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) of all-purpose flour and add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 2 ½ cups of cake flour, remove 5 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and add 5 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 3 cups of cake flour, remove 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and add 6 tablespoons of cornstarch
And so on. Make sure to sift the corn starch and the all-purpose flour together, or you can stir with a whisk until they're incorporated together nicely.
That's it! No need to buy cake flour with this easy cake flour substitute!
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I only recently realized that cake flour was anything different than all-purpose flour. It isn't even available to purchase in my small town! My son requested an angel food cake from scratch for his birthday this year and we did a little research for that project. Thanks for sharing this easy solution!
What a great thing to share! I keep several kinds of flours in the kitchen, but cake flour is not one I can justify buying. I will definitely be using this trick! Thank you! (I found your post at the Winthrop Chronicles link-up)
Making your own cake flour mix sounds like a grand idea.
Samantha T. says
Thanks for the easy substitution!
Pauline Molinari says
Great information! Thanks so much for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!
But how do I use cake flour instead of regular flour? I have a case of it and have no idea what to do with it.
My best recommendation for subbing cake flour for regular flour is to add about 2-4 tablespoons of cake flour per cup of all-purpose flour indicated in the recipe. So if the recipe calls for 2 cups all-purpose flour, use an additional 4-8 tablespoons if you're using cake flour. Cake flour is lighter than all-purpose, which is why you would need a bit more.
Thank you for this information. It is greatly appreciated but I have a question 'cause I don't want to make any mistakes when I try this.
I have a receipe that needs 1-1/4 cups cake flour so I am assuming I will remove 2-1/2 TBS of all-purpose flour and add 2-1/2 TBS of cornstartch. Am I right? Please reply.
Yes, that is correct