DIY Essentials: Homemade Cake Flour

Andy Anderson !


Cake flour is probably not one of those things you have on hand, but when you needed it you need it. n'est-ce pas?

No need to go dashing off to the grocer to pick up a bag; all you need are two simple ingredients, and you are good to go.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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How to Make DIY Essentials: Homemade Cake Flour


  2. Why does this work?
    Well, to answer that question, let us examine the difference between all-purpose flour, and cake flour. Actually it is all in the amount of protein each flour contains. Cake flour is low in protein, being about 8%. All-purpose flour can go from 9, up to 11% protein. Understand that protein converts to gluten during the kneading and baking process.
    The lower the protein the better it is for cakes, because it delivers a nice tender texture, and rises well, during the baking process.
  3. Why Cornstarch?
    Cornstarch slows down the formation of gluten and, at the same time adds that sponginess we all associate with a good moist cake.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Add two level tablespoons of cornstarch to a 1-cup dry measuring cup.
  6. Fill the remaining space with all-purpose flour, and level off.
  7. Add to a small bowl, and thoroughly whisk.
  9. Use in any recipe that calls for cake flour. Enjoy.
  10. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About DIY Essentials: Homemade Cake Flour

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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