Cake flour vs. all purpose flour. What is it?
What Is Cake Flour?
If you are like me, you may have gone your whole life not knowing what cake flour is. Honestly, until I started getting into baking, I had never heard of cake flour. Or if I had, I just assumed it was the same as regular flour. There is a difference though. Cake flour is lighter and softer than all purpose flour and is used to make cakes lighter and more tender.
To be honest, I have not been able to find cake flour anywhere, but according to other blogs it is quite easy to find. My struggle may be due to I have been searching during the COVID-19 quarantine where all flour is incredibly hard to find in general. But even before this shut down, I haven't seen cake flour.
What to do if you can't find Cake Flour?
Can't find Cake flour Either? Don't worry, there is a easy substitute that you can make using just two ingredients! All you need is All- purpose flour and cornstarch. For every cup of All-purpose flour, remove 2 tbsps. Then add 2 tbsps of cornstarch to the flour.
In the first photo, you can see the leveled out flour. This helps get just the right amount measured. In the second photo, is the added cornstarch. It is lower in protein and has a whiter appearance.
To combine, sift together Two Times. This is to make sure that the flour and cornstarch are completely combined and light like cake flour is.
Once your cake flour is ready to use, when you measure out your cups, make sure you spoon the cake flour into the measuring cup and sweep the excess away the a flat edge (a knife will do the trick). Do NOT pack the flour down. Now you are ready to bake away!