This Homemade Cake Flour recipe needs only two ingredients! You must add to your arsenal of baking necessities.
My basic vanilla cake calls for this flour and if you try to use all-purpose flour, it will give you a denser cake. In fact, the texture will be so dry and dense it will resemble cornbread.
But, if you're anything like me, you don't always have cake flour on hand. That shouldn't be a problem though. You make cake flour at home with 2 simple ingredients you already have in the pantry.
While the results won't be exactly the same as using real cake flour, it's a pretty close comparison. But with any recipe, it's always best to use the exact ingredients called for.
What is cake flour?
There are three common types of flour. And they all have different protein content. Let's take a look.
Bread flour has approximately 14-16% protein. This flour is mostly used for making homemade bread and offers the chewiness we all love in rustic crusty bread.
All-purpose flour has approximately 10-12% protein. This flour is called for in most baked goods like cookies, brownies, and muffins. It offers a slightly less chewy texture than bread flour.
Cake flour as approximately 7-8% protein. The lower protein percentage is crucial for cakes. It's what gives the cake layers structure along with a light, tender texture.
Cake flour is vital for delicate cakes like chiffon cakes.
How to make cake flour at home
It's very easy to make your own cake flour. It takes just 10 minutes to prep a whole bunch to store away in the pantry.
Measure out 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and place it in the measuring cup.
Gently spoon all-purpose flour into the cup over the cornstarch. Don't pack the flour down in the cup.
Just lightly spoon it in until the cup will hold no more flour then use the back of a knife to level off the cup.
Do this for every cup of cake flour you need for a recipe.
Once you've measured out the cornstarch and flour, sift it together 4 to 6 times. Sifting it this many times ensures it's thoroughly combined and properly aerated.
The cornstarch works by inhibiting gluten development to create a soft cake texture.
Make several cups of homemade cake flour and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This way you'll always have it on hand.
How is cake flour different than all-purpose flour?
As mentioned above, the primary difference between cake flour and all-purpose flour is the protein content which turns into gluten.
Cake flour contains significantly less protein which yields a fine crumb that's incredibly tender and rises great.
Some great recipes using cake flour:
Strawberry Shortcake Cake - This single layer cake recipe is so simple to make and tastes like a classic strawberry shortcake.
Apple Cake - This delicate cake is so light and fluffy with bits of chopped apple throughout! It's perfect for fall.
Basic Sour Cream Pound Cake - Tastes just like the one grandma used to make!
Lemon Raspberry Cake - Tender lemon cake with fresh raspberry filling and luscious raspberry frosting. SO GOOD!
Angel Food Cake - Super easy to make and incredibly delicious.
White Cake - Made completely from scratch, this cake must be added to your favorites.
Tips for making homemade cake flour
- If you are in the UK, cornstarch is referred to as corn flour. Be sure you are not using cornmeal. They are two completely different things.
- Sift, sift, sift! The flour and cornstarch need to be sifted together well for this homemade recipe to work properly. Sift at least four times but more is better!
- This recipe is for one cup of cake flour. Multiply the recipe for however many cups of cake flour you need.