Corn starch mixed with all-purpose white flour makes a handy and convenient cake flour substitute.
Sometimes I wonder where we’d be in life without substitutions. Are you with me on this? 🙂
Whether it’s a substitute teacher, or a substitution for cake flour, if you need a substitute, it’s because you’re in need of something.
And, aren’t substitutions how we sometimes stumble onto new recipes?
I know I’ve discovered some recipe gems just because I didn’t have the particular ingredient a recipe called for. And, when a new ‘munged’ recipe comes out tasting much better than the original, that’s when you’ll find me wildly pumping my hand in the air and doing a happy dance, celebrating my brilliance (or desperation), at my success. 🙂
So, as much as I love you guys (and you know I do!), I’m sharing this ‘recipe’ for a substitution for cake flour, not just for you – but also as a great reminder for me.
Because, I’m sure I’m going to find myself in the same situation the next time I bake – without cake flour. 🙂
Remember these words – “bring on the corn starch”!
And…, that’s exactly where I often find myself in creating and trying new recipes. Elbows deep into the ingredient list, having not pre-read it beforehand, and finding myself on a line item that I didn’t anticipate.
Gulp. Like cake flour.
And to add insult to injury, because I do a lot more cooking than baking…, I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as a flour specifically for cakes. How special are they? 🙂
I suppose with something special like a cake, which is usually at any celebration, they deserve their own special flour. Don’t you think?
And, when we forget to invite them to the party (or our pantry), it’s good to know that there’s a substitute!
Cake Flour Substitution
- 1 cup all-purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- Add 1 cup of flour to a bowl, and remove 2 tablespoons, replacing the 2 tablespoons of flour back in the canister.
- Add 2 tablespoons of corn starch to all-purpose flour (replacing the 2 tablespoons of flour you removed).
- Sift thoroughly ensuring the flour and corn starch are well-mixed.
Cake Flour Substitute
Recipe from cooking tips from Taste Of Home and Baking 101 from Joy The Baker.
This is a great post, Kristi! You’re totally right — substitutions is what helps you learn and make a recipe your own. And I’ve read this about cake flour but forgot about it and still buy the stuff! What’s worse, is I don’t use it enough and it expires before I use it again. This is a lifesaver and will save me a few bucks — thanks for the reminder! 🙂
I’m so glad you like it Marcie. I’ve only bought cake flour once, but like you, I didn’t use it, and it was such a waste! So glad to have a substitution!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I love this! I’ve googled substitutes so many times when I’ve found myself in a pickle and don’t feel like going to the grocery! Cake flour is a total life saving sub! Thanks, girl!
I’m so glad you like it Rachelle. It was a life-saver for me too. And, it saves you $$$.
Kennedy Cole|KCole's Creative Corner says
Cake flour is EXPENSIVE! So it’s nice to know that there’s a low cost alternative that’s super easy! I’ll definitely be trying this out sometime! Thanks for sharing, Kristi! 😀 Pinning! 😀
Thank you for the pin – and I’m glad I could save you some $$$.
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Completely agree that we need substitutes. This cake flour substitute is so good. I didn’t know about this. Thanks for this wonderful share, Kristi. 🙂
So glad you found it useful Anu! I love substitutes! They are such life-saver when you run out of something.
Didn’t knew that, that is quite helpful.
Thanks Ella! I’m all about substitutions, because I always seem to be running out of something in the kitchen.