Can I substitute all purpose flour for cake flour?
If you don't have cake flour, use 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour sifted with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch for each cup of cake flour called for in a recipe. If you only have cake flour and the recipe calls for all-purpose, use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cake flour for each cup of all-purpose flour.
What can be used in place of cake flour?
To make two cups of cake-and-pastry flour (cake flour), combine 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch; proceed with your recipe. The easiest way to do this substitution is to put 2 tbsp of cornstarch in the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup, then fill the cup as usual with all-purpose flour and level top.
What’s different about cake flour?
Cake flour is a flour that is very finely milled from soft winter wheat. It has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour, and it is finer, lighter, and softer. It's also bleached, so the color is paler and the grain is less dense. Because of the lower protein content, cake flour produces less gluten.
Can I substitute bread flour for cake flour?
Yes, you can absolutely make a 1:1 substitute. For 1 cup bread flour, use 1 cup all-purpose, and vice-versa (note breads and pizza crusts made with all-purpose flour may have a little less chew than those made with bread flour, but results will still be good).