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What Is Cake Flour?

Within the grocery retailer, you’ll doubtless discover an aisle of flour varieties like all-purpose, cake flour, bread flour, pastry flour, and plenty of extra. These flours are outlined by the quantity of protein they include, which in flip impacts the quantity of gluten in your baked good. Extra protein sometimes means extra gluten.

Flours with larger protein content material (like bread flour) are used for recipes that produce baked items with a hearty and strechy crumbs like bread and pizza. Flours with decrease protein—like cake flour—are used to make baked items with mild and tender crumbs (like cake!).

To see what sort of baked items you can also make with cake flour, take a look at Hummingbird Excessive‘s cake recipe assortment!

Cake Flour Versus All Goal Flour

Cake flour has a decrease protein content material than all-purpose flour. Cake flour sometimes comprises 5 to eight% protein, whereas all-purpose flour comprises 10 to 12% and bread flour comprises 12 to 16%.

Different variations? Prior to now, cake flour was extra finely floor, with a silky texture just like confectioners’ sugar. Nonetheless, today, most business flours are floor to the identical consistency and texture.

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How To Make Cake Flour

You may make cake flour at residence with simply two substances: all-purpose flour and cornstarch!

To take action, measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour right into a bowl. Then, scoop out 2 Tablespoons of the flour and change with 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch.

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You can too scale the recipe up and down accordingly. For example—to make 2 cups of cake flour, measure out 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Then, scoop out 4 Tablespoons (or ¼ cup) of the flour and change it with the identical quantity of cornstarch.

Though it’s straightforward sufficient to do with measuring cups, I want to do it by weight. That approach, you’ll be able to scale the recipe up or down simply. Take a look at the recipe card under for additional directions with weight measurements!

Finest Retailer Purchased Cake Flour

Okay, you learn the above and thought “an excessive amount of work, I’ll simply go to the shop”. I get it! If you happen to determine to go the shop purchased route, my favourite cake flour is Swans Down Cake Flour. That is the one firm that makes cake flour EXCLUSIVELY.

Recipes With Cake Flour

Momofuku Milk Bar Chocolate Chip Layer Cake Recipe

This Momofuku Milk Bar chocolate chip cake is likely one of the hottest truffles from famed pastry chef Christina Tosi and her bakery, Milk Bar! The cake is made with layers of chocolate chip yellow cake, ardour fruit curd, espresso frosting, and chocolate crumbs.

6 Inch German Chocolate Cake Recipe

This 6 inch German chocolate cake is a small batch model of a beloved traditional! The cake is made with three layers of chocolate bitter cream cake and coconut pecan butterscotch custard. The cake is then coated in darkish chocolate ganache to stability out the sweetness of the filling!

Finest Potluck Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

Potluck chocolate sheet cake is a simple potluck dessert to feed a crowd; made with an extremely moist and (virtually!) one bowl chocolate cake recipe, the cake is then topped off with a tasty chocolate cream cheese frosting that does not soften in heat climate.

Guava Cake Recipe

This guava cake recipe makes a vibrant pink sheet chiffon cake with a lot of Hawaiian taste because of guava within the cake and whipped frosting!

photo of pink sheet cake on marble backdrop with slices

Small Batch Funfetti Cake Recipe

This small batch funfetti cake is baked in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. It is the proper serving dimension for two to 4 folks! Regardless of its small dimension, it is nonetheless the funfetti cake everyone knows and love: a brilliant moist white cake studded with rainbow sprinkles and topped with vanilla buttercream frosting.

small batch funfetti cake

My Finest Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

This chocolate birthday cake is made with three layers of the moistest, lightest chocolate cake you’ll ever style. The recipe is virtually one bowl, and solely requires two bowls and a whisk to deliver the batter collectively. The cake is then coated with a creamy, luscious, and fudgy chocolate cream cheese frosting that will likely be a success at any birthday!

6 Inch Japanese Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Not like American strawberry shortcake (which is made with biscuits), Japanese strawberry shortcake is made with mild and ethereal white sponge cake layered with whipped cream and strawberries. It’s extremely mild, creamy, and refreshing. 

Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake Recipe

This Kentucky bourbon butter cake recipe makes an extremely buttery and moist buttermilk bundt cake. The cake is drenched in a boozy, sugary, Kentucky bourbon whiskey glaze.

kentucky bourbon butter cake
strawberry yellow sheet cake
A photo of hands holding a slice of white chocolate pistachio babka on a white plate.

Milk Bar Birthday Cake Recipe

This Milk Bar Birthday Cake Recipe is a do-it-yourself model of the most well-liked cake from famed New York Metropolis bakery, Milk Bar! The birthday cake is made with layers of white cake studded with rainbow sprinkles, cream cheese frosting, and a crunchy streusel constituted of birthday cake crumbs.

photo of milk bar birthday cake on white plate against white brick backdrop

Eggnog Cake Recipe

Eggnog cake is the proper, straightforward vacation cake recipe to feed a crowd! The cake is made with an eggnog flavored sheet cake topped with eggnog frosting.

eggnog cake

Chocolate Strawberry Snack Cake Recipe

This chocolate strawberry snack cake is made with a light-weight and fluffy chocolate cake topped off with tangy strawberry cream cheese frosting. The frosting is made with freeze-dried strawberries for further taste and coloration!

chocolate strawberry cake
photo of michelle from hummingbird high making homemade cake flour in a glass bowl with a red whisk

Do-it-yourself Cake Flour Recipe

yield: 2 cups



  • 1 ¾ cup (7.85 ounces or 223 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (1 ounce or 28 grams) cornstarch


  • Whisk the flour and cornstarch. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and cornstarch. Whisk to mix, then sift via a fine-mesh sieve.

  • Serve and retailer. Use as instructed within the recipe of your selection.The flour will hold, in an hermetic container saved in a cool, darkish place, for as much as 1 yr.


Over the previous a number of years of operating Hummingbird Excessive, I saved a vital side of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extraordinarily demanding job within the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I lastly reveal the secrets and techniques to baking scrumptious desserts on a good schedule.