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Cake Flour Substitute is so easy to make at home! All that you need is just two ingredients: all-purpose flour and cornstarch. You can make multiple batches of this recipe and store it in an airtight container in the pantry.
Making cake flour at home will only cost you $0.25 to make 1 cup!
Cake flour is a must in recipes like these Coconut Cupcakes and this Chocolate Chip Cake because it gives you the softest tender cupcakes and cakes.
This is a great recipe to have on hand if you do not use cake flour often. Then, instead of wasting money on an entire box of cake flour that may take up coveted storage space in your pantry, you can make it.
Have you ever had a recipe you really wanted to make, and as you’re scanning the ingredients list, you realize you have everything except for one ingredient? Yeah, that happens to me, too.
For me, it’s usually a yummy dessert that requires cake flour. Well, today, I have a money-saving fix for you with this cake flour substitute recipe.
Ingredients and Cost
Per Serving Cost: $0.03
Recipe Cost: $0.25
- 1 cup all-purpose flour – $0.19
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch – $0.06
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
- Measure out 1 cup of flour and place it in a bowl. Then remove 2 Tablespoons of the flour.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour.
- Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl.
- Sift the flour into the bowl. Now you have 1 cup of cake flour ready for your recipe!
*Check out the recipe video below!
What is cake flour?
Cake flour is most commonly used in cakes (hence the name), and it produces a lighter, finer, softer texture to the cake. It’s made from bleached soft winter wheat that is very finely milled. As a result, it has less protein content than all-purpose flour, making the flour less dense.
- If you’re making a large batch of cake flour to store I suggest sifting the ingredients 3 times before storing in an air-tight container. This will ensure the cornflour is evenly distributed throughout the flour.
- The sifter that I use serves double duty as a strainer as well and comes in a set of 3 of varying sizes all for about $13. Here’s the set I have.
- Arrowroot powder can be used in place of cornstarch in the recipe below.
- measuring cups and spoons
- mixing bowl
- fine mesh strainer
- storage container
Need some recipes that use cake flour? Try out these: Coconut Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Pound Cake, New York Crumb Cake, Key Lime Cupcakes, or a family favorite, Chocolate Chip Cake!
Cake Flour Substitute Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- Measure out 1 cup of flour and place it in a bowl.1 cup all-purpose flour
- Then remove 2 Tablespoons of the flour.1 cup all-purpose flour
- Add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour.2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl.
- Sift the flour into the bowl. Now you have 1 cup of cake flour ready for your recipe!1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
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Thank you for this wonderful tip. Have a sweet day.
Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites says
This is such a great recipe to keep handy! I rarely have cake flour on hand, but it does work so much better for some recipes. Thanks!
This is great to know. With all the shortages of supplies in the stores these days, I love when I have things I can use or make instead.
Thank you for the tip and making this so much easier! Can’t wait to make a cake now!
Toni Dash says
This is so helpful!! I love how easy it is to make!
Jennifer Allen says
This worked perfectly! I was out of cake flour and didn’t want to go to the store. Found your recipe and it worked like a charm. Thank you!
Gaile Hennig says
Why can’t you just put 2 tbl. of cornstarch in a cup and then finish filling with flour?
You can do that, too.
Shadi Hasanzadenemati says
This was such a hit! Thank you for this awesome recipe
What? How come I didn’t know about this trick! I loved it! These are the kitchen hacks I truly love! I found it super helpful, as I tried it and worked beautifully!
So glad this worked for you! 🙂
Great tips. I love using cake flour but confess that with a small kitchen I don’t always have it on hand. This is perfect and so economical! Love it.
I often see recipes calling for cake flour and your hack is genius! I can’t believe it’s this easy and that I don’t have to drive all over town to find cake flour!
Oh, wow! This is great information, thanks so much for sharing. Never buying cake flour again.
Do you do this for each cup of cake flour you need for a recipe?
If I’m in a pinch, yes. But I usually have a big container sitting in my pantry that I’ve pre-mixed.