What Is Cake Flour?

Cake flour is an ultra-fine flour that is lighter than the commonly used all-purpose flour. The flour is best used when making cakes and cupcakes because it produces a light, sponge-like texture. However, because of how light the flour is, it's only recommended that you use it with cakes. If you try using cake flour when baking other foods, such as bread, the flour is too finely milled and the dough will not rise.

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How To Make Cake Flour

If you find yourself in the middle of making a cake and lacking cake flour, but don't want to use dense all-purpose flour, try making your own cake flour with this recipe:


  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch


  • For each cup of cake flour the recipe calls for, measure out an equal amount of all-purpose flour
  • For each cup used, remove two tablespoons of the flour
  • Replace each tablespoon of flour removed with an equal amount of cornstarch
  • Using a sifter or a strainer, sift the flour and cornstarch mix five or six times
  • Add to the recipe as a substitute for cake flour
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Recipes Using Cake Flour

Basic Vanilla Cake

You can't go wrong with a simple, fluffy vanilla cake. This recipe makes a delicate, buttery cake with a delicious sweet taste.

white vanilla cake with white frosting on white plate

Angel Food Cake

Baking angel food cake might be a lot of work, but the succulent sponge cake is well worth the effort. The cake flour is a key ingredient for the light and fluffy cake, especially after the batter is sifted five times. Serve with strawberries for the best taste.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Using cake flour when making red velvet cupcakes makes the rich mixture less dense and more luscious. This recipe ensures the fluffiest rich cupcakes that taste incredible when topped with red velvet's staple cream cheese frosting.

plate of small red velvet cupcakes on blue surface
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