Ap Flour?

Baking By bashini Updated 18 Dec 2009 , 3:23pm by Bluehue

bashini Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 9:35am
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Hi everyone, I have a low fat cupcake recipe and it calls for All Purpose. Is it just Plain Flour or Cake Flour/ Self Raising Flour? Here is the link to the recipe. I'm making Vanilla Cupcakes.


Thanks in advance for any help! icon_smile.gif

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JanH Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 9:49am
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In the U.S., AP flour is plain flour. icon_smile.gif


bashini Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 9:53am
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So what is white flour then, Jan?

JanH Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 9:58am
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All the flours you listed are considered white flour.....

Types of flour in the U.S.:



Info on specific U.S. brands of flour:


Flour - never knew there were this many kinds:


Types of flour in the U.K.:


U.S. AP = U.K. plain flour

U.S. cake flour = U.K. soft flour

U.S. bread flour = U.K. strong flour

U.S. self-rising flour = U.K. self-rising flour


P.S. Of course, after figured out the above equivalents, I came across this handy bit of info:


Bluehue Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 10:44am
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bashini - APF is just another term used for Plain Flour.
All Purpose means - it can be used for all purpose's <---- does that look like its spelt right - icon_redface.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_confused.gif
icon_redface.gif i digress.

Meaning it can be used for cakes, pancakes, scones, a sauce etc.

I think Nigella Lawson has APF in a few of her cookbooks and then in braketes it reads (Plain Flour)

Just helps those living in other countries to know what is being spoken about.

If i see a recipe that reads White Flour - then i use Plain Flour.....compared to say Wholemeal Plain Flour.

Good grief - hope i am not confusing you icon_redface.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


JanH Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 10:57am
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Originally Posted by Bluehue

Just helps those living in other countries to know what is being spoken about.

As George Bernard Shaw said, "England and America are two countries separated by a common language." icon_lol.gif

Don't know why he didn't include AU and NZ...

bashini Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 12:16pm
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Thanks to both of you for the replies and thanks for the links Jan. icon_biggrin.gif

I made my first batch with plain flour and the cupcakes were like rocks!!!!! icon_sad.gif So I made the second batch with self raising flour and they were much much better! icon_smile.gif

Bluehue Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 3:23pm
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JanH - cause we are both just little Islands floating in the Pacific - according to some - icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif

bashini - Glad you went with the SRF and had success.
Some days are *rocks* and some days are diamonds icon_wink.gificon_biggrin.gif


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