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What the heck is cake flour?

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Is this regular flour?

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post #2 of 13
No, cake flour is much more finer grain and you usually don't have to sift it. Some people though do recommend sifting it just the same.
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post #3 of 13
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I looked for it at the store and didn't find anything that was labeled "cake Flour." Can you not get this at the grocery store?
post #4 of 13
Yes, you should be able to. One brand that you should be able to find is called SoftAsSilk. But I don't know off the top of my head who makes it.
Godiva makes a lot of her cakes from scratch, I'm sure she would be willing to help you as well with some questions.
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post #5 of 13
..you can make this yourself by a mix of cornstarch and flour! The recipe is on the side of the cornstarch box!
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post #6 of 13
cake flour is made using a softer type of wheat. it doesn't have as much gluten in it, thus it makes softer, fluffier, more tender cakes. you should be able to get it in a regular grocery store, I've never known a grocery store taht doesn't carry it.
post #7 of 13
I have some right now it's called softasilk made by pilsbury in a pink box.
post #8 of 13
Mine is Swan's Down Cake Flour. It is found on the bottom shelf near the regual flour at stores in La. I have only used it in the Faux Fondant. I guess it worked like it was supposed to. The FF turned out very nice.
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post #9 of 13
We actually have that here in our commissary and we dont get much of the things out of the ordinary here......
post #10 of 13
Cake flour also has a different amount of PROTEIN in it which changes the baking chemistry a lot. Simply adding cornstarch to regular flour won't give you the same results, though it might help in some ways.

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post #11 of 13
All of the above...I've tried Presto, Swans and Softasilk, and Softasilk is by far the lightest...It never fails to deliver a light and fluffy cake; of course other factors contribute to that as well. I'm one of those who prefer to sift atleast once...It won't hurt icon_smile.gif You can also substitute it when recipe calls for regular flour...Just measure and add 2 tablespoons per cup. I goes a long way. icon_wink.gif
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post #12 of 13
My Swans Down box says it's made from the finest American winter wheat and sifted repeatedly so that it's 27 times finer than all-purpose flour. It's vitamin enriched too. It says on the box to sift before measuring. I usually just stir the flour in the canister and then measure. I rarely sift my flour.
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post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by AngelWendy

Cake flour also has a different amount of PROTEIN in it which changes the baking chemistry a lot. Simply adding cornstarch to regular flour won't give you the same results, though it might help in some ways.

~AngelWendy



I have used the mixture of flour/cornstarch in place of cake flour, on many occasions and you couldn't tell the difference!
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