How to Convert Regular Flour Into Cake Flour

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Make a light, fluffy cake with this cake flour substitute.
Make a light, fluffy cake with this cake flour substitute. (Image: oeuf cassé image by Richard villalon from Fotolia.com)

When you are pinched for time and the recipe you are using calls for cake flour that you don't have on hand, make a quick substitute using all-purpose flour. Regular flour has more protein than cake flour and is made of a combination of hard and soft wheat, which will make your cake more dense. By adding a simple ingredient, you can use all-purpose flour to make a cake that is so light and fluffy that no one will need to know you substituted ingredients.

Measure 2 tbsp. cornstarch and put it in the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup.

Fill the measuring cup to 3/4 cup with all-purpose flour. For every cup of cake flour called for in your recipe, you will need 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and 2 tbsp. of cornstarch.

Put the flour mixture into a bowl and repeat until you have the amount of flour required for your recipe. Mix the flour and cornstarch thoroughly before adding to cake batter.

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