How To Make Cake Flour & Self-Rising Flour

How to Turn All-Purpose Flour into Cake Flour

Step 1: Measure out the all-purpose flour that you’ll need for your recipe.

Step 2: For every cup of flour you use, take out two tablespoons of flour and return it to the flour bin. Throw the cup of flour (minus the two tablespoons) into a sifter set over a bowl.

Step 3: Replace the two tablespoons of flour that your removed with two tablespoons of cornstarch

Step 4: Sift the flour and cornstarch together. Sift it again, and again and again. The cornstarch and flour need to be well incorporated and the flour aerated. Sift the flour and cornstarch mixture about five times.


How to Turn All-Purpose Flour into Self-Rising Flour

For every cup of flour, add 1 and a half tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Sieve together and use.

54 thoughts on “How To Make Cake Flour & Self-Rising Flour
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    • Yes same thing. Different recipes require different flours, so you will use the one which is mentioned in whichever recipe you are following.

  • Assalamualaikum
    Till today I did not know there was a difference between cake flour and AP flour Jazakallah.Your recipes are awesome.Since I found your website I have not touched any of my recipe books.May Allah bless you.

  • salam fauzia ,amazing recepies by you ,i recently join ur website and i m really v v happy to see all recepies at one page and very very easy , thank you so much !!!! thank u so much …… i m trying ur recepies .. again will say ,, thans khush rahain !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • How to turn AP flour into cake flour
    Thnx, you really saved me a trip to go to the S/M, just at the right time too.Thnx a lot. Lovely recipes, tried a lot of them really yummy!!

  • how to make cake flour
    Hi, I seem to have stumbled upon the exact same instructions for turning AP flour into cake flour. Would you have gotten your information from

    • I wouldn’t recall, most of
      I wouldn’t recall, most of these tips especially for conversions are pretty standard and are available anywhere you look for them online.

  • Butter and Coco powder brand
    You usually mention about un salted butter for cakes. please tell me the brand name of that butter. also let me know the brand name of unsweetened coco powder.

    • Butter comes in different
      Butter comes in different brands for different countries so I wouldn’t know what is available in your country. However it is normally written on it if it is unsalted. Otherwise use the salted butter and reduce salt from your recipe.

    • You can use Blue Band, I do
      You can use Blue Band, I do not know Noor Pur. But remember, Blue Band is a margarine so the taste will not be as good as butter.

  • as salamualeikum may allah
    as salamualeikum may allah reward you my sister only one question when the recipe demands for exampke1 1/2cup for do i have to take 3 tablespoons flour out and replace it by 3 tablespoons of maizena/cornstarch? barak allahu fikum

  • hayaki allah my dear sister..
    hayaki allah my dear sister….barak allahu fiki please excuse me i have still another question when the revipe demands for example 1 cup cake flour is it than the same? i mean should i take 1 cup from AP flour and do the way u explained or does this rule just work for a recipe with AP flour i jope u understand what i mean and sorry again may allah reward you allahuma amin

    • I don’t understand what you
      I don’t understand what you mean Selma. To make Cake flour you need to use AP flour remove 2 tbsp of it from a cup and replace with cornflour.

  • Asalaam Alaykum
    Asalaam Alaykum Waarahmatillah wabarakatu

    Thank you so much for advice on whip cream not i make nice creammy whip cream… I want to ask which is the best flour mix to use in cakes since there is cake flour and self raising flour and both give the cake a difference taste and texture and color..

    Can i use cake flour for all the cake recipes?

    • W/Salaam, you’re welcome.
      W/Salaam, you’re welcome. Best to use the flour recommended in the recipe. SR flour has baking powder so you cannot use it for a recipe that already has baking powder as a separate ingredient. Cake flour is mostly used in sponges for lighter cakes. Some cakes work out better with plain flour.

  • Assalamualikum,

    I just wanted to ask if we can use self rising flour instead of all purpose flour?
    I want to make chicken bread and I have self rising flour right now. Would it be ok if I use it for the bread.
    JazakAllah Khair!

    • W/Salaam, it will not give
      W/Salaam, it will not give the same results as self rising flour has baking powder in it which is not needed for chicken bread dough recipe.

  • JazakAllah Khair!
    JazakAllah Khair!

    One more question: I have a lot of self rising flour, I bought it once to make a cake and then I didn’t use in any of my dishes. Can you tell me if I can use it in any other recipe?

    • Yes you can use it in lots of
      Yes you can use it in lots of cake recipes (I have several in the album which use SR flour). Do not store the flour too long though otherwise the baking powder in it will stop working and the cakes will not rise.

  • Oh ok! Thanks a lot. Btw, I
    Oh ok! Thanks a lot. Btw, I bought it last year and it was just available in a big pack. Now I have a lot of it and as you said that don’t store it for long, do you think one year is a long period of time?

    • Yes a year is on the longer
      Yes a year is on the longer side. You can use it just for regular baking in place of plain flour. Like for parathas and the like. Chances are the baking powder has lost it’s power.

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