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How To Convert Cake Flour To Self-Rising Flour

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It is easy to convert cake flour – the soft,starchy flour that is used in baking cakes and cookies, to self-rising flour, which is all-purpose flour with added salt and baking powder. Many recipes for baking mention self-rising flour as the prime ingredient. Such recipes do not call for baking powder and you would be left wondering what this self-rising flour is and if it is possible to covert cake flour to self-rising flour. Converting cake flour to self-rising flour is not rocket science. It’s easy and be done in few easy steps.


Both cake flour and self-rising flour are low in their protein content and are best suited to make soft, fluffy cakes with a tender crumb.  Protein promotes gluten making the end product tough. So for any soft, baked goodies, the best bet is to use self-rising flour. Here is how to convert cake flour to self-rising flour:

  • Converting cake flour to self-rising flour begins with choosing the right tools – a measuring cup and two teaspoons.
  • Scoop out one cup of cake flour, level off the cup using a butter knife, and put it into a mixing bowl.
  • Add one teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the flour.
  • Finally, mix all the ingredients together.

When you convert cake flour to self-rising flour, make a few cups extra than is mentioned in the recipe, so that the excess self-rising flour can be used for baking other goodies as well. Regular, all purpose flour is harder than cake flour and can be used instead of self-rising flour in baking. To use all-purpose flour in place of self-rising flour, add one and a half teaspoon of baking powder and half-teaspoon salt per cup of flour.

Isn’t the whole process easier than you thought? So, what are you waiting for?

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