How to Substitute Cake & Pastry Flour for All-Purpose Flour

Updated July 20, 2017

Different recipes call for different types of flour. It is best to use the type of flour that is mentioned in the recipe, such as bread flour for making bread and cake flour for creating cakes. If a recipe calls for all-purpose flour and you only have cake flour or pastry flour, don't worry as cake flour and pastry flour can be substituted for all-purpose flour. One cup and two tablespoons of cake flour is equivalent to one cup of all-purpose flour.

Measure out one cup of cake flour in your measuring cup.

Measure out two tablespoons of cake flour.

Combine the cup and two tablespoons of cake flour. You now have the equivalent of one cup of all-purpose flour.

Proceed with the rest of your recipe and measure out additional flour as needed.


Sift flour prior to adding it to the other ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake flour
  • Measuring cup
  • Tablespoon
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