How to Make a Cake Flour Substitute

If you need cake flour and don't have any on hand, here's how to make a cake flour substitute in a pinch!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake flour
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 453 kcal
Author Rebecca Swanner


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch


  1. Fluff flour with spoon and spoon into measuring cup. Scrape off excess with knife.

  2. Pour into bowl and remove two tablespoons of flour. Place back in flour bin.

  3. Add two tablespoons of cornstarch to flour.

  4. Sift mixture five times.

  5. Use as directed in recipe.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Not recommended as an overall replacement — only when needed for a recipe and you can't get to the store!

Nutrition Facts
How to Make a Cake Flour Substitute
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 453
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.