Question regarding homemade cake flour vs. store brand cake flour:

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by hello world, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. hello world

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    Hello out there. Here recently, I have stumbled upon quite a few blogs/websites with posts suggesting that cake flour is nothing more than all-purpose flour mixed with corn starch. So, I have been experimenting with homemade cake flour to see for myself. Here's the rub: the cake I baked with the homemade concoction turned out ok to me; however, I am an amateur cook who doesn't know what to look for other than how a cake tastes in this situation.

    So my question to you seasoned cooks/bakers out there is this: is store brand cake flour really Evian water for novice bakers or is there a real difference between the homemade stuff and the store brand?  
     
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  2. petemccracken

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    Um, I'm fairly certain that "stroe brand cake flour" is NOT simply A/P flour and corn starch.

    Cake flour, as I understand it, is made from soft, low protein, wheat and is only wheat flour. Different wheats, http://www.smallgrains.org/whfacts/6classwh.htm, are used to produce different classes of flour, basically:
    • Bread flour (high protein)
    • All purpose flour (medium protein)
    • Pastry (Cake) flour (low protein)
    Now, a passable substitute when you cannot get cake flour is to reduce the amount of all purpose and add corn starch, thus diluting the protein level, but that, IMHO, is NOT home made cake flour.
     
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  4. kokopuffs

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    Here in the deep south I've been using what I think is soft wheat from White Lily.  Their bread flour clocks in at 4g protein per serving and AP at 3g a serving.  What brings the flour down a notch is its SOFTNESS.  It's I think a  soft wheat flour.  So consider the bread flour actually an AP flour and the AP flour a cake flour.  It's good nonetheless.
     
  5. hello world

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    Thanks for the input and link./img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
     
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    Thanks for the descriptions. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
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    Thanks, I'll give White Lily a try./img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
     
  8. chicagoterry

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    If you are not in the South you might have trouble finding White Lily. Here in my part of the Midwest all you can find is Swan's Down Cake Flour. 
     
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