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Sunday, May 13, 2012

What is Cake Flour?

I receive many questions regarding the Cake Flour I use, so here is the answer!

Cake Flour, we call 薄力粉 (Hakurikiko), is soft (weak) wheat flour of low viscosity and protein content. It has a fine texture and gives cakes more tender texture than regular flour.

In my recipes, I always use Nisshin Seifun's Hakurikikomugiko.
I hope you can find this at your nearest Asian grocery store.
日清 フラワー (薄力小麦粉)
http://www.nisshin.com/products/detail/4902110320664.html


Violet has premium quality. Whiter and has finer texture.
I seldom use it because it is pricey. hehe
日清 バイオレット(薄力小麦粉)
http://www.nisshin.com/products/detail/4902110341751.html



Here I googled the Cake Flour products around you.
I hope you can find any of the below.

Swans Down Cake Flour
http://www.prestoflour.com/Portals/SwansDown/portal.aspx?tabid=15


Pillsbury - Softasilk Cake Flour
http://www.pillsburybaking.com/products/details/764


King Arthur Flour - Unbleached Cake Flour
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/flours/cake-flour.html


Premier Foods - Snowflake Cake Flour
http://www.premierfoods.com/snowflake.htm


Sasko - Cake Flour
http://www.sasko.co.za/grain/grain_flour.html


Pilmico - Wooden Spoon Cake Flour
http://www.pilmico.com/pilmico/5102:flour-soft.html


I don't recommend this (because I never tired it) but the substitute for cake flour (to make 1 cup of cake flour) is to use 7/8 cup all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons cornstarch.

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22 comments:

  1. thx ochi really great info
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  2. I tried using the all purpose flour + cornstarch method but it didn't work :( At least it tasted good, but the cake basrely raised, I'll try using baking soda next time

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  3. oh, i am sorry to hear that. but thank you! i think i'm not gonna recommend this to anyone.

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  4. hey i managed to procure this hakurikiko violet.. and i had a question is this cake flour bleached? Cause snowflake isnt bleached and i was looking for a bleached low gluten flour =) Thanks in advance

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  5. thank you so much for posting this <3<3<3 i was looking and found it on amazon japan but i couldnt understand if your brand you uses ships to the US lolol =] thank you for finding the american alternatives =D <3<3<3<3

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  6. Ochi-san, I think you forgot to mention baking powder in the substitute for cake flour. It's still not the same but it works a little better than without the powder.

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  7. Hi! All your recipes look outstanding.
    For your roll cake. You used superfine sugar. Is it okay to use granulated sugar?

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  8. it will be a sugary (texture) but you can~

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  9. Also can i use self raising flour instead of cake flour. We dont have cake flour in uk. Thanks.

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  10. i never tried with that, so i am no sure... but i think you can't X( i hope you can get the cake flour. it must be available online :)

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  11. Hi, I love your blog. I have a question. What is pastry flour?

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  12. Hi, thanks for the wonderful video. I really enjoy watching them, thanks.

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  13. Which do you recommend. Bleached or Unbleached cake flour?

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  14. i use bleached one but whichever you like is okay :)

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  15. were you able to use this flour on chiffon cakes? What was the result? Thanks

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  16. were you able to use this flour on chiffon cakes? What was the result? Thanks

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    1. yes! i have a video already https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSmaDeu8-A

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  17. can you use all purpose flour?

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    1. you can, but for some recipes, it won't work

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  18. can I use gluten free instead of cake flour? also for things like tarts.

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