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cake flour and previously asked hotline questions

I could have sworn I asked this the other day, but I can't find it anywhere, so here goes: Is there any reason to use cake flour as opposed to making a flour/cornstarch substitution. I prefer the latter because it prevents me from having to buy one additional item that only comes in a small box (why is it that cake flour is only sold in small boxes?).

On a related note, I believe I used to be able to see the hotline questions I asked on my profile page. I have not been able to for a while. Am I mistaken? Is this a glitch?

asked by ATG117 over 6 years ago

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Nozlee Samadzadeh
added over 6 years ago

Hi ATG117! You're totally right that there's no need to buy cake flour. What you find in stores is identical to what you make at home -- it can be convenient to have the flour and cornstarch pre-mixed, but it's by no means necessary!

As for your Hotline questions in your Profile, we removed that feature because it slowed site performance. But we're working on a Profile overhaul -- you'll see them again soon.

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ATG117
added over 6 years ago

Thanks for both of these answers!

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AntoniaJames
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added over 2 years ago

Additional helpful information on this point can be found here: http://www.seriouseats...
Bottom line: do not use DIY all purpose flour + cornstarch when making an angel food cake. Scroll down to the third set of comparison cakes for more information. ;o)

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added over 2 years ago

I prefer commercial cake flour; I find when I use it (vs cutting AP flour with cornstarch) my final product is lighter, whether cakes or pancakes. In a pinch, I'll use AP plus cornstarch, but my preference, when I want the best result, is cake flour.

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