Cake Flour vs. All Purpose Flour

Could you substitute cake flour for all purpose flour?

Joanna Stott
Coconut Cake
Recipe question for: Coconut Cake


Laura D. April 9, 2020
I think it would work since this is a rather delicate cake to begin with. Good luck!
JAC April 7, 2020
Sometimes... The difference between the two is the protein level of the flours. Cake flour is low in protein, AP is a little higher. The protein develops into gluten. Generally in a cake, you do not want to develop a lot of gluten as the gluten will give it a more chewy texture, like bread. If you are substituting cake flour for ap flour in a cake, I would say it is a safe switch.
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