Flour Substitutes

What can you substitute for cake flour? All-purpose flour can replace cake flour, if substituted according to our table. This is a common question when you want to make a cake and have no cake flour on hand so need a quick cake flour substitute. Or, maybe your recipe calls for self-rising flour so you need a self-rising flour substitute.

There are many different kinds of flour products these days, unbleached, all-purpose, wheat flour, cake flour, bread flour, and self-rising flour to name the most popular types. To keep all of these different flours on hand can be quite cumbersome unless you've got an industrial sized kitchen or bake from scratch for your whole neighborhood.

So, whether you need a cake flour substitute, a bread flour substitute or even a self-rising flour substitute, you can use this table to quickly substitute for flour in your recipes without running out to the store.

Flour Substitutes

Flour Amount Substitute
Bread Flour substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup All-purpose Flour plus 1 teaspoon Wheat Gluten (available at health food stores)
Cake Flour substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup All-purpose Flour -Minus 2 Tablespoons +Plus 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
Self-Rising Flour substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup All-purpose Flour +Plus 1&1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder and 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Whole Wheat Flour substitute 1 Cup Can substitute whole wheat flour for white flour up to 1/2 Cup (a larger ratio will make the finished product too heavy or dense)
All-purpose Flour substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup +Plus 2 Tablespoons of Cake Flour
All-purpose Flour substitute - *for Thickening Only 1 Tablespoon 1&1/2 teaspoon of either cornstarch, arrowroot starch, potato starch or rice starch
*OR* 1 Tablespoon Tapioca (granulated)

Remember, whenever making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some substitutions for flour, like cake flour substitutes or bread flour substitutes, may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished cake or bread. But, most people cannot tell which self-rising flour substitute or cake flour substitute you have used in your recipe. These suggestions for a flour substitute are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process.

If your flour has been in the pantry for awhile you may want to check our how long does flour last page to see if it is still good, as you many need a to find a self-rising flour substitute or a cake flour substitute from the above table if it isn't.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.