2 Zero Waste Baking Hacks for Hard-to-Find Bulk Items: Cake Flour and Self-Rising Flour

Cake flour and self-rising flour are historically difficult to find in the bulk aisle. That’s okay, it’s easy to make both these varieties using regular bulk baking flour as a base.

Cake Flour is often used in place of All-Purpose flour because it is finer, lighter, and softer and usually makes a fluffier cake. Cake flour is perfect for baking Angel Food Cake, Boston Cream Pie, and other various cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and cookies.

Self-Rising Flour uses the leavening power of baking powder which results in a better rise out of the baked goods. This is very easy to make at home. Self-rising flour is great for pizza dough, savory muffins, and specific cakes and biscuits.

Sure, you can usually just use All-Purpose flour, but when you can easily make these flour varieties at home, usually with ingredients you already have, why not go the extra mile and make that baked good oh-so-special?




DIY Cake Flour Recipe:

To make 1 cup of cake flour, take 1 cup of All Purpose flour and subtract 2 tablespoons. Replace it with 2 tablespoons of either cornstarch or arrowroot flour.





Self-Rising Flour Recipe:

1 cup + 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt will give you the same results as a regular cup of self-rising flour.


Simple! Some readers stated they were able to find these flours in bulk at their local Winco. I don’t have a Winco near me, and the bulk stores I do have access to definitely do not carry these flours, so this is my go to recipe. It’s also nice because it keeps me from having to store several different types of flour in my small kitchen.

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