Cake Flour in Black and Whites

I noticed that the recipe for Black and Whites calls for equal parts of
flour and cake flour. What is cake flour? I went to the supermarket and I
only found one type of cake flour. When I looked at the incredients, they
are basically the same as flour.
Can something be replaced for cake flour? Maybe baking powder or baking
soda to give it a fluffier texture?
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Cake flour is the lowest protein flour available and make a more tender result; you can't add anything to any other flour to make it cake flour. However, you can substitute all-purpose flour, the result will not be quite as good, but will work fine. If you want to learn more about flour, check out the information at
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On Thu 13 Jan 2005 08:52:09p, L tittered and giggled, and giggled and tittered, and finally blurted out...
If you substitute all-purpose flour for cake flour, in most recipes you need to remove 2 tablespoons of flour for every cup used in the recipe. I have also seen a recommendation to replace the 2 tablespoons of flour with cornstarch. I have done the former, not the latter. The recipes usually turn out okay, but using the proper flour is best.
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Wayne Boatwright
Here's the difference. All purpose and bread flour is made from winter wheat. Cake flour and pastry flour are made from spring wheat. The spring wheat has less fat and gluten in it. There are many different ways to try to substitute, but it's best to use the real thing. Cheers, Lore
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Ask someone at the store. In the US all supermarkets stock cakeflour. Swans Down and SoftasSilk are two brands. It is usually packaged in a box. Perhaps the store has it shelved near baking supplies or cake mixes rather than next to the bags of flour.
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Del Cecchi

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