It’s extremely convenient to have cake flour in a canister that already has everything you need including leavener. It makes gluten-free cake baking a breeze! Since this mix contains baking powder and baking soda, it is perfect for just about any cake recipe. It addresses the times you need an acidic ingredient as well. For example, when you use Dutch-processed cocoa, which is alkaline-based, you should use baking soda.
I have included two versions of this recipe. The first is what you can use in any recipe on this site calling for Self-Rising Flour Blend. The Pastry-Quality Flour version is perfect for chocolate or spiced recipes that are tan or brown in color. It is also ideal for traditional recipes calling for pastry flour. Use this mix to make light and high-rising cakes and cupcakes.
Typically, a gluten free pastry flour will only contain potato starch. Therefore, to lower the protein level I added just a bit of potato starch in this gluten free cake flour blend. I substituted a little of the potato starch for tapioca flour/starch (or cornstarch), which does not contain any protein at all.
The lower protein level provides a softer texture for cakes, muffins, etc., compared to the chewiness you would want in bread. A gluten-free pastry flour blend may only contain white rice flour, but with only an additional gram of protein, per serving, I found that adding a bit of brown rice flour is a healthier choice and still makes a perfect gluten free cake flour blend. Regular (gluten-containing) cake flour contains 8% to 10% protein, versus 5% to 8% in pastry flour. In gluten-free baking we need more than that.
Update: I have found that sorghum flour creates more of a crumb in cakes. If you wish cleaner cuts and fewer crumbs, substitute additional superfine rice flour for the sorghum flour or add additional oil.
I’m sure it would be easy to find a gluten free recipe which calls for your typical rice flours. However, the use of superfine white and brown rice flours improve gluten free baked goods. Its use improves texture and avoids any grittiness. Now, let them eat cake, that’s great!
Note: See some of the recipes on this site using this gluten-free self-rising flour blend at the bottom of this page.
You may find superfine white and brown rice flour at Vitacost.com. They carry Authentic Foods and Vitacost brands. The Vitacost brand is not as fine as Authentic Foods, but it does a great job and will save you money. If you do not have access to purchasing online or the funds, as it costs more than regular rice flour, you can try grinding regular rice flour in a coffee grinder which will make it fine, but not superfine. Better yet, use a mill grinder on the fine setting.
Did you know?
Did you know that sorghum flour is digested slower than many other flours, making it a great choice for diabetics?
Recipes using Carla’s Gluten-Free Cake Flour Blend:
Visit Carla’s Gluten Free Online Store for ingredients you will need.