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Where can I find cake flour?

High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 02:17 PM

I've never had this much trouble finding cake flour. I've checked at numerous stores in the Back Bay area. Any tips on where I can find it (shops don't necessarily have to be in Back Bay)?


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  1. Karl S RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 02:25 PM

    Shaw's and Whole Foods (Beacon Hill) don't have it? Wow. It's pretty basic. Call around.

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      holly golightly RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 02:29 PM

      I'm new to this whole baking thing, so have been paying attention to when and where I find certain ingredients. I've seen it at Foodie's in the South End if that helps. Good luck!

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      1. re: holly golightly
        High Heels and Frijoles RE: holly golightly Jun 6, 2008 03:32 PM

        I'll check there... I haven't seen it at Shaws or Whole Foods. Thanks all!

      2. ScubaSteve RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 02:35 PM

        all the MBs around me carry a couple of brands.

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          janzy RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 02:48 PM

          I get it at either Shaws or Stop and Shop in the baking aisle.
          Its put out by Pillsbury under the label "SoftasSilk".

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            macadamianut RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 02:52 PM

            I buy swans down cake flour at shaws. Cake flour makes a big difference and I also use it for biscuit making because it makes them tender. I never see it at Whole Foods probably because it's so white and refined.

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            1. re: macadamianut
              wrenhunter RE: macadamianut Jun 6, 2008 03:35 PM

              "because it's so white and refined."

              Ahem ;)

              But it is rather "foodie", so I was surprised not to find it there, either. Glad to know about the Pillsbury stuff -- and the biscuit advice.

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                macadamianut RE: wrenhunter Jun 6, 2008 04:29 PM

                I will clarify my statement. White and refined meaning the nutrients have been removed and is not as healthy as say whole wheat or pastry flour. When Whole Foods was Bread and Circus you would never ever find anything refined even olive oil. They only sold extra virgin olive oil not pure olive oil, Times have changed.

                1. re: macadamianut
                  mwk RE: macadamianut Jun 7, 2008 01:59 PM

                  Whole Wheat pastry flour is the equivalent of cake flour for a whole wheat option. It's also made from the low-protein grain. Of course, it will perform slightly differently from white cake flour, but you can mix it 1/2 and 1/2 and get pretty good results.

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                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: mwk Jun 7, 2008 02:45 PM

                    Well, no, whole wheat pastry flour is the whole wheat equivalent of white pastry flour, not cake flour. Pastry flour and cake flour are two totally different things, and there is no such thing as whole wheat cake flour.

            2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 03:32 PM

              Yeah, any major supermarket will have it: what might be tripping you up is that it's in a box, not a bag.

              1. sfumato RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 6, 2008 06:44 PM

                If you're desperate, you can substitute:

                "Cake flour has a 6-8% protein content and is made from soft wheat flour. It is chlorinated to further break down the strength of the gluten and is smooth and velvety in texture. Good for making cakes (especially white cakes and biscuits) and cookies where a tender and delicate texture is desired. To substitute cake flour for all-purpose flour use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour for every cup of all-purpose flour. Make your own - one cup sifted cake flour can be substituted with 3/4 cup (84 grams) sifted bleached all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons (15 grams) cornstarch."


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                  High Heels and Frijoles RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 7, 2008 03:19 PM

                  Found it! It was at Shaw's (Prudential Center) hiding behind regular APF, which was hiding behind a dangling mess of cupcake liners...and there were only two boxes. Thanks all!

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                    veggielover RE: High Heels and Frijoles Jun 7, 2008 07:48 PM

                    Funny, you should ask. I went to three stores last night until I finally found it at Shaws in Chestnut Hill.

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