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Jun 6, 2008 02:17 PM

Where can I find cake flour?

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

    1. 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

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

      2. all the MBs around me carry a couple of brands.

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

          1. 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

              "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.

              1. re: wrenhunter

                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

                  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.

                  1. re: mwk

                    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.