cake flour & baking supplies in the bay area?
hello- i'm heading out to the bay area from ny next week to bake cupcakes for my friend's wedding.
i'm assuming i'll be able to get the majority of my supplies at the regular grocery store. i'm just nervous about finding cake flour-any suggestions? also, i'm looking for any cake/baking supply stores. i don't drive and i don't want to bother my friends to shuttle me around every time i need something...so ideally, i am looking for things that are close by. i'll be staying in noe valley.
I've bought cake flour at my local Safeway. I imagine most other grocery stores have it, too, as it's not really a specialty item.
As far as supply stores go, I can't make any useful suggestions as I don't know where in the Bay Area you will be staying. The Bay Area is pretty big. Give us a clue and we'll be able to help more with places that are close by
You can get cake flour anywhere.
I don't think there are any cake/baking-supplies store near Noe Valley, but Sugar 'n' Spice is a short walk from the Colma BART station.
2965 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA
In Noe Valley, there's a cookware store, Cooks Boulevard on Castro St and 24th. Not sure what stuff you need, but they have various extracts, chocolates, food coloring gels, sugars, etc. Check out their website: http://www.cooksboulevard.com/Cooks/
I'm sure you can call them too, to check ahead of time if they have what you need.
Whole Foods does not carry cake flour (though they do have pastry flour, all-purpose and cornstarch so you can do a sub). I have found cake flour at WalMart.
While cake flour is available in grocery stores, I have found that Rainbow Grocery stocks a wide variety of baking supplies, including a variety of other types of flours in bulk, and hard-to-find natural flavorings (after checking Safeway, Sur La Table, Andronicos, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma and health food stores, Rainbow was the only one to have natural coconut extract). There's also lots of nuts, nut butters, dried fruits and different oils.
It's a good place for bakers.
Take the 48 bus down 24th Street to Folsom, then 12 bus up to 14th Street. Take a taxi back, I'm certain you'll be burdened with groceries.
Second that. I've also found after taste testing most of the butter available at Rainbow that for large-scale baking projects, the Jana Valley butter is a really good price. It's wrapped in foil and the source is either Europe or New Zealand, depending on the time of year, so it's always a sweet green grass butter. It's not as easy to use if you don't bake by weight, because it comes in a big block.
Strauss butter is nice, Clover organic is nice, but they're each about twice the price of Jana Valley butter and taste similar.
If you need demerera or muscovado sugar, interesting honeys, a wide selection of very good quality chocolate (look on the baking shelf, look in the bulk bins nearby for dagoba choco chips, ask the staff if you don't see what you need), extracts, pastry flour, normal flour, etc. it's all there at Rainbow Grocery. They don't carry "corporate" products, and I haven't ever seen the cake flour in a pink box that is widely carried at normal grocery stores, but they almost certainly have an equivalent in the bulk flour section.