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Cake Flour in Suburban Maryland?

pgreen Apr 23, 2010 03:33 AM

Does anyone around the Gaithersburg/Olney/Rockville/Germantown area carry a selection of cake flour? The grocers all have small, overpriced boxes of whatever (Swans Down or Softasilk), but I never see any other brands (such as King Arthur unbleached, which Cooks Illustrated liked a lot), or larger (cheaper) volumes.

  1. Father Kitchen May 1, 2010 05:39 PM

    If you want to buy a large sack, check George Ruehl--in Hanover, as I recall. They have nearly everything.

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      sharonlouk Apr 26, 2010 10:21 PM

      I saw King Arthur unbleached cake flour at Whole Foods in Rockville today.

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      1. re: sharonlouk
        LuckyCharm Apr 28, 2010 05:24 AM

        You rock! I know it isn't carried in Annapolis WF, but if its in a store I'm going to have to try to make it up there to Rockville.

        1. re: sharonlouk
          pgreen Apr 28, 2010 06:54 AM

          I was wondering if they would carry it. I will try to drag myself up to either Rockville or Kentlands to take a look.

          1. re: sharonlouk
            Chocolatechipkt May 1, 2010 03:09 PM

            I've seen it at other WF's too. :)

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            MakingSense Apr 23, 2010 08:48 PM

            I've started using regular White Lily in place of cake flour in recipes that called for it and it worked just as well. It's a soft winter wheat, very low protein flour. Haven't bought Swans Down or Softasilk in years.
            Harris-Teeter carries White Lily locally. It's a Southern brand that Southern bakers swear by, probably unknown to the Yankees who publish CI.

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            1. re: MakingSense
              pgreen Apr 24, 2010 03:53 AM

              Thanks to all. I am still not sure what I will do. I think there is an H-T over in Darnestown someplace, although I have never used White Lily (sounds like it was intended for biscuits, which, of course, like a soft, low protein flour). On the other hand, I may just use the old cheat and add some corn starch to my regular stock of unbleached AP flour.

              At least I finally figured out what kind of cake to make--a chocolate chip yellow cake with caramel icing (if I can find a good recipe for caramel icing).

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              MrsWheatie Apr 23, 2010 08:27 AM


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                LuckyCharm Apr 23, 2010 04:00 AM

                If I recall correctly, King Arthur's cake flour is only available through their catalog (that's what I was told when I called KA trying to locate the stuff about 6 months ago).

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