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Apr 23, 2010 03:33 AM

Cake Flour in Suburban Maryland?

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.

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  1. 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).

    1. Balduccis?

      600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

      1. 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

          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).

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

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          1. re: sharonlouk

            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

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