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All flours go stale eventually and the best before date should be kept in mind.  All purpose flour is good for a year, but whole grains go rancid quite quickly. Refrigeration slows down the spoilage, but most people don’t have room in their fridge for a large bag of flour.  In a deep freeze flour will keep for years.  However it is best to buy as much flour as you will use up within a year.

My favorite cake flour is Swansons, it is sold in a small cardboard box and I am forever short or running out. The more common cake flour is the 2.5 kg Cake and Pastry Flour. It lasts a long time but it will get stale if you are not a regular cake maker. Stale flour won’t hurt you but everything you make with it will have an off taste. However it is easy to make cake flour from all purpose flour and cornstarch.  I use a balloon whisk. If you sift it with a sieve or a sifter repeat 4-5 times. Both the whisk and the sieve makes a bit of a mess, haha, but it’s a small mess compared to what I do to the kitchen daily. The one thing to keep in mind is to incorporate the flour with the cornstarch really well, so the mixture is well aerated. Otherwise the cake could be on the heavy side.

1 cup all purpose flour minus 2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp cornstarch

  • Measure out the flour needed in a large bowl.
  • For every cup of flour take out two tablespoons of flour and return it to the flour bin.
  • Replace the two tablespoons of flour with two tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • Whisk the flour and the cornstarch together.
  • Now it is cake flour.


  1. I used to keep my cake flour in the freezer cause I rarely bake cakes but the last time I used it I left it out. I wonder how it is? Glad there's a home made version I can go to. :)

    1. I am sure it would be fine. People sometimes keep staples in the cupboard for years but everything has an expiry date.

  2. How very interesting, thanks Zsuzsa xx

  3. Talking about messes in the kitchen, I have my eldest son and family visiting, so am in the kitchen trying to please . The kitchen becomes cluttered and messy so quickly . It is hard to find my way around.

    1. enjoy it while you can :-)




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