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2005-12-13
Name: Vrudhi Hello everybody!

1. Can we use all purpose flour for making cake.
2. What things can be prepared using all purpose flour?
3. Wat is difference between self rising flour and all purpose flour.

Thanks in advance,
Regards,
Vrudhi
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2005-12-15
#1
Name: nrs
Subject:  reply
all purpose flour is maida!
yes you can use it to make cake.
self raising is flour isith baking powder already in it.
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2005-12-15
#2
Name: kt
Subject:  leavening for cakes
hi vrudhi,

in answer to your 12/14 question abt which leavenings to use for cakes, typically cakes use double acting baking powder and egg whites to rise.

double acting means that bubbles form twice: the first from the contact with liquid. the second from contact with heat in the oven.

egg whites can be used for leavening all by itself for some things. popovers/yorkshire pudding does this (tho the whole egg may be used). angel food cake uses egg whites for leavening. i cannot remember offhand if baking powder is used, too. probably, tho.

yeasts are better for bread, in my opinion.

quick breads are usually w/baking powder or eggs or both....pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits(not cookies), etc.

:-)
kt
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2005-12-14
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Name: kt
Subject:  all purpose flour
all purpose flour is a mix of hard and soft wheat. one is good for bread, one is good for cake. all purpose can be used for either, but they usually suggest using slightly less if you are substituting it for cake flour.

self rising flour is something completely different, and usually sold in the southern states of the usa. it has baking powder or salt or some other type of leavening agent in it and is good for making biscuits, pancakes, waffles, and other quick breads.

if you have all purpose flour already, go ahead and use it for cake or bread. if you are thinking of buying it, well, you might want to buy cake flour instead. it makes a nicer cake. or bread flour if you are making bread. bread flour makes a nicer bread, too.

if you are thinking of buying self rising flour, well, do it as an experiment and see what you can do with it. you may like it, you may hate it. you might want to buy some buttermilk for it, as that will help to activate it (the leavening agents to produce air bubbles)

good luck,
kt
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2005-12-14
#4
Name: Vrudhi
Subject:  All purpose flour
Hello Kt,

Thanks, that was wonderful info about flours. Actually I had gone to buy some good cake flour but then caught hold of this.
When I looked at cake recipes most of them have used either maida or self rising flour..i got confused and therefore wanted to know whether i can use the flour.If I use this for cake than what kind of leavening agents should i use? Will cake taste good as compare to other flours.

Thanks again,
Regards,
Vrudhi
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