Cake flour can be substituted with flour mixed with a small amount of cornstarch, or with sifted all-purpose flour in some recipes. The addition of cornstarch inhibits the formation of some of the gluten in the cake, which makes the cake tougher.
A highly rated cake recipe using rice flour is Epicurious' sweet rice-flour and coconut cake that uses mochiko, a sweet rice flour commonly used in Hawaii. The snack-style cake takes about 15 minutes to prepare and makes 24 cake squares.
To make one cup of cake flour, combine 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons corn starch, and sift well. Instructions for making cake flour are available on JoyTheBaker.com, NatashasKitchen.com and MelsKitchenCafe.com.
One recipe to make with Swans Down cake flour is double chocolate raspberry cake. This chocolate cake is covered with chocolate glaze and topped with raspberries.
Cake flour can be substituted for almond flour in some recipes at a one to one ratio. Almond flour is more moist and contains more fat than wheat flours, so a recipe featuring it may need to be adjusted with fewer eggs and less baking powder.
People who enjoy chocolate cake can make a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting featuring Swans Down cake flour. Swans Down cake flour is made from soft winter wheat that is sifted into a fine texture.
The surprise carrot cake recipe from Pillsbury Baking calls for Pillsbury Softasilk enriched and bleached cake flour. This carrot cake includes crushed pineapple and chopped pecans for additional flavor and texture, and it also features a cream cheese frosting.