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Brilliant baking tips for perfect homemade cakes

Lovefood Logo By Jane Curran of Lovefood | Slide 2 of 33: If you can get hold of it, use soft flour for cakes rather than strong or bread flours, which contain a high amount of gluten and will make your cake tough. If you don't bake on a regular basis, buy flour in smaller quantities and store in a sealed container. Flour left open for too long will attract flour weevils. If you can, buy organic flour. Self-rising flour already has a raising agent added, though some recipes will ask for plain (all-purpose) flour with baking powder added as a raising agent. 

Flour matters

If you can get hold of it, use soft flour for cakes rather than strong or bread flours, which contain a high amount of gluten and will make your cake tough. If you don't bake on a regular basis, buy flour in smaller quantities and store in a sealed container. Flour left open for too long will attract flour weevils. If you can, buy organic flour. Self-rising flour already has a raising agent added, though some recipes will ask for plain (all-purpose) flour with baking powder added as a raising agent. 

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