Vintage Flour Measuring cup with Flour, Spoon and knife for leveling.
The Simple Measuring Mistake You Need To Stop Making With Cake
By Linda Larsen
Nothing beats a delicious homemade cake, but the final product doesn’t always come out how you’d hoped. There are many ways that baking goes wrong, but apart from the common issues of underbaking your cake or using expired baking powder, you need to be careful with how you measure your flour.
Most people dip the measuring cup into the flour, but doing this can pack too much flour into the cup, resulting in a cake that’s too dry and heavy. Instead, stir the flour in its container to lighten it, then spoon it into the measuring cup until it’s overflowing and use the back of a knife to level off the flour on top.
Each cup of all-purpose flour weighs 120 grams, or 4 ¼ ounces, so you can also purchase a digital scale to measure the exact amount you need. Just keep in mind that the weight changes depending on the type of flour, and you might have to adjust the amount.