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The Difference Between Cake Flour, Bread Flour, Pastry Flour, And All Purpose Flour

If you are someone who likes to cook, or bake something every now and then – it is safe to say that you might have had the moment when you confused cake flour, bread flour, pastry flour, as well as all purpose flour. I am saying this because I have found myself in certain situations more time than once, so I wanted to know if the readers have gone through the same situation.

With that said, there is not a lot of difference, but still a considerable amount. This lead me to believe that I should talk about some of the differences in these types of flours, so let’s go ahead and have a look.

Cake Flour And Pastry Flour

Before you start getting confused between these two, I have to say that they are somewhat similar because the texture on both of these flours is a lot similar to one and the other. What does that mean? Cake and pastry flour are fine textured with hint of softness and silkiness in them. The pastry flour as well as cake flour are both low in protein. However, the amount of protein present in these flours is just enough that it allows the cake to form and not crumble.

Bread Flour

Chemically speaking bread flour has certain elements or compounds in them that make them ideal for a lot of purposes, but the good thing is that you can actually substitute all-purpose-flour for bread flour and vice versa as well. There are several ways of creating these recipes, and the good thing is that most of them work really well.

All-Purpose Flour

Normally, this would not need an introduction but just for the sake of this article, and sticking to what’s asked of us, the all-purpose flour is possibly one of the most common type of flours, as well as the type of flour that you would use a lot in your kitchen. It is called all-purpose because you can pretty much use in so many different situations that it happens to be one of the most versatile type of flours. It has a lightest colour, which also happens to be a lot smoother.


Normally, this would not matter to a lot of people because they are not interested in flour types, and other such information, but if someone is serious about cooking, or baking, then being able to distinguish between these flours is something that happens to be one of the most important things that many people need to know. So, do keep that in mind whenever you are thinking about flour, make sure that you know that although all the types differ from one and the other in some way, they also share similar properties, but for the best possible results, you should use the right type of flours, for the right purposes, because that would obviously be the ideal situation, and the end result will be good as it gets.