The Undoing of a Revision: The UK Cake Bible

How to Convert Recipes in the UK Cake Bible to Bleached Cake FlourWhen I originally revised The Cake Bible to the UK version, bleached cake flour referred to as self-raising, was available in the UK and commonwealth countries. This meant retesting and significantly revising the recipes for butter cakes as the flour already contained baking powder, and not necessarily the amount needed in the recipe, especially when baking soda was needed as well. Since that time, bleached flour has become illegal in the UK and commonwealth countries making the UK version no longer useful for the cakes calling for self-raising flour. For those of you who have the UK Cake Bible and have access to bleached cake flour, here are the conversions. Alternatively, you can treat unbleached flour by the "Kate Flour" method if you put Kate Flour into the search box. Using Bleached Cake Flour Instead of Self-Raising and/or Plain Flour For the volume cup measure, cake flour is always sifted into the cup and leveled off unless specified. These measures refer to US measuring cups with unbroken rims, so it will be different if using other types of cups and, in any case, best always to use weight rather than volume. Caster sugar is the equivalent of superfine sugar After much testing I now list the weight of 1 teaspoon of baking powder as 4.5 grams instead of 5 grams. For the teaspoon measure either use US teaspoon measures or convert as follows:

1/4 teaspoon=1.2 ml

1/2 teaspoon=2.5 ml

1 teaspoon= 5 ml

1 tablespoon= 15 ml

These cakes are presented in the order in which they appear in the book. The only ones listed are the ones where self-raising flour was called for and is now being replaced by bleached cake flour and the addition of baking powder and in some cases other adjustments in sugar or butter are made.

Page 10 Perfect Pound Cake: 
bleached cake flour: 150 grams/5.25 ounces/1-1/2 cups
baking powder: 3/4 teaspoon/3.4 grams

Page 14 Chocolate Bread
bleached cake flour: 125 grams/4.5 ounces/1-1/4 cups

page 17 White Spice Pound Cake
bleached cake flour: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
baking powder: 1 teaspoon/4.5 grams
unsalted butter: 227 grams/8 ounces/16 tablespoons

page 20 Chocolate Cherry Almond Pound Cake
bleached cake flour: 100 grams/3.5 ounces/1 cup

page 23 Golden Butter Cream Cake
bleached cake flour: 150 grams/5.25 ounces/1-1/2 cups
baking powder: 1-1/4 teaspoons/5.6 grams
unsalted butter: 150 grams/5.25 ounces/10.5 tablespoons

page 24 Sour Cream Butter Cake
bleached cake flour: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
superfine sugar: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
baking powder: 1/2 teaspoon/2.3 grams
baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon

page 27 Golden Almond Cake
bleached cake flour: 166 grams/5.75 ounces/1-2/3 cups
superfine sugar: 200 grams/7 ounces/1 cup
baking powder: 1/2 teaspoon/2.3 grams
baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 grams
unsalted butter: 170 grams/6 ounces/12 tablespoons

page 29 Yellow Butter Cake
bleached cake flour: 300 grams/10.5 ounces/3 cups
baking powder: 4 teaspoons/18 grams

page 30 Buttermilk Cake
bleached cake flour: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
baking powder: 1 tablespoon/13.5 grams

page 32 Chestnut Sand Cake
bread flour: 190 grams/6.75 ounces/1-2/3 cups
baking powder: 1 tablespoon/13.5 grams

page 32 Golden Grand Marnier Cake
bleached cake flour: 250 grams/8.75/2-1/2 cups
superfine sugar: 200 grams/7 ounces/1 cup
baking powder: 1-1/2 teaspoons/6.8 grams
baking soda: 1 teaspoon/5 grams
unsalted butter: 227 grams/8 ounces/16 tablespoons

page 39 White Velvet Butter Cake
bleached cake flour: 300 grams/10.5 ounces/3 cups
baking powder: 4 teaspoons/18 grams

page 41 Golden Luxury Butter Cake
bleached cake flour: 300 grams/10.5 ounces/3 cups
baking powder: 1-1/2 tablespoons/20.3 grams

page 43 White Chocolate Whisper Cake
bleached cake flour: 300 grams/10.5 ounces/3 cups
baking powder: 1-1/2 tablespoons/20.3 grams

page 45 Checkerboard Cake
bleached cake flour: 400 grams/14 ounces/4 cups
baking powder: 2 tablespoons/27 grams

page 48 Perfect Chocolate Butter Cake
bleached cake flour: 235 grams/8.25 ounces/2-1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons
baking powder: 1 tablespoon/13.5 grams
unsalted butter: 227 grams/8 ounces/16 tablespoons

page 51 Perfect Chocolate Torte
2 egg <strong>yolks</strong>: 74 grams/2.5 ounces/2 full fluid ounces
bleached cake flour: 156 grams/5.5 ounces/1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon
baking powder: 2 teaspoons/9 grams
unsalted butter: 142 grams/5 ounces/10 tablespoons

page 53 Chocolate Domingo
bleached cake flour: 156 grams/5.5 ounces/1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon
baking powder: 3/4 teaspoon/3.4 grams
baking soda: 1/4 teaspoon

page 54 Chocolate Fudge Cake
bleached cake flour: 300 grams/10.5 ounces/3 cups
baking powder: 2-1/4 teaspoons/10.1 grams
baking soda: 3/4 teaspoon/3.8 grams

page 58 Triple Layer Devil's Food Cake
bleached cake flour: 350 grams/12.25 ounces/3 cups
baking soda: 1 teaspoon/5 grams

page 60 Down-Home Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
bleached cake flour: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
baking soda: 2 teaspoons/10 grams

page 63 Plum Cake
bleached cake flour: 65 grams/2.25 ounces/1/2 cup, dip and sweep
baking soda: 1/8 teaspoon

page 67 Cordon Rose Banana Cake
bleached cake flour: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
baking powder: 3/4 teaspoon/3.4 grams
baking soda: 1 teaspoon/5 grams

page 69 Pumpkin-Walnut Ring
bleached cake flour: 125 grams/4.5 ounces/1-1/4 cups
baking soda: 1 teaspoon/5 grams

page 71 Courgette Cupcakes
bleached cake flour: 170 grams/6 ounces/1-1/2 cups, lightly spooned into the cup
and leveled off
baking soda: 1 teaspoon/5 grams

page 73 Golden Wheat Carrot Ring
bleached cake flour: 100 grams/3.5 ounces/ 1 cup
baking powder: 1/2 teaspoon/2.3 grams
baking soda: 1 teaspoon/5 grams

page 94 Sour Cream Coffee Cake (for the batter)
bleached cake flour: 200 grams/7 ounces/2 cups
superfine sugar: 200 grams/7 ounces/1 cup
baking powder: 1/2 teaspoon/2.3 grams
baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 grams

page 97 Pineapple Upside-Down
bleached cake flour: 150 grams/5.25 ounces/1-1/2 cups
superfine sugar: 150 grams/5.25 ounces/3/4 cup
baking powder: 3/4 teaspoon/3.4 grams
baking soda: 1/4 teaspoon/1.3 grams

page 182 Chocolate Lover's Angel Food Cake
bleached cake flour: 100 grams/3.5 ounces/1 cup

page 169 Nancy Blitzer's Classic Sponge Cake
bleached cake flour: 135 grams/4.75 ounces/1-1/3 cups

page 171 Bert Green's Special Sponge Cake
bleached cake flour: 100 grams/3.5 ounces/1 cup

page 175 Orange Glow Chiffon Cake
bleached cake flour: 225 grams/8 ounces/2-1/4 cups
baking powder: 2 teaspoons/9 grams

page 177 Lemon Glow Chiffon Cake
bleached cake flour: 225 grams/8 ounces/2-1/4 cups
baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 grams

page 179 Guilt-Free Chocolate Chiffon Cake
bleached cake flour: 175 grams/6 ounces/1-3/4 cups
baking powder: 2 teaspoons/9 grams