Baking Tip: How to Measure Flour from

This baking tip may seem like a no-brainer to some , but it was such an eye-opener when I first learned it, and it’s something I’ve just got to pass on. So what is the proper way to measure flour? If you’re just dipping your measuring cup into the flour and scooping it out, you’re doing it wrong.

Baking is a science, as we are all aware. If you change the proportions of ingredients, sometimes even just a little, things don’t turn out as well. And probably one of the easiest ingredients to flub up on is flour and it all comes down to how you measure it. Flour settles and compacts while it sits, so when you dip your measuring cup in and scoop it straight from the container you’re actually adding anywhere from 10 to 25 percent more flour than you intended. Too much flour and the end product will come out tough and dry.

So here’s what I do: First I like to take a spoon and fluff up the flour just a little. Then I use the spoon to scoop up the flour and dump it into my measuring cup.

Baking Tip: How to Measure Flour from

Keep spooning in the flour until you’ve filled the entire measuring cup and it’s overflowing.

Baking Tip: How to Measure Flour from

Then take your finger and drag it across the top of the measuring cup. You can use a knife if you want, but come on, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Baking Tip: How to Measure Flour from

And there you have it, a nearly perfect cup of measured flour, ready to be turned into something delicious.

Baking Tip: How to Measure Flour from

In the photos below you can see the difference between measuring the flour the correct way (on the left) and just scooping and dumping (on the right). A cup of all-purpose flour should weigh 120 grams. As you can see, this method of measuring gets you much closer to accuracy.

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Want to hit 120 grams on the dot every time you measure flour? Invest in a scale. I love my OXO brand kitchen scale!

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8 Responses to How to Measure Flour

  1. Nicole says:

    Great tip! Thanks for the info!

  2. Bernideen says:

    Yes, these are excellent tips! Lovely blog!

  3. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I will try this next time I bake!

  4. Princess says:

    Great photos! Those alone without the text will teach you how to measure a cup of flour properly.


  5. petersonjenna says:

    What kind of scale would you recommend?

  6. […] Spoon-and-sweep method: Start by aerating the flour in your canister or bag by moving a knife around and loosening it up a bit. Then, using a spoon or scoop, place spoonfuls of flour into your measuring cup, until it’s overfull, then level it using your finger or the back of a knife. *Never give in to the urge to pack it in or tap it down. For a photo-look at this method, my talented friend, Annalise, has covered this on her blog in the past (here). […]

  7. Mary Frances says:

    Definitely an important thing to know!

  8. Tasoula Adossidis says:

    My personal recommendation for this method would be to use a measuring cup, as shown, by overfilling the cup, but then to follow by tapping a knife or spatula along the rim before dragging it across the top. This allows for every pocket of the cup to fill with flour, creating a much more accurate measurement.

    Once you have your cup correctly measured out, i recommend verifying your weight with a scale. A cup of all-purpose should actually come out to weighing between 125-130g(imo 120g as you mention is quite inaccurate and if you google this you will find more people stating 1cup=130g).

    By doing both steps, this assures you have a perfect amount of flour every time. Also, if your flour has happened to build up a little bit of moisture due to poor storage, than simply using the weight measurements, concludes in a false read due to the change of overall weight in the flour as a whole. By doing this, you can also end up saving the step of using a scale, for when you are following an imperial measurement recipe and don’t want to convert every ingredient, or take out the scale only for the flour.

    I hope my extra pointers help.

    Happy Baking!!

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