How to Measure Flour

Using the proper amount of flour makes all the difference when baking: Add too much, and your cakes are leaden and dense. For the most accuracy, weigh your flour instead of measuring it out in cups. If you don't have a scale, measure your flour by gently spooning flour into your measuring cup (instead of scooping) to avoid packing it down too tightly. Sweep a finger across the top to even it out.