How to Make Self Rising Flour

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If you have a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, don’t panic! Here is everything you need to know about how to make self-rising flour!

Also, see our guide for measuring flour and making your own buttermilk.

self-rising flour in mixing bowl

What is self-rising flour?

Self-rising flour is a mixture of all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. It’s normally made using lower protein flour and creates very tender baked goods. It’s a common ingredient in some recipes, especially older recipes. Some common recipes that use it include flaky biscuits and pancakes or our Blackberry Cobbler Recipe.

how to make self-rising flour

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

You’ll need only three simple ingredients to make this:

All-Purpose Flour

Baking Powder


adding baking powder to all-purpose flour


In a mixing bowl, add baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour.

Give it a whisk and use it immediately or store it in an airtight container.

whisking self-rising flour

How to Store

If you want to make a large batch to keep on hand, store it in an airtight container. It can be stored in a pantry with other baking items. Make sure to add a label with the date the flour was made.

Tips for Making Flour

Keep this recipe in an airtight container for 1 year.

For tender desserts, sift the flour before using it.

Always use good quality ingredients when baking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between self-rising flour and all-purpose flour?

Self-rising flour contains additional ingredients not found in all-purpose flour. These ingredients are salt and a concentrated form of baking powder. All-purpose flour can be used in most flour-containing recipes while self-rising cannot.

How can I substitute self-rising flour?

You can make your own substitute by measuring 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, gently whisk the ingredients in a mixing bowl and use as 1 cup self-rising flour.

Is self-rising flour all-purpose flour?

If you’re missing all-purpose flour from your list of baking ingredients, it’s important to understand that self-rising flour is not the same thing. However, you can still use it as a substitute in certain recipes.

Also, check out our kitchen conversion chart! This is helpful when baking at home.

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whisking self-rising flour

Self-Rising Flour

An easy recipe to make self-rising flour using only 3 ingredients.
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a mixing bowl add in 1 cup flour.
    how to make self-rising flour
  • Add the baking powder.
    adding baking powder to all-purpose flour
  • Next, add the salt.
    adding salt to flour
  • Gently whisk the ingredients.
    whisking self-rising flour
  • Use or store in an airtight container.


Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 6mg
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