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How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Need a substitute for self-rising flour? This easy recipe lets you make your own homemade DIY version with just a few basic ingredients!

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Self-rising flour is an ingredient that you’ve likely seen pop up now and then in baking recipes. So many times, though, you may find yourself without any in your pantry and need a substitute. I’m here to help with an easy DIY recipe!

What is Self-Rising Flour

First, let’s talk about self-rising flour and how it’s used in baking. It is simply flour that has had baking powder and salt added to it. As you likely already know, baking powder is a leavening agent, which is what causes baked goods to rise. And salt is a common ingredient in baking to add some flavor.

Most baking recipes are made with all-purpose flour with the leavening agent and salt added separately. Self-rising flour is not used nearly as commonly, but you’ll sometimes come across a recipe made that lists it as an ingredient. It’s a great shortcut ingredient that I often keep on-hand if for no other reason than making a batch of quick and easy Cream Biscuits.

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

If you don’t use self-rising flour often enough to justify buying it, or you simply don’t want to keep another kind of flour in your pantry, it’s very easy to make a substitute. All you’ll need is some flour, baking powder, and salt!

With just a few minutes of measuring and mixing, you’ll be all set. The recipe below will serve you very well for an easy substitution.

Choosing a Flour to Make Self-Rising Flour

While all-purpose flour is most commonly used, you can use different types of flour to make self-rising flour. You’re most likely to have all-purpose flour in your kitchen, and that works really well as a base for making this substitute.

Self-rising flour gained popularity in the South, where brands like White Lily became pantry staples for home bakers. If you’re trying to replicate that Southern style, keep in mind that those are most often made with a softer flour. You may want to experiment with using pastry flour or a blend of flours to get a closer substitute.

How to Store Self-Rising Flour

This recipe for making self-rising flour can easily be scaled to be used for a specific recipe or to make extra to keep for future use. To make a large batch, simply multiply the quantities and store the flour in an airtight container to use when needed.

Remember that baking powder will lose its leavening abilities over time. Be sure to check the expiration date of your baking powder before adding it to the flour. Once mixed, the self-rising flour will also lose its leavening ability just like the baking powder. If you’re making a large batch, be sure to note the date mixed and the expiration date of the baking powder on the storage container.

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How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Yield 1 cup self-rising flour
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

It's easy to make your own self-rising flour with just 3 basic ingredients!

ingredients for making self-rising flour


  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour*
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


    1. Place the flour in a small bowl.
    2. Add the baking powder and salt
    3. Use a wire whisk to mix the flour, baking powder, and salt thoroughly.
    4. Use your self-rising flour in a recipe or store in an airtight container.


*If you're using a different flour or a blend of flours, keep in mind that the weight will be different. Be sure to use the same volume of flour.

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    10 Comments on “How to Make Self-Rising Flour”

  1. What is self-rising flour used for?

    • Hi, Mark. Self-rising flour has many uses and appears in different types of baking recipes. It’s most often used in some recipes for things like biscuits, scones, and pancakes. It sometimes shows up in recipes for other baked goods like cakes and breads.

  2. Thank you for sharing it will help me a lot.Here in Europe self raising flour is very scarce.

  3. Hi Jennifer! If the recipe calls for 3 cups of self rising flour, do I also need to triple the amount of baking powder & salt? Thanks in advance for replying. Keep safe and regards from the Philippines 🙂

  4. Thank you for this information. I have now learnt how to make self raising flour for baking.

  5. Jennifer, it is about time for me to thank you for the many great reults of baking with your recipes.

    I have baked lots of your Cookies, breads and cakes. I will now try the self raising four. Thank you for that. It is not a product easily obtained in Germany.

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