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Homemade self-rising flour: what is self-rising flour?How does the self-rising calculator work?How to use the self-rising calculatorSelf-rising flour calculator: decimal to fraction conversion tableRecipe for pancakes with self-rising flourFAQs

If you've always wondered how to make the fluffiest pancakes or the softest banana bread without store-bought self-rising flour, you've come to the right place — our self-rising flour calculator has all the answers. Sweet, right?

Making homemade self-rising flour is easy, even more so using our calculator. You only need three ingredients: all-purpose or plain flour, baking powder, and salt.

Would you like to discover the secrets of self-rising flour? How do you convert all-purpose flour to self-rising flour? Or learn the ultimate recipe for making pancakes with self-rising flour? Are you hungry for more?

Then read on!

Homemade self-rising flour: what is self-rising flour?

Store-brought self-rising flour and homemade self-rising flour are both a combination of flour, baking powder, and salt. Baking powder is the star of the mix, as it is the chemical rising agent used to… well… rise.

The only difference is that store-bought self-rising flour is made from softer wheat than normal plain flour. This helps cakes, breads, or doughs to be softer. You will get similar results by adding baking powder to all-purpose flour. It is possible that the cakes might not be quite as moist, but don't worry! Thanks to our self-rising flour calculator, you will be as close as possible to the standard self-rising flour.

💡 Self-rising flour was invented in 1845 by Bristol baker Henry Jones. Before him, people used only yeast as a rising agent. But yeast spoiled easily, especially on long sea voyages, leaving soldiers and travelers with dry, moldy bread.

How does the self-rising calculator work?

The self-rising flour calculator by Omni Calculator is your new partner in cream, accompanying you at every step of your baking journey. As you can see, our calculator has two modes: US self-rising flour and UK self-rising flour. The only difference is that the US self-rising adds some extra salt. Other than that, they both have the same ratio of baking powder to flour.

This ratio is quite a hot topic among bakers — some sources say 1 tsp of baking powder for 1 cup of all-purpose flour, others 3 cups of all-purpose flour. After some thorough research and experimentation, we've concluded that the best ratio is 2 tsp of baking powder for 1 cup of all-purpose flour.

Here are the formulas we used in our self-rising flour calculator:

  • US self-rising flour
self-risingflour=all-purposeflour+bakingpowder+salt\quad \scriptsize \begin{gather*}\text{self-rising} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} = \begin{gather*} \text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} + \begin{gather*}\text{baking} \\[-0.4em]\text{powder} \end{gather*} + \text{salt}
self-risingflour=all-purposeflour+48625all-purposeflour+3250all-purposeflour\quad \scriptsize \begin{align*} \begin{gather*}\text{self-rising} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} &= \begin{gather*} \text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} + \frac{48}{625} \begin{gather*}\text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} \\&\quad+ \frac{3}{250} \begin{gather*}\text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} \end{align*}

The ratio for the salt is 1/4 tsp of table salt for 1 cup of all-purpose flour.

  • UK self-rising flour
self-risingflour=all-purposeflour+bakingpowder\quad \scriptsize \begin{gather*}\text{self-rising} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} = \begin{gather*}\text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} + \begin{gather*}\text{baking} \\[-5px]\text{powder} \end{gather*}
self-risingflour=all-purposeflour+48625all-purposeflour\quad \scriptsize \begin{align*} \begin{gather*}\text{self-rising} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} = \begin{gather*} \text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} + \frac{48}{625} \begin{gather*}\text{all-purpose} \\[-0.4em]\text{flour} \end{gather*} \end{align*}

🙋 If you'd like to add a little salt to your recipe without using as much salt as in the American version, you can use UK self-rising flour and add salted butter to your recipe.

How to use the self-rising calculator

Now, let's look at a concrete example to show you how this calculator by Omni Calculator converts all-purpose flour to self-rising flour.

Suppose it's Friday night, and you've decided to throw a big party and want to make pizzas from scratch for your friends. But every recipe requires self-rising flour, and you know you finished the last bag for those yummy pancakes last week. There is no need to panic. Our self-rising flour calculator comes to the rescue.

The pizza dough recipe tells you to add 2 cups of self-rising flour. So let's see how to make these 2 cups of homemade self-rising flour:

  1. First, you must choose the mode: US self-rising flour or UK self-rising flour. You've taken the recipe from a famous American website, so you choose US self-rising flour.

  2. Here's the list of the ingredients you will need:

    • All-purpose flour;

    • Baking powder; and

    • Salt.

  3. Good news! You have all of them. Now you can input 2 cups in the field: How much self-rising flour do you need?

  4. The calculator will display the answer immediately. You will need:

    • All-purpose flour: 1.84 cups (1 cup, 13 tbsp and 1 ⅓ tsp)

    • Baking Powder: 3.67 tsp (1 tbsp and ⅔ tsp)

    • Salt: 0.46 tsp (½ tsp)

    You can finally start preparing your pizza dough and treat your friends.

  5. Moreover, our tool features a built-in unit converter. You can easily switch from cups to ounces or teaspoons to grams simply by clicking on the unit.

The self-raising flour calculator gives results to two decimal places to make the conversion as accurate as possible. If you want your result as a fraction, go to our decimal-to-fraction converter or check our conversion table below.

Self-rising flour calculator: decimal to fraction conversion table

We know that, sometimes, conversion can be a headache, so we've created a conversion table from cups in decimals to cups in fractions, numbers of teaspoons, and tablespoons. We use less common values to help you with more complex conversion problems.

Conversion table for cups, teaspoons and tablespoons.

Cups (Decimal)

Cups (Fraction)

Number of teaspoons

Number of tablespoons




















1 ⅛




1 ⅝




2 ⅜




2 ⅝




3 ⅛




3 ⅜




3 ⅝




4 ¼




4 ¾




5 ⅛




5 ⅜




6 ¼



Recipe for pancakes with self-rising flour

Imagine waking up one morning and deciding to bake pancakes for breakfast, only to discover you don't have any self-rising flour. Still half asleep, you're wondering: "How do I make self-rising flour for my pancakes?". Well, we've got you covered. Here's a recipe for 12 American pancakes with self-rising flour, calculated using our self-rising flour tool.

  • 2 cups of homemade self-rising flour:

    • 1 cup, 13 tbsp and 1 ⅓ tsp of all-purpose flour;

    • 1 tbsp and ⅔ tsp of baking powder; and

    • ½ tsp of salt.

  • 1 tbsp of sugar;

  • 1 ¾ cups of whole milk;

  • 1 egg; and

  • 3 tbsp of melted butter.

And if you're also short of baking powder, our super calculators are always there to save the day. Check out our perfect pancake calculator for more pancake recipes from around the world that don't use self-rising flour. We tried it, and the French crêpes were delicious...


How do I make self-rising flour?

To make self-rising flour, you will only need three ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour;
  • Baking powder; and
  • Salt.

For one cup of all-purpose flour, you must add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. You can also leave the salt out and get the English version of self-rising flour.

How do I make 1 cup of self-rising flour?

To make 1 cup of self-rising flour, you will need:

For an American self-rising flour:

  1. 1 cup of all-purpose flour not filled, i.e., take about 2 teaspoons of flour out (0.92 cups).

  2. Almost 2 teaspoons of baking powder (1.84 tsp).

  3. Around ¼ teaspoons of salt (0.23 tsp).

For an English self-rising flour:

  1. 1 cup of all-purpose flour not filled, i.e., take about 2 teaspoons of flour out (0.93 cups).

  2. Almost 2 teaspoons of baking powder (1.86 tsp).

  3. And that's it. You don't need salt.

Is all-purpose flour self-rising flour?

No, all-purpose flour and self-rising flour are different. Both are used to prepare various products, such as cakes, bread, doughs, etc. But all-purpose flour does not contain baking powder or salt, while self-rising flour does. Baking powder in self-rising flour facilitates the preparation of cakes and other desserts, making them rise much faster and offering better results than all-purpose flour.

Can I use self-rising flour to fry chicken?

Yes, you can use self-rising flour to fry chicken, as it automatically puffs up a little and becomes very crispy. The baking powder in the self-rising flour makes the dough rise a little when fried, which results in a lighter crust. Enjoy your super-crispy chicken tenders.

Can I use self-rising flour for cookies?

Yes, you can use self-rising flour to make cookies. While the flavor itself won't be affected by replacing all-purpose flour with self-rising flour, the cookies will have a slightly crispier consistency and a lighter texture. Nonetheless, if you have a cookie recipe that spreads a lot during baking using all-purpose flour, it's probably not the best idea to replace it with self-rising flour.

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