Flour measurements can be one of the biggest variables when it comes to making the perfect bread or cake. In fact, really serious bakers prefer weighing their ingredients using a digital scale, because it is the most accurate method.
However…..as a mom of 5, I just never took the time to do that, but I do agree that it is important to know how to measure flour and do so consistently so that your bread or cake will turn out just as the recipe intended!
To measure the flour, always use dry measuring cups and do NOT pack the flour!
Your dry cup should be filled so that the flour stays light and fluffy, then use a knife (or your index finger, straight across to go faster!) to level the flour across the measuring cup to get rid of excess on top, so that the flour is flush with the rim.
Here is what I mean by dry measuring cups (good for flour and sugar and such), as opposed to liquid measuring cups, which, as the name implies (!) is for liquid ingredients (oil, flour, wine etc):