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Airy Fairy Cake Flour

Subject: airy fairy cake flour
From: rob
Date: 8/4/2021, 1:04 PM

On 8/3/2021 11:40 PM, rob wrote:


Looking at this old recipe, it calls for Airy Fairy. All I've found online is that 
this is perhaps a type of flour - is that correct? Would it be cake flour today, or 
was it a brand name? Thank you, Uncle Phaedrus!

Hello Robin,

Yes, it was a brand of "cake flour". See: Attic Paper

It was originally a product of Commander-Larabee Corp., a large flour milling company, ownership of which passed to Archer-Daniels-Midland in 1930. The "Airy Fairy" brand does not appear to have survived past World War Two. I could not find any ads for it after 1945. It was a competitor of General Foods' "Swansdown Cake Flour," so it's a fair assumption that it was similar to that product and other cake flours that are sold today.


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