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Substitute for Fresh Cake Yeast

mymeowzer's picture

Substitute for Fresh Cake Yeast

Hi, If I have a recipe that calls for 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Cake Yeast how can I substitute that with Active Dry Yeast? What quantity of Active Dry would work? Thanks so much!

mrfrost's picture

Use one half the amount if substituting with active dry yeast.

Use one third of the amount if substituting with instant yeast.

So for the recipe, use 1/2 tablespoon active dry.

gaaarp's picture

Here's a handy chart for converting yeast measurements:

swtgran's picture

If the cake yeast amounts are given in ounces and you are trying to use teaspoons these are them amounts I have used and they have worked great.

1/2 ounce = 1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast                                    

3/4 ounce = 2-1/4 tsp. active dry yeast  or one envelope

I usually use the same amount of instant yeast as active dry and have had no problems.




rhomp2002's picture

25 g fresh yeast = 7 grams instant yeast


I use that to set up an equation  7  /  25  =  x  /  (weight of fresh yeast)

coolkev's picture


Mymeowzer, I'm sure you're aware that New York Bakers offer fresh yeast by mail order but just in case ...

They ship twice a month. There is a URL for them in the Links sections.