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Dry Yeast >> Fresh Cake Yeast Conversion

If a recipe calls for dry yeast and you need to convert to fresh cake yeast, follow the step-by-step guide below.

Fresh ‘Cake’ Yeast for home bakers is found in the dairy section of grocery stores. It is sold in 2-ounce packages. (*see note below for larger packages of cake yeast).

One 2-oz. cake yeast is equal to three packets (¼-oz. or 2 ¼ teaspoons each) of dry yeast.

Divide cake yeast into 3 equal pieces. If you have a scale, each piece is 0.67 oz (18.9 g).

Each cake yeast piece is equal to one packet (or 2 ¼ teaspoons) of dry yeast.

You may crumble the fresh yeast directly into the flour with other dry ingredients, then add lukewarm liquids.  Or if you prefer to ‘proof’ your yeast, crumble the fresh yeast in ½ cup of lukewarm water with 1 tsp. sugar.  Stir and let stand 5 – 10 minutes, until it foams.  Reduce the liquids in the recipe by ½ cup since you are adding ½ cup liquid with the yeast.

*NOTE: If you have a 1-pound block of cake yeast, first divide it into 8 equal pieces – each piece will be a 2-ounce block. Then follow directions above for each of the 8 pieces.

Some bakeries may sell a ‘chunk’ of fresh yeast. If you don’t have a scale, a 2-ounce cake yeast is about the size of ½ stick of butter.

If you can’t find it at your local store, please ask the dairy manager to order it in.

More information on Fresh Cake Yeast:

Review & Comments

Jackie Hatchet | Reply

Thank you, I love yeast rolls. This is a great help!!!

Anita Bononno | Reply

THANK YOU for showing so easily how to convert cake yeast to dry yeast. Very much appreciated.

Camille | Reply

I have found it very difficult to read the weight line.because it is printed in white instead of black or dark navy blue.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Camille – what weight are you looking for? The product weights are listed in the page’s text above the first picture.

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M J Mandler | Reply

have an old family recipe that calls for cake yeast but I cannot find cake yeast. How can I convert dry yeast to cake yeast?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi MJ,
Base the amount of dry yeast needed on the total flour in the recipe. One (0.25oz) packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons will rise up to 4 cups of flour. Here’s a link to our conversion chart with more info: https://redstaryeast.com/yeast-baking-lessons/yeast-conversion-table/

Happy baking!
Carol

John Peysen | Reply

love to bake

Victoria | Reply

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I would like to bake the pumpkin roll.

Thank you.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Victoria,
Which of our yeast products are you using for the recipe? Active Dry, Quick Rise, Platinum, …?

-Carol

Teresa | Reply

I’m a Big Fan of your yeast and recipes!!!!

Sue Molitor | Reply

I bought fresh yeast from a bakery. I was afraid to use it. I read somewhere that you should use 1/3 less cake yeast than dry. How l

Long can you freeze it? Anyway it worked great. Thanks for putting this in stores for us.

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Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sue,
I’m glad to hear you are enjoying our recipes! Here’s a link to cake yeast storage information: https://redstaryeast.com/yeast-baking-lessons/yeast-shelf-life-storage/cake-yeast/
Happy baking!
Carol

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