Grams To Cups / Cups To Grams Conversions - Charlotte's Lively Kitchen (2023)

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Easily convert between grams, cups, ounces and millilitres for many popular baking ingredients including flour, sugar, butter and many more.

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Ingredient: Convert From: Convert To: Amount:

NOTE - A tablespoon in these conversions is 15ml (the standard size in the UK/US). A cup is assumed to be 240ml.

For more information about how to use this calculator and how the conversions have been derived, please have a read of everything below...

  • About this calculator
  • How to fill a cup for baking?
  • Are you best using scales or cups for baking? - it's scales and I've got a big list to explain why
  • What is a scant cup?
  • How are the measurements in the calculator rounded?
  • Conversion tables
    Select Ingredient
    • Water
    • Sugar - Caster, Granulated, Icing, Powdered, Confectioners, Brown
    • Flour - Plain, All-purpose, Self-raising, Spelt, Wholemeal
    • - Butter, Margarine, Vegetable oil
    • Cocoa Powder
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About this calculator

Isn't it annoying when you find a recipe in US cups,and you only have scales or vice versa?

Well, I now have the solution... my Interactive Grams to Cups / Cups to Grams Calculator.

I've called it "grams to cups / cups to grams" as they're the conversions I get asked for most often, but actually, it can convert between grams, cups, ounces or millilitres for many common baking ingredients. So you can go from grams to cups, or cups to grams, from cups to millilitres or grams to ounces to your heart's content.

Simply select your ingredient, what you'd like to convert from and to and enter the amount,and it'll tell you exactly what you need.

The ingredients currently included in the calculator are:

  • Water
  • Sugars & Sweeteners- Caster Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Icing/Powdered Sugar, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Runny Honey, Golden Syrup and Black Treacle
  • Flours -Self-Raising Flour, Plain Flour, Spelt Flour, Wholemeal Flour and Cornflour
  • Fats & Oils -Butter, Margarine and Vegetable Oil
  • Nuts & Seeds -Ground Almonds, Chia Seeds and Linseeds/Flax Seeds
  • Milk & Cream -Milk, Single Cream, Double Cream, Half-and-half, Whipping Cream, Heavy Cream, Buttermilk
  • Other Ingredients- Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Chips, Mini Marshmallows, Popping Corn, Raisins, Cream Cheese, Desiccated Coconut, Pudding Rice, Nutella, Custard and Skimmed Milk Powder

I'll be adding new ingredients all the time. If there's one missing that you'd love to see here then do let me know in the comments.

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How to fill a cup for baking

I asked my followers on social media about how they fill cups. The majority scoop ingredients such as flour or sugar out of the bag and then level the top, so that's the approach I've taken when measuring similar ingredients for my calculator. I also like to give the bag a little squeeze beforehand to break up any lumps.

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Many conversion charts give 1 cup of flour as 120g. However, I've found the only way I can get it that low is to sift the flour and then use a spoon to fill the cup with the sifted flour. I don't know about you, but I prefer to sift flour after it's been measured, not before. So in my conversions, you'll find a cup of flour weighs more as it reflects how I fill a cup.

For ingredients in smaller packets, I pour them into the cup straight from the bag and level the top.

For soft ingredients such as butter or cream cheese, I push them into the cup with the back of a spoon to ensure any gaps are filled and then level the top.

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Are you best using scales or cups for baking?

In baking accuracy is important, so for my baking recipes I recommend always using grams if you can.

There are several reasons I'd recommend using weighed ingredients rather than cups:

The conversion varies depending on how you fill your cup

When I was working out all of the conversions for this calculator, I found that how I filled a cup could significantly impact the amount of an ingredient I could fit in.

In the image below both cups appear to be full of flour. However, the one on the right weighs over 40% more than the one on the left, as I packed the flour in as tightly as possible.

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A cup isn't always a cup

The official size of a US cup is 236.588ml, but most cups available to buy in the shops assume it to be 240ml for simplicity (this is what I've assumed in my calculator). However, there are some cup manufacturers sell cups that are 250ml (but keep a½ cup at 120ml!).

This isn't a huge problem as long as you know which you own. A bigger problem is that not all cups sold are hugely accurate.

I own two sets of measuring cups,and neither holds the amount they're supposed to. In one set my¼ cup holds 65ml (it should be 60ml), yet the full cup only holds 225ml when it should be 240ml (don't worry I've adjusted everything here to ensure it's accurate for a correctly-sized cup).

Some ingredients can be tricky to get into the cup

If you've got a recipe such as scones or shortcrust pastry that need cold butter straight from the fridge, how do you get it into the cup to measure it?

Not everything fits nicely in a cup

Imagine measuring walnuts. If you put them into a cup whole, you're going to fit in a lot less than if you finely chop them before adding them to the cup.

You got the ingredient into the cup, but how do you get it back out again?

There are also some ingredients such as Nutella or Black Treacle that are tricky to remove from the cup after filling. It's unlikely that you'll get everything out that you put in so you may well end up adding less to your mixture than the recipe calls for.

Do you really want to be washing up mid-baking?

Many sets of scales have a tare button which allows you to rest the scales to 0 so you can keep measuring more ingredients into one bowl. The is great as it means you can pour in everything you need for your mixture without getting lots of extra measuring utensils dirty.

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Imagine you've got a recipe that calls for a cup of butter, flour, maple syrup and Nutella (not too sure what you'd be making!). To get an accurate measurement, you'll need to either own lots of cups or wash the cup up between each ingredient before you can measure the next one.

What is a scant cup?

A scant cup is just under a cup. As measurements go it's a bit vague! Similarly, the amount you can fit into a heaped cup can vary significantly depending on the shape of the cup. I therefore don't use either of these descriptions in my recipes (it's a flat cup, tablespoon or teaspoon for me).

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How are the measurements in the calculator rounded?

To keep the conversions to amounts that can be easily measured in the kitchen I've rounded...

  • Grams to the nearest gram
  • Millilitres to the nearest millilitre
  • Ounces to the nearest ¼ ounce
  • Cups to the nearest
    • ¼ teaspoon (for under 1 teaspoon)
    • Teaspoon for under¼ cup
    • Tablespoon for over¼ cup

Conversion tables

In addition to the main calculator, I thought it would be helpful to provide conversion tables for a selection of the most popular ingredients.

Water

WATER - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g3 tbsp + 1 tsp
100g¼ cup + 3 tbsp
200g¾ cup + 1 tbsp
250g1 cup + 1 tbsp
300g1¼ cups
400g1½ cups + 3 tbsp
500g2 cups + 1 tbsp
WATER - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp5g
1 tbsp15g
¼ cup60g
⅓ cup80g
½ cup120g
1 cup240g

Sugar

Caster sugar

CASTER SUGAR - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup
100g½ cup
200g1 cup
250g1¼ cups
300g1½ cups
400g2 cups
500g2½ cups
CASTER SUGAR - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp4g
1 tbsp13g
¼ cup51g
⅓ cup67g
½ cup101g
1 cup202g

Granulated Sugar

GRANUALTED SUGAR - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g3 tbsp + 2 tsp
100g¼ cup + 3 tbsp
200g¾ cup + 3 tbsp
250g1 cup + 3 tbsp
300g1½ cups + 2 tbsp
400g1¾ cups + 2 tbsp
500g2¼ cups + 1 tbsp
GRANULATED SUGAR - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp4g
1 tbsp13g
¼ cup54g
⅓ cup72g
½ cup108g
1 cup215g

Icing / powdered / confectioners sugar

ICING / POWDERED/ CONFECTIONERS SUGAR - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup + 1 tbsp
100g½ cup + 3 tbsp
200g1¼ cups + 2 tbsp
250g1½ cups + 3 tbsp
300g2 cups + 1 tbsp
400g2¾ cups
500g3¼ cups + 3 tbsp
ICING / POWDERED / CONFECTIONERS SUGAR - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp3g
1 tbsp9g
¼ cup37g
⅓ cup49g
½ cup73g
1 cup146g

Brown sugar (packed)

BROWN SUGAR (PACKED) - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup
100g½ cup
200g1 cup
250g1¼ cups
300g1½ cups
400g2 cups
500g2¼ cups + 3 tbsp
BROWN SUGAR (PACKED) - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp4g
1 tbsp13g
¼ cup51g
⅓ cup68g
½ cup102g
1 cup203g

Flour

White flour - plain, all-purpose, self-raising, spelt

WHITE FLOUR - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup + 1 tbsp
100g½ cup + 2 tbsp
200g1¼ cups
250g1½ cups + 1 tbsp
300g1¾ cups + 2 tbsp
400g2½ cups
500g3 cups + 2 tbsp
WHITE FLOUR - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp3g
1 tbsp10g
¼ cup40g
⅓ cup54g
½ cup81g
1 cup161g

Wholemeal / brown flour

BROWN FLOUR - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup + 1 tbsp
100g½ cup + 2 tbsp
200g1¼ cup + 1 tbsp
250g1½ cup + 2 tbsp
300g1¾ cups + 3 tbsp
400g2½ cups + 1 tbsp
500g3¼ cups
BROWN FLOUR - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp3g
1 tbsp10g
¼ cup39g
⅓ cup52g
½ cup78g
1 cup155g

Cornflour (UK) / cornstarch (US)

CORNFLOUR / CORNSTARCH - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup + 3 tbsp
100g¾ cup + 1 tbsp
200g1½ cups + 2 tbsp
250g2 cups + 1 tbsp
300g2¼ cups + 3 tbsp
400g3¼ cups
500g4 cups + 2 tbsp
CORNFLOUR / CORNSTARCH - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp3g
1 tbsp8g
¼ cup31g
⅓ cup41g
½ cup61g
1 cup122g

Fats and oils

Butter / margarine

BUTTER / MARGARINE - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g3 tbsp + 2 tsp
100g¼ cup + 3 tbsp
200g¾ cup + 2 tbsp
250g1 cup + 2 tbsp
300g1¼ cups + 2 tbsp
400g1¾ cups + 1 tbsp
500g2¼ cups
BUTTER / MARGARINE - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp5g
1 tbsp14g
¼ cup56g
⅓ cup74g
½ cup111g
1 cup222g

How much does a stick of butter weigh?

I've seen many recipes from the US calling for a stick of butter, but just how much butter do you actually get in a stick?

A stick of butter = 113g = 4oz = ½ cup

Vegetable oil

OIL - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g3 tbsp + 2 tsp
100g¼ cup + 3 tbsp
200g¾ cup + 3 tbsp
250g1 cup + 3 tbsp
300g1¼ cups + 2 tbsp
400g1¾ cups + 2 tbsp
500g2¼ cups + 1 tbsp
OIL - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp4g
1 tbsp13g
¼ cup54g
⅓ cup71g
½ cup107g
1 cup214g

Milk / Cream

MILK / CREAM - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g3 tbsp
100g¼ cup + 2 tbsp
200g¾ cup + 1 tbsp
250g1 cup
300g1 cup + 3 tbsp
400g1½ cups + 1 tbsp
500g1¾ cups + 3 tbsp
MILK / CREAM - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp5g
1 tbsp16g
¼ cup64g
⅓ cup85g
½ cup128g
1 cup255g

Cocoa Powder

COCOA POWDER - GRAMS TO CUPS
GramsCups
50g¼ cup + 3 tbsp
100g¾ cup + 2 tbsp
200g1¾ cups + 1 tbsp
250g2¼ cups
300g2½ cups + 3 tbsp
400g3½ cups + 2 tbsp
500g4½ cups
COCOA POWDER - CUPS TO GRAMS
CupsGrams
1 tsp2g
1 tbsp7g
¼ cup28g
⅓ cup37g
½ cup56g
1 cup111g

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  1. Tracy says

    Hi Charlotte! As a European food blogger, this is so helpful! I especially love the fact that you can put in your grams and it is magically converted to cups, tbsp and tsp! Fantastic.

    Could you please add Greek yoghurt? 🙂

    Reply

  2. Nana Titus says

    Thanks this is really helpful. Can you add yeast too.

    Reply

    • Charlotte Oates says

      noted!

  3. RP says

    Your AP flour 161 grams/cup is significantly different from others: cf LATimes “What does a cup of flour weigh”
    King Arthur Flour: 120 grams
    Bake From Scratch: 125 grams
    Washington Post: 126 grams
    The New York Times: 128 grams
    Bon Appétit: 130 grams
    AllRecipes.com: 136 grams
    The L.A. Times; Cook’s Illustrated: 142 grams

    Reply

    • Charlotte Oates says

      As you have shown from your research the number of grams in a cup can vary significantly depending on who is going the measuring.

      I have outlined in my post how I have chosen to measure the flour so every is clear on the method I’ve used. I’ve also demonstrated the huge variation that can occur in flour measurements according to how tightly or loosely packed it is. Unfortunately due to the nature of flour the method is important.

  4. Ellen says

    Can you add salt please?
    Thank you.
    Lost between the UK & USA

    Reply

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    • Ellen says

      And yeast too please!

      Thank you.
      Lost between the UK & USA

  5. Cynthia says

    Thanks very educative

    Reply

  6. Judith says

    Thank you so much

    Reply

  7. kate says

    thanks alot

    Reply

    • Neena says

      Thanks. Can you add sunflower seeds too

  8. Chisom says

    Thanks alot.
    This is really helpful

    Reply

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