How many grams in a cup

Want to know how grams are in a cup? Learn how to convert cups to grams and grams to cups easily with this simple conversion tool! Stop using cups and tablespoons with your recipes to guarantee perfect baked goods every single time.

how many grams in a cup

If you’ve ever made a recipe that uses cups or tablespoons, you may wonder why they aren’t turning out as expected. This is especially important for baking, as precise measurements are imperative.

This is where using grams comes into play. A chocolate cake using grams will always turn out much better than the same recipe calling for cups. When using grams, the room for error is minimal.

What are grams? 

Grams is a unit of weight used in the metric measurement system. There are one thousand milligrams in one gram. Most countries use the metric system, which measure weight in grams and kilograms. The ingredients you use will usually come in these quantities too. The few countries that don’t use the metric system (United States, Myanmar, and Liberia) use the Imperial measurement system.

How to convert cups to grams (1 gram to cups)

Different ingredients use different units for measurement. Once you work out which unit it falls under, you can then convert them to grams.

For example, there are 1000 grams in a kilogram. Here are the formulas for converting ingredients to grams-

  • Milligram: 0.001 gram
  • Ounce: 28.35 grams
  • Fluid ounce: 29.57 grams
  • Kilogram: 1000 grams
  • Stone: 6350.20 grams
  • U.S. ton: 907,185 grams

How many grams are in a cup

Flour is a common ingredient used in baking. Based on research and evidence, there are 120 grams in one cup of flour.

If a vanilla cake recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, you can use this for the conversion-

120 grams x 3 = 360 grams of flour for the recipe.

Here is a handy conversion chart to use. See below for more conversions for popular ingredients.

CupGrams
1 cup120 grams
2 cups240 grams
3 cups360 grams
4 cups480 grams
5 cups600 grams
6 cups720 grams
7 cups840 grams

Converting dry ingredients vs. wet ingredients 

The conversions for dry and wet ingredients are different, as the volume is significantly different. 

Dry Ingredient conversions

CupGramsOunces
1/4 cup 50 grams1.76 oz.
1/3 cup66.7 grams2.40 oz.
1/2 cup 100 grams3.53 oz.
5/8 cup125 grams4.41 oz.
2/3 cup133 grams4.70 oz.
3/4 cup150 grams5.29 oz.
1 cup200 grams7.10 oz.

Liquid (Wet) Ingredient conversions

Cup (Liquid)Grams
1 cup236.58 grams
2 cups473.17 grams
3 cups709.70 grams
4 cups946.35 grams
5 cups1182 grams
6 cups1456.80 grams
7 cups1678.80 grams

Cup to grams converter

Dry ingredient measurements

For dry measurements, you can use the following cups to grams converter. This is useful for recipes calling for plenty of dry ingredients, like bread, banana bread, and chocolate chip cookies.

CupsGramsOunces
1 tsp5g0.17 oz.
1 tbsp15g0.53 oz.
1 cup flour150g5.3 oz.
1 cup caster sugar225g7.9 oz.
1 cup icing sugar115g4 oz.
1 cup brown sugar175g6.2 oz.
1 cup sultanas200g7 oz.
How many grams are in a cup

Liquid measurements

For liquid measurements, you can use the following cups to grams converter. This will be helpful for recipes calling for more liquid ingredients, like a fudge pudding cake, chocolate mousse, or cheesecake.

CupsMillilitresFluid Ounces
1 tsp (teaspoon)5 ml0.2 fl oz.
1 tbsp (tablespoon)15 ml0.5 fl oz.
1/8 cup30 ml1 fl oz.
1/4 cup60 ml2 fl oz.
1/2 cup120 ml4 fl oz.
1 cup240 ml8 fl oz.
grams to cups

Is it best to use a kitchen scale or measuring cups for baking? 

A kitchen scale is a highly recommended option for measuring ingredients for baking or any recipe. Benefits of using a scale include:

  • Accuracy– There is very little room for error and the weight is as accurate as can be.
  • Utilizes all kinds of units- A basic scale can offer fluid ounces, ounces, ml, and grams.
  • No mess– There are no measuring cups to wash or bowls to rinse out.

Hence, a kitchen scale is a better option than measuring cups. 

What is a scant cup?

A cup that isn’t firmly packed with its dry ingredients, for example, flour or sugar, is known as a scant cup. We often use it when baking desserts (like brownies or a chocolate cake) and when sugar is involved- e.g. a scant cup of brown sugar.

How many grams are in half a cup?

Using flour (a dry ingredient) as a base, there are 60 grams in half a cup. Again, this would differ based on what the half cup contains.

For a liquid ingredient, like milk, there are 125 grams.

Cups to grams conversions of common ingredients

The following conversion charts will easily convert cups to grams of some of the most used ingredients- butter, dry goods, flour, oats, sugar, oil, milk, cocoa powder, and liquid sweeteners (like maple syrup).

Butter 

CupsGrams
1/4 cup 57 grams
1/3 cup 76 grams
1/2 cup 113 grams
1 cup 227 grams

Basic dry goods (Beans, wheat, rice)

CupsGramsOunces
1/8 c (2 tbsp)16 g.563 oz
1/4 cup32 g1.13 oz.
1/3 cup43 g1.5 oz.
1/2 cup64 g2.25 oz.
2/3 cup85 g3 oz.
3/4 cup96 g3.38 oz.
1 cup128 g4.5 oz.

Flour (Alternative flours, NOT white flour)

CupsGramsOunces
1/4 cup34 g1.2 oz.
1/3 cup45 g1.6 oz.
1/2 cup68 g2.4 oz.
1 cup136 g4.8 oz.

Rolled oats 

CupsGramsOunces
1/4 cup21 g.75 oz.
1/3 cup28 g1 oz.
1/2 cup43 g1.5 oz.
1 cup85 g3 oz.

Granulated sugar 

CupsGramsOunces
2 tbsp25 g.89 oz.
1/4 cup50 g1.78 oz.
1/3 cup67 g2.37 oz.
1/2 cup100 g3.55 oz.
2/3 cup134 g4.73 oz.
3/4 cup150 g5.3 oz.
1 cup201 g7.1 oz.

Brown sugar (Packed)

CupsGramsOunces
1/4 cup55 g1.9 oz.
1/3 cup73 g2.58 oz.
1/2 cup110 g3.88 oz.
1 cup220 g7.75 oz.

Oil 

GramsCups
50g3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
100g¼ cup + 3 tablespoons
200g¾ cup + 3 tablespoons
250g1 cup + 3 tablespoons
300g1¼ cups + 2 tablespoons
400g1¾ cups + 2 tablespoons
500g2¼ cups + 1 tablespoon

Milk and cream 

GramsCups
50g3 tablespoons
100g¼ cup + 2 tablespoons
200g¾ cup + 1 tablespoon
250g1 cup
300g1 cup + 3 tablespoons
400g1½ cups + 1 tablespoon
500g1¾ cups + 3 tablespoons

Cocoa powder 

GramsCups
50g¼ cup + 3 tablespoons
100g¾ cup + 2 tablespoons
200g1¾ cups + 1 tablespoon
250g2¼ cups
300g2½ cups + 3 tablespoons
400g3½ cups + 2 tablespoons
500g4½ cups

Liquid sweeteners (honey, molasses, and maple syrup)

CupsGramsOunces
2 tbsp43 g1.5 oz.
1/4 cup85 g3 oz.
1/3 cup113 g4 oz.
1/2 cup170 g6 oz.
2/3 cup227 g8 oz.
3/4 cup255 g9 oz.
1 cup340 g12 oz.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many grams in a cup of flour?

There are 130 grams in a cup of flour (packed).

How many grams in a cup of water?

A cup of water has 236 grams.

How many grams in a cup of sugar?

There are 200 grams in a cup of sugar.

How many grams in a cup of rice?

In a cup of uncooked rice, there are 185 grams.

How many grams in a cup of cooked rice?

There are 200 grams in one cup of cooked rice.

How many grams in a cup of yogurt?

A cup of yogurt has 245 grams.

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    5 thoughts on “How many grams in a cup

    1. Hi, there,
      Just a little confused by this.
      “Flour is a common ingredient used in baking. Based on research and evidence, there are 240 grams in one cup of flour.” I’ve always read that 1 cup flour is in the 120 gram range. Just wondering if there’s an error there.
      Thanks so much.

      1. Hi Linda- apologies there was an error with the article when posted. It should be amended now- 120 grams per cups is correct.

    2. Thank you so much for all the work that you have put into this, Arman. I have so needed this for a very long time, as I never retain any conversions in my head! I am printing it out for easy referencing.
      Absolutely love your innovative, easy to follow recipes and ideas.
      Kind regards.
      Jules.

    3. A vexing question..trying to work out how many grams in a stick of butter required in American recipes. 115 or 125?
      Can you help with this measurement. Thank you.

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