How Many Tablespoons are There in a Cup? (1/4 1/3 1/2 2/3)

Different recipes will require you to use different measurements when it comes to the ingredients that need to be used. One of these measurements is in cups, and you will need to know the exact amount this is if you do not have measuring cups available to you.

You can purchase measuring cups online or in home stores, but if you do not cook often, then you might be looking for an alternative way to take your measurements. If this is the case, then you could look at tablespoons instead of cups. 

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If you find that your recipe calls for a number of cups of flour, for instance, you can instead use the equivalent number of tablespoons of flour.

In this article, we are going to tell you the ratio between cups and tablespoons, so you can adjust your recipes accordingly and ensure that you are using the correct amount of each ingredient. We will also tell you how this may vary between sold, liquid, and dry products, so you can be best prepared.

How to Measure Liquids

Something that you might not have known is that liquids are one of the easiest items to measure, and they generally weigh just as much as they measure in ounces. You should note that the term liquids also refers to some products that are solid and at room temperature, including things like butter and shortening.

Liquids will either fill the space of a measuring vessel at room temperature, or they will be able to melt in order to do so. Interestingly, 8 ounces of water is equal to one cup of water, and it also weighs 8 ounces.

1 ounce is also equal to around 28.83 grams or millimeters. Liquid conversions are one of the most straightforward, and this has been suggested by many cooking experts. Dry ingredients are more likely to be more accurate when they are being measured in weight, but not by being measured by volume.

Table of Conversions

Cups

Tablespoons

Ounces

Grams

⅓ Cup

5 tbsp

2.33 fl. oz

75.7 g

½ Cup

8 tbsp

4  fl. oz

113.4 g

⅔ Cup

10 tbsp

5.33  fl. oz

151.4 g

1 Cup

16 tbsp

8  fl. oz

226.8 g

How Many Tablespoons in a Cup?

When it comes to measuring just one cup, you can expect to use 19 tablespoons, 8 fluid ounces, or 226.8 grams. If you are measuring liquids for volume, we are going to leave some useful information below to help you out along the way and give you the perfect results that you are looking for.

Conversions for butter and/or shortening:

  • In ⅓ of a cup, there are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon. There are also 2 and ⅓ fluid ounces, and 75.7 grams.
  • In ½ a cup, there are 8 tablespoons. There are also 4 fluid ounces and 113.4 grams.
  • In ⅔ of a cup, there are 10 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons. There are also 4 and ⅔ fluid ounces, and 151.4 grams.

How to Make It Simpler

There are actually lots of tools that you can use to help to simplify these calculations. Butter is one of the best examples of this. If you need a stick of butter, you are looking at 8 ounces or half a cup. However, if you need to be more specific than this, the majority of butter sticks will have measurement markings on the wac paper coatings.

How Many Tablespoons are in a Stick of Butter?

A stick of butter is referring to 1 tbsp of butter, and many solid forms of shortening will actually be available in sticks with measurements on the packaging. These measurements can be followed to cut off the perfect amount for your recipe.

How to Measure Solids

If your recipe calls for a product that is solid or dry, then weighing is going to provide you with a much more accurate method of adding product to your mixing bowl. One cup of milk is asking for 8 ounces, yet one cup of wheat flour is asking for 4.5 ounces.

So, the type of product that you are using will influence how much of it you need. Another example of this is sugar, as brown sugar is heavier than white sugar, yet powdered sugar weighs even less than this

When it comes to measuring solids, you will need a scale that can be set to zero in order to successfully measure their weight. There are a variety of kitchen scales that you can get your hands on, and they can also come in different colors to match the aesthetic of your kitchen. The scale can be set to zero when you turn it on.

If you are required to measure out 2 cups of flour, this is going to be 9 ounces, so you can set your scale to zero and proceed to measure 9 ounces of flour into a container. You will be able to ensure that you get the correct measurements when weighing. Weighing scales can also measure in both grams and ounces, and you can select the type you need on the display.

Simple Baking Conversions

If you are someone that measures their dry baking products by their volume, and you don’t want to change how you are doing things, then we will leave the right conversions for you to use below.

Product

Ounces

Grams

Cups

Whole Wheat Flour

4.5 ounces

127.58 grams

1

Cake or Pastry Flour

4 ounces

113.4 grams

1

White Sugar

7 ounces

198.45 grams

1

Brown Sugar

7.5 ounces

212.625 grams

1

Nuts

4 ounces

113.4 grams

1

Should I Sift My Flour?

Something that many people are wondering is whether or not they should sift their flour, and how will this affect their measurements? Older recipes used to call for sifted flour in order to remove any bits of grains or pests from the flour.

Today, the majority of flour is known to be both grain and pest free, so is sifting still required? Yes, it is, but you should weigh your flour before you sift it to ensure that your recipe doesn’t become a disaster.

Summary

Weighing and measuring dry and wet ingredients will vary more than you may have thought, and you will need to take care to ensure that you are using the correct measurements to create the perfect recipe. Both cooking and baking are great fun, but they do require some precise measurements in order to get the best results.

The tablespoon (or tsp) is a common measure when baking. It's just as common as the ounce, fluid ounce, gram, quarter cup, metric cup (any cup measurement including the imperial cup) and milliliter. It pays to know tablespoon measurement conversion.

Cassie Marshall
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