My Art of Cooking

Tried and Tested

Useful Information

Cups around the world

The Right Cup

  • The standard cup used in Australian and NZ Cooking is 250ml,
  • The U.S. cup is 240 ml, close enough to do a cup to cup conversion except in critical baking recipes.
  • The U.K cup is 225ml, enough of a difference to do conversion calculations in any baking recipe.

 

The standard metric cup. Australian and NZ cooking cup measurements are rounded out in the following way.

Metric Cups and Spoons
Cups Millilitres

  • 1 cup 250ml
  • 3/4 cup 190 ml
  • 2/3 cup 170 ml
  • 1/2 cup 125ml
  • 1/3 cup 80ml
  • 1/4 cup 60ml
  • 1 tablespoon 20ml
  • 1 teaspoon 5ml
  • Dessertspoon
  • 1 dessertspoon = 2 teaspoons

When measuring other ingredients, the weight amount will be affected by the density of the ingredients – for example 1 cup of flour will weigh a lot more than 1 cup of Rice Bubbles.

Common Ingredient 1 Cup Conversions
Ingredient Weight

  • Plain or SR Flour 125gm
  • White Sugar, Caster Sugar 220g
  • Brown Sugar, lightly packed 155g
  • Icing Sugar 155g
  • Honey 350g
  • Golden Syrup 350g
  • Desiccated Coconut 90g
  • Rolled Oats 90g
  • Sultanas 160g
  • Slivered Almonds 125g
  • Walnuts 125g
  • Dates (chopped) 155g
  • Cornflakes 30g
  • Rice Bubbles 20g
  • Breadcrumbs (dry) 125g
  • Breadcrumbs (soft) 60g
  • Grated Cheese (cheddar, tasty, Parmesan) 125g
  • Rice 155g
  • Lentils 185g
  • Couscous 190g

Butter and Margarine Conversions

Cup Weight

  • 1 cup butter or margarine 250g
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine 185g
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine 125g
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine 80g
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine 60g
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 60g
  • I tablespoon butter or margarine 20g
  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine 5g

 

Butter Conversion Chart

 

These are the measurement amounts of how many teaspoons and tablespoons are in larger measuring cup amounts. This is also helpful for multiplying a recipe. For example, if you’re doubling 2 tablespoons of an ingredient, it’s easier to measure out 1/4 cup instead of 4 tablespoons. Turn to these measurement amounts no matter what kind of conversions you’re doing.

1 cup = 16 tablespoons Half of 1 cup = 8 tablespoons
3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons Half of 3/4 cup = 6 tablespoons
1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons Half of 1/2 cup = 4 tablespoons
1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons+1tsp Half of 1/3 cup = 2 tbsp + 2 tsp
1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons Half of 1/4 cup = 2 tablespoons
1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons Half of 1/8 cup = 1 tablespoon
1/2 tablespoon = 1-1/2 teaspoons

 

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