Measuring with precision makes your baked goods come out perfectly every time. Learn how many grams are in a cup for the most common ingredients.
Wondering how many grams are in a cup? The answer will depend on what you’re measuring.
If you’ve ever made a baking recipe that didn’t work out, you were probably only using cups to measure the ingredients.
It’s not a big deal when you’re measuring vegetables, but it can be quite inaccurate if you’re baking, where precise amounts of each ingredient are essential.
Learning how many grams are in a cup will help you master the art of conversions, whatever the recipe.
How Many Grams In A Cup Of Flour?
All purpose flour is one of the most common ingredients in baking. One cup of all purpose flour = 125 grams.
But things can get tricky, because if you pack the flour into the cup or you scoop the flour, you can end up with 50% more than you need! And then your baked goods will be dry and dense instead of fluffy and moist.
So the best method for measuring flour is to weigh it out on a food scale. But if you don’t have a food scale and only have your measuring cup, then make sure you spoon and level the flour. Spoon it into your measuring cup and then level off the top with a knife. No scooping and no packing it into the cup!
Why Use Grams Instead Of Cups?
In the USA it’s customary for recipes to call for cup measures only. But as discussed above, this can result in inconsistent baking results. So it’s much better to actually measure your dry ingredients in grams, using a food scale.
We ALWAYS list the gram measurement alongside the cup measurement for our baking recipes. For the best accuracy in baking, it’s best to follow these gram measurements.
Another issue is that even when recipes call for cups, it has to be measuring cups. And maybe some inexperienced bakers don’t realize this and think a coffee cup will do! Sadly, it won’t do at all.
What Are Grams?
Grams are a unit of weight used in the metric measurement system, which is used by nearly all the world’s countries. The United States is one of only a few countries that don’t use the metric system. Luckily, it’s becoming common for recipe creators to provide both cup and gram measurements (as we do here at Loving It Vegan).
What About Measuring Liquids?
Grams are usually used to measure dry ingredients because we’re measuring weight, rather than volume. When measuring liquid ingredients we’re measuring volume and not weight. So liquids are usually measured in either cups and fluid ounces (fl.oz.) and gallons (USA) or milliliters (ml) and liters (Metric system).
Frequently Asked Questions
Using all purpose flour as an example, there are 62.5 grams in half a cup. However, this would differ according to the ingredient you were measuring. If you were measuring half a cup of sugar, then half a cup would be 100 grams.
There are 200 grams in a cup of granulated sugar.
Recommended Measuring Equipment
- Oxo Good Grips 4 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Pyrex 3 Piece Measuring Jug Set
- Oxo Good Grips Food Scale
- U-Taste Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons