Cups to Kilograms Conversion

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How to Convert Cups of Sugar to Kilograms

To convert a cup measurement to a kilogram measurement, divide the sugar by the conversion ratio. One kilogram of sugar is equal to 5 cups, so use this simple formula to convert:

kilograms = cups ÷ 5

The sugar in kilograms is equal to the cups divided by 5.

For example, here's how to convert 5 cups to kilograms using the formula above.
5 c = (5 ÷ 5) = 1 kg

While experts usually suggest measuring dry ingredients by weight since it's more accurate,[1] some recipes call for ingredients by volume and many of us don't have a scale when we need one. Because the density of different types of sugar vary, it may not be obvious how to convert between a weight and volume measurements.

This table shows the approximate volume measurement for various weights of sugar, by type to help with the conversion.

Sugar Weight to Volume Conversion Table

Kilogram measurements and equivalent cups measurements for various types of sugar.
Kilograms Cups (Granulated) Cups (Brown) Cups (Powdered) Cups (Raw)
0.25 kg 1 1/4 c 1 1/4 c 2 c 1 c
0.5 kg 2 1/2 c 2 1/2 c 4 c 2 c
0.75 kg 3 3/4 c 3 3/4 c 6 c 3 c
1 kg 5 c 5 c 8 c 4 c
1.25 kg 6 1/4 c 6 1/4 c 10 c 5 c
1.5 kg 7 1/2 c 7 1/2 c 12 c 6 c
1.75 kg 8 3/4 c 8 3/4 c 14 c 7 c
2 kg 10 c 10 c 16 c 8 c
2.25 kg 11 1/4 c 11 1/4 c 18 c 9 c
2.5 kg 12 1/2 c 12 1/2 c 20 c 10 c
2.75 kg 13 3/4 c 13 3/4 c 22 c 11 c
3 kg 15 c 15 c 24 c 12 c
3.25 kg 16 1/4 c 16 1/4 c 26 c 13 c
3.5 kg 17 1/2 c 17 1/2 c 28 c 14 c
3.75 kg 18 3/4 c 18 3/4 c 30 c 15 c
4 kg 20 c 20 c 32 c 16 c
4.25 kg 21 1/4 c 21 1/4 c 34 c 17 c
4.5 kg 22 1/2 c 22 1/2 c 36 c 18 c
4.75 kg 23 3/4 c 23 3/4 c 38 c 19 c
5 kg 25 c 25 c 40 c 20 c

Should I Measure Sugar by Weight or Volume?

Many experts are adamant that dry ingredients like sugar should be measured by weight instead of volume, especially when used for baking.

The reason is that the density of different sugars vary slightly, so volume measurements will likely yield an incorrect amount of ingredient. Additionally, when using a cup or tablespoon, the amount that the sugar is compressed and above or under the measurement line will alter the actual amount.

This is why most experts suggest using a food scale to measure sugar when cooking, rather than a cup, tablespoon, or other volume measuring devices.

Cups and kilograms are both units used to measure sugar. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Cups

The cup is a commonly used unit to measure sugar volume. One cup of sugar is equal to 16 tablespoons.

The cup is a US customary unit of sugar. Cups can be abbreviated as c, and are also sometimes abbreviated as C. For example, 1 cup can be written as 1 c or 1 C.

Kilograms

One kilogram of sugar is equal to 1,000 grams, and there are 2.20462 pounds in one kilogram. A kilogram is a measure of sugar weight.

The kilogram, or kilogramme, is the SI base unit for sugar, and is also a multiple of the gram. In the metric system, "kilo" is the prefix for 103. Kilograms can be abbreviated as kg, for example 1 kilogram can be written as 1 kg.

References

  1. Nila Jones, The Best and Most Accurate Way to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients for Baking, Serious Eats, https://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/how-to-measure-wet-dry-ingredients-for-baking-accurately-best-method.html