Cups to Pounds Conversion

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1 c = 0.440925 lb

How to Convert Cups of Sugar to Pounds

To convert a cup measurement to a pound measurement, multiply the sugar by the conversion ratio. One cup of sugar is equal to 0.440925 pounds, so use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = cups × 0.440925

The sugar in pounds is equal to the cups multiplied by 0.440925.

For example, here's how to convert 5 cups to pounds using the formula above.
5 c = (5 × 0.440925) = 2.204623 lb

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

Pound measurements and equivalent cups measurements for various types of sugar.
Pounds Cups (Granulated) Cups (Brown) Cups (Powdered) Cups (Raw)
0.25 lb 1/2 c 1/2 c 3/4 c 1/2 c
0.5 lb 1 1/8 c 1 1/8 c 1 3/4 c 3/4 c
0.75 lb 1 2/3 c 1 2/3 c 2 3/4 c 1 1/3 c
1 lb 2 1/4 c 2 1/4 c 3 2/3 c 1 3/4 c
1.25 lb 2 3/4 c 2 3/4 c 4 1/2 c 2 1/4 c
1.5 lb 3 1/3 c 3 1/3 c 5 1/2 c 2 3/4 c
1.75 lb 3 3/4 c 3 3/4 c 6 1/3 c 3 1/8 c
2 lb 4 1/2 c 4 1/2 c 7 1/4 c 3 2/3 c
2.25 lb 5 1/8 c 5 1/8 c 8 1/8 c 4 1/8 c
2.5 lb 5 2/3 c 5 2/3 c 9 1/8 c 4 1/2 c
2.75 lb 6 1/4 c 6 1/4 c 9 3/4 c 4 3/4 c
3 lb 6 3/4 c 6 3/4 c 10 3/4 c 5 1/2 c
3.25 lb 7 1/3 c 7 1/3 c 11 3/4 c 5 3/4 c
3.5 lb 7 3/4 c 7 3/4 c 12 2/3 c 6 1/3 c
3.75 lb 8 1/2 c 8 1/2 c 13 2/3 c 6 3/4 c
4 lb 9 1/8 c 9 1/8 c 14 1/2 c 7 1/4 c
4.25 lb 9 2/3 c 9 2/3 c 15 1/2 c 7 3/4 c
4.5 lb 10 1/4 c 10 1/4 c 16 1/3 c 8 1/8 c
4.75 lb 10 3/4 c 10 3/4 c 17 1/4 c 8 2/3 c
5 lb 11 1/3 c 11 1/3 c 18 1/8 c 9 1/8 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 pounds 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.

Pounds

A pound is a commonly used unit to measure sugar weight. A pound of sugar is equal to 16 ounces, and there are 0.453592 kilograms in one pound.

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of sugar. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb, for example 1 pound can be written as 1 lb.

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