# Convert Cups of Sugar to Pounds

Enter the amount of sugar in cups below to get the value converted to pounds.

## Result in Pounds:

Do you want to convert pounds of sugar to cups?

## How to Convert Cups of Sugar to Pounds

To convert a measurement in cups to a measurement in pounds, multiply the sugar by the following conversion ratio: 0.440925 pounds/cup.

Since one cup of sugar is equal to 0.440925 pounds, you can use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = cups × 0.440925

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

**For example,**here's how to convert 5 cups to pounds using the formula above.

### How Many Pounds Are in a Cup of Sugar?

There are **0.440925** pounds in a cup of sugar, which is why we use this value in the formula above.

1 c = 0.440925 lb

Experts often recommend measuring dry ingredients by weight for accuracy,^{[1]} but some recipes use volume, and many home cooks don't own a digital scale.
Converting between weight and volume can be tricky depending on sugar densities such as granulated, brown sugar, or powdered sugar.

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

### Sugar Weight to Volume Conversion Table

Pounds | Cups (Granulated) | Cups (Brown) | Cups (Powdered) | Cups (Raw) |
---|---|---|---|---|

0.25 lb | 1/2 c | 1/2 c | 7/8 c | 1/2 c |

0.5 lb | 1 1/8 c | 1 1/8 c | 1 7/8 c | 7/8 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 7/8 c |

1.25 lb | 2 7/8 c | 2 7/8 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 | 4 c | 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 1/16 c |

2.5 lb | 5 2/3 c | 5 2/3 c | 9 1/16 c | 4 1/2 c |

2.75 lb | 6 1/4 c | 6 1/4 c | 10 c | 5 c |

3 lb | 6 3/4 c | 6 3/4 c | 10 7/8 c | 5 1/2 c |

3.25 lb | 7 1/3 c | 7 1/3 c | 11 3/4 c | 5 7/8 c |

3.5 lb | 8 c | 8 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 1/16 c | 9 1/16 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 1/16 c |

## Should You 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 varies slightly, so volume measurements will likely yield an incorrect amount of ingredients. 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.

Experts recommend having a digital food scale on hand for measuring sugar rather than measuring spoons or cups for the most accurate results.

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

## What Is a Cup?

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

The cup is a US customary unit of volume. 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.

Learn more about cups.

## What Is a Pound?

A pound is a commonly used unit to measure the weight of sugar. 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 weight. Pounds can be abbreviated as *lb*; for example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb.

Learn more about pounds.

## References

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