Convert Cups to Tablespoons

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

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1 c = 16 tbsp

How to Convert Cups of Sugar to Tablespoons

To convert a cup measurement to a tablespoon measurement, multiply the sugar by the conversion ratio. One cup of sugar is equal to 16 tablespoons, so use this simple formula to convert:

tablespoons = cups × 16

The sugar in tablespoons is equal to the cups multiplied by 16.

For example, here's how to convert 5 cups to tablespoons using the formula above.
5 c = (5 × 16) = 80 tbsp

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 tablespoons 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.

Tablespoons

A tablespoon of sugar is equal to 3 teaspoons or 1/16 of a cup. A tablespoon is a measure of sugar volume.

The tablespoon is a US customary unit of sugar. Tablespoons can be abbreviated as tbsp, and are also sometimes abbreviated as T, Tbls, or Tb. For example, 1 tablespoon can be written as 1 tbsp, 1 T, 1 Tbls, or 1 Tb.