Convert Cups of Sugar 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

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How to Convert Cups of Sugar to Tablespoons

To convert a measurement in cups to a measurement in tablespoons, multiply the sugar by the following conversion ratio: 16 tablespoons/cup.

Since one cup of sugar is equal to 16 tablespoons, you can use this simple formula to convert:

tablespoons = cups × 16

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

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

How Many Tablespoons Are in a Cup of Sugar?

There are 16 tablespoons in a cup of sugar, which is why we use this value in the formula above.

1 c = 16 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.

What is a Cup?

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 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 Tablespoon?

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 volume. 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.

Learn more about tablespoons.

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