# Cups to Tablespoons Conversion

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

Results in Tablespoons: 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.