Convert Grams to Cups

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

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1 g = 0.005 c
1 g ≈ 1/8 c

How to Convert Grams of Sugar to Cups

To convert a gram measurement to a cup measurement, divide the sugar by the conversion ratio. One cup of sugar is equal to 200 grams, so use this simple formula to convert:

cups = grams ÷ 200

The sugar in cups is equal to the grams divided by 200.

For example, here's how to convert 500 grams to cups using the formula above.
500 g = (500 ÷ 200) = 2.5 c

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

Gram measurements and equivalent cups measurements for various types of sugar.
Grams Cups (Granulated) Cups (Brown) Cups (Powdered) Cups (Raw)
5 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c
10 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c
15 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c
20 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/8 c
25 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/4 c 1/8 c
30 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/4 c 1/8 c
35 g 1/8 c 1/8 c 1/4 c 1/8 c
40 g 1/4 c 1/4 c 1/3 c 1/8 c
45 g 1/4 c 1/4 c 1/3 c 1/8 c
50 g 1/4 c 1/4 c 1/3 c 1/4 c
55 g 1/4 c 1/4 c 1/2 c 1/4 c
60 g 1/3 c 1/3 c 1/2 c 1/4 c
65 g 1/3 c 1/3 c 1/2 c 1/4 c
70 g 1/3 c 1/3 c 1/2 c 1/4 c
75 g 1/3 c 1/3 c 2/3 c 1/3 c
80 g 1/3 c 1/3 c 2/3 c 1/3 c
85 g 1/2 c 1/2 c 2/3 c 1/3 c
90 g 1/2 c 1/2 c 3/4 c 1/3 c
95 g 1/2 c 1/2 c 3/4 c 1/3 c
100 g 1/2 c 1/2 c 3/4 c 1/3 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.

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

Grams

One gram is 1/1000 of a kilogram. One gram of sugar is equal to roughly 0.035274 ounces or 0.00220462 pounds. A gram is a measure of sugar weight.

The gram, or gramme, is an SI unit of sugar in the metric system. Grams can be abbreviated as g, for example 1 gram can be written as 1 g.

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.

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