# Convert Pounds of Sugar to Cups

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

## Result in Cups:

1 lb ≈ 2 1/4 c

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## How to Convert Pounds of Sugar to Cups

To convert a measurement in pounds to a measurement in cups, multiply the sugar by the following conversion ratio: 2.267962 cups/pound.

Since one pound of sugar is equal to 2.267962 cups, you can use this simple formula to convert:

cups = pounds × 2.267962

The sugar in cups is equal to the sugar in pounds multiplied by 2.267962.

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

### How Many Cups Are in a Pound of Sugar?

There are **2.267962** cups in a pound of sugar, which is why we use this value in the formula above.

1 lb = 2.267962 c

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 | 3/4 c | 1/2 c |

0.5 lb | 1 1/8 c | 1 1/8 c | 1 3/4 c | 3/4 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 3/4 c |

1.25 lb | 2 3/4 c | 2 3/4 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 | 3 3/4 c | 3 3/4 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 | 9 3/4 c | 4 3/4 c |

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

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

3.5 lb | 7 3/4 c | 7 3/4 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.

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

## 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.

## 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.

## 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