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

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

Pound measurements and equivalent cups measurements for various types of sugar. 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 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.

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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.

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

## Pounds

A pound is a commonly used unit to measure sugar weight. A pound of sugar is equal to 16 ounces, and there are 0.453592 kilograms in one pound.

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The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of sugar. Pounds can be abbreviated as *lb*; for example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb.

## 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

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