Cups to Tablespoons Converter

Easily convert cups to tbsp with support for US and Imperial cups, and US and Imperial tablespoons. Calculate how much is X cups in tablespoons regardless of the type of recipe ingredient (water, flour, butter, sugar, salt, etc.).

   
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  1. Cups and tablespoons in recipes
  2. How many tablespoons are in a cup?
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    Cups and tablespoons in recipes

The cup is a defined measurement unit of volume with several possible definitions. The most commonly used definition is that of the US legal cup which is defined as containing 240 ml of volume. Pre-1970 recipes might contain measurements in Imperial cups which are slightly larger at 284 ml which is also supported in our converter.

Tablespoons also have at least two conventional definitions: the US tablespoon and the Imperial tablespoon. One (US) tablespoon is defined as containing exactly 15 milliliters, while an Imperial tablespoon is larger at 18 ml.

It is easy to convert between cups and tablespoons since both are units of volume. One can go through the milliliter definition (convert to milliliters and then back), or use the information in the section below to perform the conversion. Our cups to tbsp converter should be the choice when speed and convenience matter.

    How many tablespoons are in a cup?

There are 16.231 tablespoons in a cup, if we are talking US cups and US tablespoons. In the Imperial variants of both units there are exactly 16 Imperial tablespoons in an Imperial cup. These numbers can be derived with basic math from the definitions of these units in milliliters, which is the official definition as per international treaties in the area of measurements.

    Converting between cups and tbsp

The conversion from cups to tablespoons is straightforward as both measure volume.

Two cups of water to tablespoons

Sample task: convert two cups of water to tablespoons, adhering to the US definitions of both units. Solution:

Formula:
US cups * 16.231 = tbsp
Calculation:
2 US cups * 16.2310 = 32.4620 tbsp
End result:
2 US cups is equal to 32.4620 tbsp

Half a cup of flour to tablespoons

Sample task: convert half a cup of flour to tablespoons, using the UK / Imperial definitions. Solution:

Formula:
Imperial cup * 16 = tbsp
Calculation:
0.5 Imperial cup * 16 = 8 tbsp
End result:
0.5 Imperial cup is equal to 8 tbsp

There is no need to take into account the particular ingredient or to know its density. A cup of water is equal to a cup of sugar is equal to a cup of butter, salt, rice, or anything else.


    Cups to tablespoons conversion tables

For your convenience, we present conversion charts for various amounts in cups and their equivalents in tbsp.

Cups to tablespoons (US) table

Often used quantities in US cups and their corresponding values in US tablespoons.

Cups to tbsp conversion table (US)
Cups (US) Tbsp (US)
¼ cup 4 tbsp
⅓ cup 5.4 tbsp
½ cup 8.1 tbsp
1 cup 16.2 tbsp
2 cups 32.5 tbsp

Imperial Cups to Imperial tablespoons table

A kitchen conversion table with the UK variants of these volume measurement units is shown below.

Cups to tbsp conversion table (Imperial units)
Cups (Imperial) Tbsp (Imperial)
¼ cup 4 tbsp
⅓ cup 5.3 tbsp
½ cup 8 tbsp
1 cup 16 tbsp
2 cups 32 tbsp

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