How Many Tablespoons Are In a Cup?

Madelyn wishes to bake a cake, but she is unaware know how many tablespoons are there in a cup? That is a question to ponder upon, don’t you think? For ages, a cup has been used as a standard unit of measurement. Still, in countries like US and Canada, cups are used in recipes as a source of measurement. You may Google a recipe and there is a chance you may find a reference of it. Moreover, if you do, do not be surprised. Modern recipes may have references like, 1/16 cup of any liquid say milk, then you might wonder how much of a tablespoon would it make. It’s not difficult math, but it is important if you have prior background knowledge before you start preparing meals with such tricky references.

Both tablespoon and cups are volume units widely used in the measurement system. Its reference as discussed above is mainly made in recipes. Now let us try to understand the whole concept of how many tablespoons are there in a cup. Here, assume you are using US tablespoons and cups. Let us try to understand a tablespoon first in terms of teaspoons first and then tablespoon into cups. One tablespoon is equal to three teaspoons. Now, one tablespoon will fill 1/6th of the cup. Two tablespoons will make 1/8 cup. Adding two teaspoons and two tablespoon would fill 1/6th portion of the cup. Four tablespoon will make 1/4 cup and one teaspoon and five tablespoon makes a 1/3 cup. Now, to fill 3/8 portion of a cup, you will need six tablespoon, while eight tablespoons will fill 1/2 of the cup. Half of the cup is filled, adding ten tablespoons plus two teaspoons will fill 2/3 cup of the cup and twelve tablespoons will make it 3/4 cup. Finally, the cup will be filled entirely on adding sixteen tablespoons to a cup.


Here is a chart to understand it clearly:


1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoon.

1/16 cup = 1 tbsp

1/8 cup = 2 tbsp

1/4 cup = 4 tbsp

1/2 cup = 8 tbsp

2/3 cup = 10.6 tbsp

3/4 cup = 12 tbsp

1 cup = 16 tbsp


However, this measurement is largely based on the size of the cup and tablespoon of US. It’s important to know that their sizes differ depending on which part of the world you live in. like, in UK or Canada or even India, the size of the cup and tablespoon will differ from one another. Depending on which country your recipe belongs to and which tablespoon you have in your kitchen, you can decide the basis of conversion of cups to tablespoons and vice versa. Like, in US we have mainly two major sizes of cups, legal cup and customary cup. While the latter was used in traditional cooking recipes, the former was used in nutrition labeling. In countries like UK, New Zealand and South Africa the size of the cup is the metric cup.

Never make a mistake of mismatching the size of cup and tablespoon of one country with the other in making recipes. This will ruin your whole recipe. If you are making an American dish, it is advisable to use the American size of the cup and tablespoon based on that region one would find references of tablespoons and cup only in the old recipes cookbook. It is rarely found in today’s time. Even if you do find it today in some recipes, do not consider it relevant as it has a history of being used as a standard unit for measurement especially in the field of cooking.

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