Baking Conversions

baking conversions

I spend a lot of time reading beautiful, inspiring baking blogs, most of which are by American bloggers.

So I know how frustrating it can be when you want to run into the kitchen to make a recipe and are faced with a list of measurements and temperatures you don’t understand!

Being from Australia, I use grams and cups when baking. As many readers may use different measurements or not understand grams, I thought I’d set out a list of baking conversions to help you (and to help myself, too).

However, I highly recommend buying a kitchen scale. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but as long as it alternated between grams, ounces, milliliters and fluid ounces, it will make converting things fantastically easy.

My abbreviations and British English.

Teaspoon = tsp
Tablespoon = tbsp
Grams = g
Kilograms = kg
Milliliters = ml

Plain flour = all purpose flour
Wholemeal flour = whole wheat flour
White sugar = granulated sugar
Caster sugar = superfine sugar
Icing sugar = powdered sugar

Cups, tablespoons and teaspoons.

1/2 tbsp = 1 1/2 tsp
1 tbsp = 3 tsp
1/4 cup = 4 tbsp
1/3 cup = 5 tbsp + 1 tsp
1/2 cup = 8 tbsp
2/3 cup = 10 tbsp + 2 tsp
3/4 cup = 12 tbsp
1 cup = 16 tbsp

Grams and ounces – general conversions.

1 ounce = 28 grams
1 pound = 16 ounces = 453 grams

20 g = 3/4 oz
60 g = 2 oz
100 g = 3.5 oz
125 g = 4.5 oz
180 g = 6.5 oz
250 g = 9 oz
500 g = 1/2 kilogram = 18 oz
1 kg = 2 pounds = 32 oz

Milliliters, fluid ounces and cupsgeneral conversions.

2 tbsp = 29.57 ml = 1 fl oz
1/4 cup = 60 ml  = 2 fl oz
1/3 cup = 80 ml = 2 2/3 fl oz
1/2 cup = 125 ml = 4 fl oz
2/3 cup = 160 ml = 5 1/3 fl oz
3/4 cup = 180 ml = 6 fl oz
1 cup = 250 ml = 8 1/3 fl oz
2 cups = 500 ml = 16 fl oz (1 American pint)
2 1/2 cups = 625 ml = 20 fl oz (1 Imperial pint)
4 cups = 1000 ml = 1 litre = 32 fl oz

Celsius and Fahrenheit.

100 Celsius (C) = 212 Fahrenheit (F)
120 C = 250 F
140 C = 275 F
150 C = 300 F
160 C = 320 F
170 C = 325 F
180 C = 350 F
190 C = 375 F
200 C = 400 F
210 C = 410 F
220 C = 425 F
250 C = 480 F


1 tablespoon = 14 grams =  1/2 ounce
100 grams = 7 tablespoons = 3 1/2 ounces
1/2 cup = 113 grams = 1 US stick = 4 ounces
1 cup = 227 grams = 2 US sticks = 8 ounces
250g = 1 AUS stick

Plain flour:
1 AUS cup = 150 grams = 5 ounces
1 US cup = 125 grams = 4 1/2 ounces

Brown sugar (loosely packed):
1 cup = 175 grams = 6.25 ounces

Brown sugar (tightly packed):
1 cup = 220 grams = 8 ounces

White sugar:
1 cup = 220 grams = 8 ounces

Caster sugar:
1 cup = 220 grams = 8 ounces

Icing sugar:
1 cup = 120 grams = 4 1/4 ounces

Chocolate chips:
1 cup = 190 grams = 6 3/4 ounces

Honey and other syrups:
1 tbsp = 21 grams = 3/4 ounce
1/4 cup = 85 grams = 3 ounces
1 cup = 340 grams = 12 ounces

Leave me a comment:

  1. Only in you conversion for flour do I see AUS vs. US cup sizes. I think this means that they are not the same. I suspect that the tablespoons are also not the same size then. Is that so? Al of the cup to tablespoon equivalents are the same, but if the size of the cup is different, then aren’t we in the US making a proportionately smaller cake with possible inaccurate results?
    Incidentally, the yogurt pear cake is delicious. My granddaughter made it with apples.

    • The size of the cup, or the tablespoon, isn’t different. They are exactly the same.
      I believe that American all purpose flour simply weighs less than Australian plain flour, as in, its lighter, even though there’s the same amount.
      The same way that 1 cup of powdered sugar weighs less then 1 cup of granulated or brown sugar.
      So 1 scooped and leveled cup of flour = 125g of American all purpose and 150g of Australian plain flour. So when you follow a recipe, all the cup and spoon measurements are the same, but the weight is different ONLY WITH FLOUR! Because for some reason, we have different flours!
      So it is the same amount of flour, but American flour is just lighter. Does that make sense?
      Its when using scales you need to be careful.
      And I’m happy to hear you liked the cake!

      • The American table spoon is different to the Australian one I think? I believe the American Table Spoon is 15ml while the Australain one is 20ml. I have not encountered this difference in size with the cup measurements, but I am interested to try your conversion and see if it makes any difference. I am in Australia, but I have American family so some of my implements were handed down from my Grandma and I noticed the difference and I have noticed that it makes a difference especially in more fiddly stuff like pastry. :) I just made your Chocolate Espresso Nut Tart for my family, and it was amazing! Love your recipes and can’t to try the Mars Bar Choc Chip Cookies :)

    • Hi, the Australian tablespoon is 20ml. The American tablespoon is 15ml. Sometimes when you buy cheap kitchen items they are imported and you will get your conversions wrong. Hope this helps. The teaspoon from my understanding is the same at 5ml, it’s only the tablespoon that’s different.

  2. Thanks for this. Had a recipe in an english cook book wanting me to use tablespoons of butter. The only recipe in the whole book which did so! I guessed it would be about 15g but only using the fact that 1tbsp is 15ml. Not exactly scientific. Anyeay, have now book marked this page so thanks again

      • Ha! Same book, different recipe, similar prob. Recipe calls for 150 mls of soured cream that would be good if the sour cream in NZ wasnt set like a very set french yogurt (seriously, I can stand my spoon up in it). Any ideas how to attach a weight value, I think I might just use 10 tbsp as 1tbsp = 15mls, or else stop using the stupid book…

        • It sounds like you need to buy a scale! They make the world of difference. If you can’t mix it up and get it into a liquid measuring cup then your tablespoon idea sounds like a good one! Good luck :-)

  3. Thank you! I HATE deciphering online recipes and trying to guess….just came a Ross something that said Australians love to use ‘cups’ as measurements….that may be so generally, but definitely not with me…loathe using cups to measure some things, especially something like butter, I mean seriously! Sorry, on a rant tonight ;) thanks again, so very helpful!!

    • Hi Fiona! You’re welcome! I’m really glad this could help you :-)
      Haha and I’m totally with you…how on earth are you supposed to measure cold butter in a cup anyway?!
      Hope whatever you were baking came up beautifully :-)

    • Hi Lucy – I haven’t used gluten free flour in too many things – I know you can sub them in when the recipe only calls for a small amount of flour (such as for brownies, or friands, maybe even cookies) but I’m not sure it will work for cakes – you may need to add xantham gum :-)

  4. THANKYOU! My mum and I love to cook, but all the past recipes’ found on the internet are all American. It took such a long time to have to look up Australian names and measurements for everything. Now we can just visit this page! Can’t wait to try more and more of your recipe’s in my free time! :)

    • Thanks so much Ellen! Happy it has helped you! I started it for myself really, so I could find everything on one page – but I see so many other people have the same issues! Happy baking :-)

  5. I wish i would have seen this earlier. lol. I tried the choc chip cookie recipe and thought that 180 was a low temp, but tried it anyway. After ten minutes the cookies were still doughy, and I amped it up to 350. Didn’t seem to do any harm to the cookies, which are fantastic. I’m in the US, and I didn’t pay attention to the fact that it said Celsius. Lesson learned. Second batch I made correctly, didn’t seem to make any big difference with my temperature mix up.

  6. Hi, I find all these different measurements on the net very confusing there seems to be no consistency. So if I am using an American recipe that requires 260gr of flour and 227gr of butter and the ingredients are given both in grams and cups, and I am also from Australia do I use the amounts given in the recipe or do I need to alter them?

  7. Thank You Natasha, so even though one cup American equals 125gr and one cup Australian equals 150gr am i then using too much flour? so if the recipe is given only in cups do i need to reduce the flour or just use the full cup ven though it weighs 150gr?


  8. I looked this up to convert 6TB of butter which is according to you 15gm per TB, so that would equal 90gm, interesting though that you’ve got a conversion for 7TB to weigh 100gm.

  9. I’m from Argentina and we only use grams and milliliters, this is really helpful now I can try any recipe from any page, i’m really happyyyy! thank you!!! :)

  10. Oh, this is so good to find – in Germany, we use grams for everything solid and milliliters for everything fluid, PERIOD. No need for equipment beyond a kitchen scale and a simple measuring cup, lol.

  11. As an expat (US to Scotland) this has been a kitchen saver. Thank you for taking the time to post. My Buttermilk Biscuits were the hit of breakfast this morning as I was accurately converting my amounts. Yea!!!!!

  12. Hi Natasha, I’m confused…I have an American cupcake recipe which I have converted completely to Aust cups/grams/tsp in the past but cant get a good result. Would converting based on US weights yield a different result? as I’ve noticed their cup to gram conversions are usually 5 -10g different to ours. Thanks

    • Hi Mandy! Not sure why your recipe isn’t working. Keep in mind that an american tbsp is 15g (and aust 20g) and a cup of flour US is 120g (not 150 aust). Good luck!

  13. Thanks soooo much! Recreating the Classic Chocolate Chip cookies recipe frm Cake Central Magazine(November 2014) & your Baking post is a God sent. So Grateful. Hv an Amazing 2015. Cheers from Africa

  14. Excellent! I especially appreciate the sugar conversions since lately I’ve been using British and translated German recipes as well as my standard US ones.

  15. Thanks so much. I got some cookies from the US in France, but unable to understand what tbsp was…
    Nice page,

  16. Thank you, that’s exactly what I was looking for! Do you know by any chance what’s the difference in normal table spoon and a baking table spoon ( the one you use to measure oil/water etc. when baking). :)

    • Hi! A baking tablespoon has a volume of 15ml, whereas a normal tablespoon you eat with can have any volume, depending on it’s style, shape, size, or how much it gets filled with.