How to Convert Cups to Metric Units

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How to Convert Cups to Metric Units
For liquid ingredients, there are straightforward conversions from cups to metric units (measuring cup image by Antonio Oquias from

You found a recipe in a cookbook or online for a delicious appetizer, entrée or dessert and you're excited to cook it or bake it. Unfortunately, you begin preparing your kitchen and discover that your measuring cups only have metric units. Luckily, there are simple conversions between the cups required by the recipe and the millilitres on your measuring cups. For all liquid ingredients, the conversion is the same. For solid ingredients, the conversion depends on the ingredient.

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    Convert from cups to millilitres for liquid ingredients according to the ratio that one cup equals 240 millilitres. Smaller examples include: a half-cup equals 120 millilitres, a third-cup equals 80 millilitres and a quarter-cup equals 60 millilitres.

  2. 2

    Convert one cup of a common solid ingredient according to the following ratios. One cup of flour equals 150 grams. One cup of white sugar equals 225 grams. One cup of brown sugar is equivalent to 175 grams.

  3. 3

    Convert one cup of more common solid ingredients according to the following ratios. One cup of butter weights 225 grams. One cup of raisins is 200 grams. One cup of golden syrup is equivalent to 350 grams. Lastly, one cup of uncooked rice is 200 grams.

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