When you get started baking and check out your recipe only to find it's in measurements you aren't familiar with--a frustrating but solvable dilemma. Butter is one of those ingredients that gets measured in a lot of different ways. Some recipes call for grams and others for tablespoons or cups. It's easy to convert these measurements if you break it down and take it step by step.
Here are some basic conversions: one cup of butter is equivalent to 225 grams, and one cup measures to two sticks of butter.
Divided in half that's 1/2 cup: 113 grams: 1 stick.
Now consider that 1 stick of butter equals eight tablespoons.
Divide the equivalent of 1 stick, 113 grams, by 8 eight tablespoons to determine how many grams is in one tablespoon of butter.
This number comes out to be 14 grams equals 1 tablespoon of butter.
Most wrappers for a stick of butter clearly mark the eight tablespoons in a stick. Use this as your guide to get exactly the number of tablespoons or amount of grams you need.
Keep in mind that this conversion is based on the standard stick of butter in the United States. Butter is sometimes packaged differently in other countries.
Lori Rice is a freelance health and travel writer. As an avid traveler and former expat, she enjoys sharing her experiences and tips with other enthusiastic explorers. Rice received a master's degree in nutritional sciences and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, fitness and health.