How to Measure Sugar Without Scales

By Catherine Lovering

Just a slight change in portions can ultimately affect the taste and texture of a recipe, so precise measurements are often necessary. Since some recipes list ingredients by weight, it may be difficult to cook or bake with sugar without a scale. An easy alternative is to measure sugar by volume. The conversion from weight to volume depends on the kind of sugar you're using.

How to Measure Sugar Without Scales
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How to Measure Sugar Without Scales

Step 1

Read the recipe for the kind of sugar needed. Notice whether your recipe is written using imperial units (ounces) or metric weights (grams).

Step 2

Use the weight equivalent of one cup of sugar to calculate the amount you'll need:

  • 1 cup of brown or white sugar is approximately 7 ounces or 200 grams.
  • 1 cup of icing sugar is approximately 4.5 ounces or 125 grams.
  • 1 cup of superfine sugar is approximately 6.5 ounces or 190 grams.

For example, if the recipe calls for 400 grams of white sugar, you'll need 2 cups. If the recipe calls for 250 grams of icing sugar, you'll need 2 cups.

Step 3

Fill the measuring cup with the volume of sugar required, and complete the recipe as usual.