Pounds to Cups Calculator

Created by Hanna Pamuła, PhD candidate
Reviewed by Bogna Szyk and Jack Bowater
Last updated: Feb 15, 2022

You've found pounds of flour in a recipe, but you're not familiar with these units! This pounds to cups calculator is the solution to your problem. Not only you can convert flour pounds to cups, but also cups of sugar to pounds. Wondering how many cups in a pound of butter? Or how many sticks of butter in a pound? Easy-peasy! Scroll down, and you'll find a simple explanation, conversion table, and even a little buttery infographic. If you're looking to convert from metric units of weight, check out our popular grams to cups calculator.

Pounds to cups - flour

Weight is usually more accurate when it comes to measuring the amount of cooking ingredients you need. If you prefer volume units such as cups, you can use our pounds to cups calculator! However, you need to remember that densities of products vary among brands, so the one you have may differ a bit. We've chosen the averaged value from several sources, so the value should be more or less fine. If your recipe doesn't require high precision, our pounds to cups calculator is a safe bet.

Below, you'll find the conversions not only for two popular flour choices - all-purpose and cake flour - but also for seven other types of flour:

One pound of flour converted to cups:
Flour type US cups UK cups
(wheat) all purpose 3.2 3
(wheat) for baking 4.3 4
buckwheat 2.9 2.7
barley 3.1 3
corn 3.5 3.3
rye 2.9 2.7
soy 2.8 2.7
corn starch 2.9 2.8
potato starch 2.7 2.5

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Pounds to cups, cups to pounds - sugar

We've prepared the conversion table for a quick comparison of different sugar types:

1 pound of sugar in cups
Sugar US cups UK cups
Granulated sugar 2.3 2.1
Powder sugar 3.4 3.2
Brown sugar 2.4 2.3

1 US cup of sugar in pounds
Sugar Pounds lb
Granulated sugar 0.4
Powder sugar 0.3
Brown sugar 0.4

If you want to know another conversion than one sugar cup to pounds, just use our tool!

How many cups in a pound of butter? How many sticks of butter in a pound?

If you're wondering how many sticks of butter in a pound the answer is simple - four. Also, one cup of butter equals two sticks, so one pound of butter is equivalent to two cups:

illustration of conbversion of pound of butter to cups and sticks

Find below other quick conversions for butter measures:

  • 1/4 pound of butter = 0.5 cup of butter = 1 stick
  • 1/2 pound of butter = 1 cup of butter = 2 sticks
  • 3/4 pound of butter = 1.5 cup of butter = 3 sticks
  • 1 pound of butter = 2 cup of butter = 4 sticks
  • 1.5 pounds of butter = 3 cup of butter = 6 sticks
  • 2 pounds of butter = 4 cup of butter = 8 sticks

If you are cooking pasta for dinner tonight, you may want to look at the dry to cooked pasta converter, to make sure you are using the right measurements.

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