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Pounds to Cups Converter

Created by Hanna Pamuła, PhD
Reviewed by Bogna Szyk and Jack Bowater
Last updated: Dec 08, 2023


You've found pounds (lbs) of flour in a recipe, but you're unfamiliar with these units. This pounds to cups converter is the solution to your problem. Not only can you convert flour pounds (lbs) to cups, but also cups of sugar to pounds. Wondering how many cups are in a pound of butter? Or how many sticks of butter are in a pound? Easy-peasy! Scroll down, and you'll find a simple explanation, a conversion table, and a small buttery infographic. If you want 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 converter! However, you need to remember that the densities of products vary among brands, so the one you have may differ a bit. We've chosen the average 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 converter is a safe bet.

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

1 pound of flour in 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 a pounds (lbs) to cups 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 lbs to cups converter!

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 conversion 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 cups of butter = 4 sticks;
  • 1.5 pounds of butter = 3 cups of butter = 6 sticks; and
  • 2 pounds of butter = 4 cups 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 ensure you are using the correct measurements.

You might also want to give the pint to pound conveter a try, as it has a conversion for many routine items.

Hanna Pamuła, PhD
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