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Making Your Cake

This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of baking, from converting standardised US baking cups to traditional UK weights and volumes, to altering ingredient measurements and quantities in recipes to fit different sized baking tins!

Recipes from the USA often display baking measurements in 'Cups' – but how do they convert to the imperial and metric measurements more commonly used in the UK? Precise measurements are so important in baking, so we've created several baking conversion charts to help you out.

Volume of Liquid Ingredients: US Cups - Metric - Imperial

US Cups Millilitres Fluid Ounces
1 Cup 240ml 8.1 fl. oz.
¾ Cup 180ml 6 fl. oz.
2/3 Cup 160ml 5.4 fl. oz.
½ Cup 120ml 4 fl. oz.
1/3 Cup 80ml 2.7 fl. oz.
¼ Cup 60ml 2 fl. oz.
1/8 Cup 30ml 1 fl. oz.

Liquid/Dry Ingredients: US Cups - Tablespoons

US Cups Tablespoons
1 Cup 16 tbsp
¾ Cup 12 tbsp
2/3 Cup 10 tbsp
½ Cup 8 tbsp
1/3 Cup 5 tbsp
¼ Cup 4 tbsp
1/8 Cup 2 tbsp
1/16 Cup 1 tbsp

Weights of Common Ingredients: US Cups - Metric - Imperial

Plain Flour, Icing Sugar and Cocoa Powder

US Cups Grams Ounces
1 Cup 125g 4.5oz.
¾ Cup 95g 3.25oz.
2/3 Cup 85g 3oz.
½ Cup 65g 2.25oz.
1/3 Cup 40g 1.5oz.
¼ Cup 30g 1oz.
1/8 Cup 15g 0.5oz.

Granulated Sugar and Caster Sugar

US Cups Grams Ounces
1 Cup 200g 7oz.
¾ Cup 150g 5.25oz.
2/3 Cup 135g 4.75oz.
½ Cup 100g 3.5oz.
1/3 Cup 70g 2.25oz.
¼ Cup 50g 1.75oz.
1/8 Cup 25g 1oz.

Brown Sugar

US Cups Grams Ounces
1 Cup 220g 7.75oz.
¾ Cup 170g 6oz.
2/3 Cup 150g 5oz.
½ Cup 110g 4oz.
1/3 Cup 75g 2.5oz.
¼ Cup 55g 2oz.
1/8 Cup 25g 1oz.

Butter and Margarine

US Cups Grams Ounces
1 Cup 225g 8oz.
¾ Cup 180g 6.25oz.
2/3 Cup 150g 5.25oz.
1 Stick 113g 4oz.
½ Cup 110g 3.9oz.
1/3 Cup 75g 3oz.
¼ Cup 60g 2oz.
1/8 Cup 25g 1oz.

Oven Temperature: Fahrenheit - Celsius - Gas Mark

Fahrenheit Celsius Gas Mark
250°F 120°C ½
275°F 135°C 1
300°F 150°C 2
325°F 165°C 3
350°F 175°C 4
375°F 190°C 5
400°F 205°C 6
425°F 220°C 7
450°F 235°C 8
475°F 245°C 9
500°F 260°C 10