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Cooking Measurements: Convert cups to millilitres (ml)


There are places where measuring by cup size is useful: the kitchen isn't one of them. Nor is the kitchen a place for spooning. Here's why, and how to convert.

Measuring baking, etc. ingredients by cup or spoon size works is imprecise.

While we might say cooking is an art, and therefore precision in recipes is relatively important, baking is a science and precision is vital, especially if you want, for example, bread to rise.

Yet so many recipes still measure in cups and spoons when what you really need is millilitres (thousanths of a litre).

Here's our handy conversion table to help you.

Print it out and stick it on the fridge door!

1 cup = 225 ml
2/3 cup = 185 ml
1/2 cup = 120 ml
1/4 cup = 60ml

1 tablespoon (tbs) = 15 ml
1 teaspoon (tsp) = 5 ml
1/2 tsp = 2.5 ml
1/4 tsp = 1.25 ml

Editorial Staff