Frustrated with getting measurements in tablespoons when you only have cups? Or vice versa? If you’re baking, getting exact proportions is crucial to the success of your recipe. But you can convert accurately – you just need to know the answer to the big questions: how many tablespoons in a cup?

Whether you’re using metric or imperial, bookmark this and come back every time you need to convert cups to tablespoons, or the other way around. Eventually you’ll be able to do it from memory!

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How Many Tablespoons Are In A Cup?

Answer: One cup equals 16 tablespoons.

How much is there in a tbsp?

A tablespoon (which is often abbreviated as “tbsp” in recipes) is a common unit of measurement in cooking. It’s roughly equivalent to the amount of liquid a standard dinner spoon can hold or 3 teaspoons to be exact. But that doesn’t mean you should just grab any old spoon!

Converting Tablespoons to Cups and Vice Versa

The table below shows a conversion of tablespoons to cup and vice versa:

2 tablespoons1/8 cup
4 tablespoons1/4 cup
5 1/3 tablespoons1/3 cup
8 tablespoons1/2 cup
12 tablespoons3/4 cup
16 tablespoons1 cup


The table is based on liquid volume equivalents. If you want to use the table above for dry measures (e.g. a tablespoon of flour) in cooking it does work. However, it’s not completely accurate. If you want to be totally certain, can also consider measuring dry ingredients by weight instead.

Another helpful tool is Cups to Grams Conversion. A cups to grams conversion table is a helpful tool for converting measurements from cups to grams, based on the requirements of your recipe. If you’re using dry ingredients or want to be really precise in your measurements, weight is often a better indicator than volume (like cups or tablespoons).

Tablespoons to Cups:

To convert from tablespoons to cups, simply divide the number of tablespoons by 16. This is because there are 16 tablespoons in a cup. For instance, if you have 32 tablespoons, divide 32 by 16 to get 2 cups.

Cups to Tablespoons:

To convert from cups to tablespoons, multiply the number of cups by 16. For example, if you have 1.5 cups, multiply 1.5 by 16 to get 24 tablespoons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the conversion from tablespoons to cups?

To convert tablespoons to cups, divide the number of tablespoons by 16. For example, 32 tablespoons = 2 cups.

How do I convert cups to tablespoons?

To convert cups to tablespoons, multiply the number of cups by 16. For instance, 1.5 cups = 24 tablespoons.

Can I use a regular spoon as a tablespoon?

While a regular spoon can be close in size, it’s best to use a proper tablespoon measurement for accurate results in cooking and baking.

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Effortless Measurements for Your Culinary Adventures

Understanding the conversions between tablespoons and cups can significantly simplify your cooking and baking endeavors. No more fumbling with measurements and conversions mid-recipe! With this conversion guide at your fingertips, you can confidently tackle any recipe without the fear of incorrect measurements.