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How Many Tablespoons Are in a Cup?

By | Last update: 24 June 2021

Today we turn our attention to cooking measurements and, specifically, this question from Kelly:

"I'm baking a cake using a recipe and would like to know how many tablespoons there are in a cup?

Before we begin, it's worth noting that usage of the cup in modern recipes is mostly confined to the United States and Canada. The cup hasn't been used as a standard measurement in British recipes since the 1960s. That said, it is still possible to come across a modern recipe that references it. And the fact that we're all online these days means your recipe could come from anywhere!

In this article, we're going to assume you're using the US tablespoon and cup (the most common). If you want to read all about the other variations of tablespoon and cup, please see this article here.

How many tablespoons in a cup?

There are 16 tablespoons in one cup. 1/2 cup is equal to 8 tablespoons and 1/4 cup is equal to 4 tablespoons.

Cups and tablespoons reference chart

To make things simple, I've created a reference chart for converting one cup, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, etc, to tablespoons (and teaspoons) and converting the other way: tablespoons to cups. Please feel free to bookmark it or print it, to keep it handy.

Cups to tablespoons conversion chart

Tablespoon and cup conversions

Here's a quick-reference list in text:

  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons
  • 2/3 cup = 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons
  • 3/8 cup = 6 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons
  • 1/6 cup = 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
  • 1/16 cup = 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

For any help converting between cups and tablespoons, or any other units such as teaspoons, grams, etc, give our cooking converter a try.


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