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How Many Cups in One Pound of Flour?

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If you're looking for a guide to how many cups there are in a pound of all-purpose flour, bread flour, cake flour, pastry flour or whole-wheat flour, look no further. Note that your measurement will depend upon the type of flour you're using because of the varying densities of different flour types.

  • 1 pound of all-purpose flour contains around 3 ⅔ cups.
  • 1 pound of bread flour contains approximately 3 ½ cups.
  • 1 pound of cake flour contains around 4 cups.
  • 1 pound of pastry flour contains around 4.28 cups.

These measurements assume you're using the traditional method of measuring flour. This involves spooning the flour into your measuring cup, without compacting it, and levelling it off with a knife. Scooping the flour from your jar or bag with the measuring cup may give you a different measurement.

Before we look at measurements for each type of flour, below, it's worth noting that we also have an article looking at pounds and cups of sugar, should you need it.

Cups in a pound of all purpose flour
Cups in a pound of all purpose flour
Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb 1.81 cups
1 lb 3.62 cups
2 lb 7.24 cups
5 lb 18.1 cups
10 lb 36.2 cups
Cups in a pound of bread flour
Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb 1.75 cups
1 lb 3.49 cups
2 lb 6.98 cups
5 lb 17.45 cups
10 lb 34.9 cups
Cups in a pound of cake flour
Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb 1.99 cups
1 lb 3.98 cups
2 lb 7.96 cups
5 lb 19.9 cups
10 lb 39.8 cups
Cups in a pound of pastry flour
Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb 2.14 cups
1 lb 4.28 cups
2 lb 8.56 cups
5 lb 21.4 cups
10 lb 42.8 cups
Cups in a pound of whole-wheat flour
Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb 2.01 cups
1 lb 4.01 cups
2 lb 8.02 cups
5 lb 20.05 cups
10 lb 40.1 cups

Flour densities and conversions were sourced from: The Cake Bible (Rose Levy Beranbaum, 1988), Modern Domestic and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.

We have more ingredient conversions on our baking conversions page. You can also convert between cups and pounds for a multitude of ingredients with our pounds and cups converter.

Alastair Hazell




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Last update: 29 May 2019


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