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How Many Tablespoons are in a Cup?

Quick Answer

1C = 16T

Rest of the Story

However, most things are not so simple.  For cups-to-tablespoons (C to T) volume conversion, refer to Table 1 (below), which shows the most common values for the quick reference.  The table and the converter below convert between U.S. Cups to U.S. Tablespoons.

Table 1. Tablespoon-to-Cup Conversions

Cup Tablespoon   Cup Tablespoon   Cup Tablespoon   Cup Tablespoon
1/4 4   2.75 44   5.25 84   7.75 124
1/2 8   3 48   5.5 88   8 128
3/4 12   3.25 52   5.75 92   8.25 132
1 16   3.5 56   6 96   8.5 136
1.25 20   3.75 60   6.25 100   8.75 140
1.5 24   4 64   6.5 104   9 144
1.75 28   4.25 68   6.75 108   9.25 148
2 32   4.5 72   7 112   9.5 152
2.25 36   4.75 76   7.25 116   9.75 156
2.5 40   5 80   7.5 120   10 160

There is no international standard for cup sizes but is used mostly the United States. Tablespoon is a commonly used volume unit in cooking recipes. 1T is about 15 milliliters and 0.5 fluid ounces, whereas it differs in countries outside the United States.

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