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Posted: 17 Aug 2008, 09:14
I was trying to add a recipe but got stuck on the first 2 ingredients! I needed to add 1/2 cup of margarine (I use a canola margarine) - I can't find "cups"'s "sticks", is half a stick 1/2 cup? We don't get's either a 1 pound block, 1/2 cup squares or tubs. Second...I need to add 1/2 cup splenda...and all there is is packets. So anyone know how I can add those ingredients?
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Posted: 17 Aug 2008, 10:46
I googled it and got 1 stick= 1/4 cup butter

It would be easier to use the box of granulated splenda for baking you can buy it online at this link: (

Heres the Wikianswer I got about splenda packets(there is 1 gram in each packet- if you keep scrolling it says 200 grams for regular sugar, but I don't know if Splenda weighs the same as regular sugar- it definitely feels lighter).

It depends what you have in the cup. A cup is a measure of volume, but a gram is a measure of mass.

Depending on the density of the material you are going to have in the cup, the weight in grams of the material will vary. For example, if you fill the cup with lead, the cup will weigh much more than if you fill with feathers.

This question would be similar to asking how much does a 6 foot person weight. It depends on the person of course. A cup of water will weigh more than a cup of flour.

For cooking, you can find tables that convert cups to grams and vice versa for a variety of food. To the left is a link with a table for standard cooking ingredients. Make sure you look carefully and scroll down to find the correct conversion table specific ingredient you are using! The conversion is different for each ingredient!

Here are A FEW COMMON FOODS and their conversion from cups to grams (notice how much the weight varies!):

Granulated sugar: 1 cup = 200 grams
Brown sugar: 1 cup, packed = 220 grams
Sifted white flour: 1 cup = 125 grams
White rice, uncooked: 1 cup = 185 grams
White rice, cooked: 1 cup = 175 grams
Butter: 1 cup = 227 grams
Almonds, slivered: 1 cup = 108 grams
Oil: 1 cup = 224 grams
Maple syrup: 1 cup = 322 grams
Milk, non-fat: 1 cup = 245 grams
Milk, sweetened condensed: 306 grams
Broccoli, flowerets: 1 cup = 71 grams
Raisins: 1 cup, packed = 165 grams
Milk, dry: 1 cup = 68 grams
Yogurt: 1 cup = 245 grams
Water: 1 cup = 236 grams
Confectioners sugar: 1 C = 110 g
Cocoa: 1 C = 125 g


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In that we're in a discussion of volume - cups and fluid ounces, you've asked a difficult question.

If you're measuring water, the one ounce is equal to 29.57353 ml, so 40 oz would be 1.183 liters. Since water weighs 1 gram per ml, or 1 kg per liter, then you'll have 1.183 kg, or 1,183 grams.

If, on the other hand, you are measuring anything else - oil, milk, flour, etc. then you need to have one more peice of information before you can swittch from volume to weight. You must know the specific gravity of the substance. An ounce of oil, for example, weighs less than an ounce of water. (that's why oil floats on water.)

200 grams = one cup

Okay, one cup equals 236 cubic centimeters. However, a cup of milk will weigh a different number of grams than a cup of cod liver oil. But to cut to the quick, asking how many grams in a cup is like asking how many pounds in a gallon. You are using two entirely different types of measurement, one of weight, the other of volume, to ask the question. A given volume of space filled with two different types of materials will have two different weights. Also, remember that in the lame-brained English system of measurement, a fluid ounce and a dry ounce mean two different things.

1 cup = 240 ml = 8 fl oz = 1/2 pint (liq) = 16 tbsp = 48 tsp, all measurements regarding kitchen and cooking are standard and do not vary depending on the material.

To answer you question 240ml = 240 cc = 240 grams


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Posted: 17 Aug 2008, 11:50
Yikes...I guess I wasn't clear in my post. Sorry jacquisplace...I meant that I made blueberry buckle and want to add it to my cookbook. But in the ingredients list provided, I cannot find anything to choose from except splenda packets. I do use the bagged splenda for backing since it measures cup for cup.

Thanks for clearing me up though on my question regarding a "stick" of margarine. Same as our squares!
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