How Many Cups of Sugar Are in a 5-Pound Bag?

There are roughly 11 1/4 cups of granulated white sugar in a 5-pound bag. Sugar can vary in content and include more or less. For instance, the same 5-pound bag of sugar provides 12 1/2 cups of brown sugar and 18 3/4 cups of confectioner’s sugar when measured separately.

The number of cups that can be taken from a bag of sugar depends on how the measuring preparations are done, such as sifting confectioner’s sugar or packing brown sugar. If a recipe includes ingredient weights and precise measurements are required, a small kitchen scale can be used to calculate the right amount of sugar to add.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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