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# How many cups are in 1 pound of powdered sugar?

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One pound of powdered sugar is approximately 3 3/4 cups when measured unsifted. The measurement of powdered sugar can vary slightly, with 1 pound ranging between 3 1/2 cups and 4 cups.

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Powdered sugar is also known as confectioner's sugar or icing sugar. It is very fine and is made by grinding normal granular sugar into a fine powder. It is often mixed with cornstarch, wheat flour or calcium phosphate to improve its ability to flow. There are different levels of fineness in powdered sugar, which is why the amount of cups of powdered sugar in 1 pound can vary.

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According to the Domino Sugar company, the amount of powdered sugar in a pound is 3.75 cups, although that measurement was taken with unsifted sugar. Because sifting fluffs up the sugar granules, it takes more unsifted confectioner's sugar than sifted sugar to make a pound.

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Using powdered sugar in a recipe that calls for granulated sugar means substituting 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar for every 1 cup of granulated sugar the recipe calls for. However, baked goods such as cookies and cakes will not rise as well with powdered sugar.

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While sizes may vary, a 1-pound box of powdered sugar yields roughly 3 3/4 cups of sugar. A 2-pound bag of powdered sugar yields approximately 7 1/2 cups and a 4-pound bag yields 15 cups. Powdered sugar is also known as confectioner's sugar.