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# How many cups are in a 5-pound bag of sugar?

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In a 5-pound bag of granulated white sugar, there are approximately 11 1/4 cups. Different varieties of sugar may have more or less by volume. For example, the same 5-pound bag yields 18 3/4 cups when measuring confectioner's sugar and 12 1/2 cups when measuring brown sugar.

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Different measurement preparations will also effect the number of cups extracted from a bag of sugar, such as sifting confectioner's sugar or packing brown sugar. If exact proportions are necessary and a given recipe offers ingredient weights, a small kitchen scale may be used to determine the correct amount of sugar to add.

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There are approximately 2 1/2 cups of brown sugar in 1 pound. The exact amount of cups is dependent upon how packed the brown sugar is when measuring.

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While the amount of flour in a 5-lb. bag varies, a bag of King Arthur brand all-purpose flour consists of about 18 to 19 cups of flour. The number of cups within bags of flour depends on the flour's density and type.

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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.