Learn how many cups are in a liter and get helpful conversion tables from cups to liters and other measurement units you might need.
Measurements can be tricky, especially when it comes to cup measurements. For instance, some recipes call for cups of whipped cream, and others measure the same ingredient in grams, milliliters, or liters.
So, if you live in the States and want to make a British recipe, you will need to know how many cups in a liter to succeed with the baking.
Not all recipes mention both types of measurements, so make sure you are familiar with them before starting.
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What is a cup
A cup (abbreviated as "c" or "C") refers to a unit of volume. Cups are different from teacups as they have accrued a standardized size. There are different types of cups known worldwide.
In the United States, there are two standard cups:
1 US customary cup = 237 ml, 0.24 L, or 8 fl.oz.
1 US legal cup = 240 ml.
In the United Kingdom,
1 imperial cup = 284 ml or 0.28 L
In Australia and New Zealand,
1 cup = 250 ml or 0.25 L.
1 Canadian cup = 227 ml and 1 metric cup = 250 ml.
1 sake cup gō = 180.39 ml or 0.18 L.
1 traditional Japanese cup = 200 ml or 0.2 L.
What is a liter
A liter (abbreviated as "L" or "l") is a metric volume unit defined as the volume of a kilogram of pure water.
The liter was adopted in France in 1795 and received practical realization in 1799 during the French Revolution.
Interestingly, it has different spellings: "litre" in British English and "liter" in American English.
So, how much is a liter?
One liter is equal to 0.001 cubic meters.
One liter is equal to 1 cubic decimeter.
One liter is equal to 1000 cubic centimeters.
One liter is equal to 0.2642 US gallons.
One liter is equal to 0.2200 imperial gallons.
How many cups are in a liter
You probably know that precise measurement of ingredients is essential in baking.
The best way is to use a reliable kitchen scale, but if you are a fan of the US measurement system, get measuring cups and spoons set.
Since there are so many different cups (the US customary and legal cups, imperial cups, etc.), it seems easier to measure liquid ingredients in millimeters, deciliters, and liters.
So how many cups make a liter? The liter value depends on the type of cup.
In the US system,
1 liter equals 4.2267 U.S. customary cups, where
1 US cup = 8 US fluid ounces and
1 liter = 33.814 US fluid ounces.
1 liter equals 4.1667 US legal cups.
Quite roughly, to measure one liter, round it to four 8-ounce cups and add ¼ cup. Suppose you need half a liter; measure 2 cups and 2 tablespoons.
1 liter equals 4.3994 Canadian cups.
1 liter equals 5.5556 traditional Japanese cups.
In the Imperial measurements system,
1 liter equals 3.5195 imperial cups, where
1 imperial cup = 10 imperial fluid ounces and
1 liter = 35.1951 imperial fluid ounces.
In the metric system,
1 liter equals 4 metric cups, where
1 metric cup (SI unit) = 250 mL and
1 liter = 1000 mL.
So how can you be sure if a baking recipe calls for the imperial measuring cup or metric?
In today's culinary world, it is more likely that metric cups are used instead of Imperial ones.
Also, look at other ingredients: if they are measured in grams and milliliters, then most likely metric measurements for cups were used too.
Basic volume conversions
Here is a quick conversion chart from liters to cups to pints to quarts to gallons.
It takes into consideration that
- 1 cup = 0.236 liters
- 1 pint = 0.47 liters
- 1 quart = 1.06 liters
- 1 gallon = 3.78 liters
Note: All the conversions below are in US liquid measures.
|½ L||2.11 c||1.06 pt||0.53 qt||0.13 gal|
|1 L||4.23 c||2.11 pt||1.06 qt||0.26 gal|
|2 L||8.45 c||4.23 pt||2.11 qt||0.53 gal|
|3 L||12.68 c||6.34 pt||3.17 qt||0.79 gal|
|4 L||16.91 c||8.45 pt||4.23 qt||1.06 gal|
|5 L||21.13 c||10.67 pt||5.28 qt||1.32 gal|
And here is another conversion chart from cups to liters:
|½ cup||0.12 L|
|1 cup||0.24 L|
|2 cups||0.47 L|
|3 cups||0.71 L|
|4 cups||0.95 L|
|5 cups||1.18 L|
|6 cups||1.42 L|
|7 cups||1.66 L|
|8 cups||1.89 L|
|9 cups||2.13 L|
|10 cups||2.37 L|
How to convert more than one liter into cups
To calculate how many cups are in more than 1 liter, you need to multiply the number of liters by the number of cups in 1 liter (the conversion factor).
But the exact number of cups in a liter will differ depending on the system (US, Imperial, or metric) you are referring to.
If the number of liters is labeled as "X," the math formula will look like this:
- For the US system: "X" x 4.2267
- For the Imperial system: "X" x 3.5195
- For the metric system: "X" x 4
Here is a quick conversion chart from liters to US cups:
|¼ L||1.06 cups|
|½ L||2.11 cups|
|1 L||4.23 cups|
|1.5 L||6.34 cups|
|1.75 L||7.4 cups|
|2 L||8.45 cups|
|2.5 L||10.57 cups|
|3 L||12.68 cups|
|4 L||16.91 cups|
|5 L||21.13 cups|
|10 L||42.27 cups|
Liquid cups vs. dry cups
While converting cups to liters, it is essential to know that there are two different measuring cups: liquid cups and dry cups.
Dry cup measurements measure dry ingredients such as flour, sugar, corn starch, etc.
Liquid measuring cups with pour spouts are used to measure water, milk, cream, oil, etc. Please, read how to measure wet ingredients.
Other conversion charts
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Also, if you ever need to convert your baking pan sizes, use this simple Cake Pan Converter.
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- How Many Cups In A Quart
- How Many Cups In A Gallon
- How Many Milliliters In A Teaspoon
- How Many Milliliters In A Tablespoon
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There are 4.2 US cups in 1 liter.
There are 4.2 cups in a liter.
There are 6.34 US cups in 1.5 liters.
1.7 liters is 7.19 US cups.
There are 7.4 cups in 1.75 liters.
There are 7.61 US cups in 1.8 liters.
There are 8.45 cups in 2 liters.
2.5 liters equals 10.57 cups.
There are 16.91 cups in 4 liters.
6 US cups make 1.42 liters.
8 US cups make 1.89 liters.
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