How much is 250g of flour in cups?

In this brief article, we’ll address the search query: “How much is 250 grams of flour in cups?” Also, we’ll explore what other cooking units grams can be converted into, and what the difference between a volume and a weight unit is. 

How much is 250 g of flour in cups? 

A 250-gram portion of flour equates to 2.08 cups of flour. This is because one cup of flour contains 120 grams, and the value can be extrapolated by dividing the 250 by 120.

It’s important to note that traditionally, a cup alludes to 250 grams of water, which has a density of 1. However, a cup is a volume unit, rather than a weight unit, and the two are not interchangeable when it comes to measuring other food products that are lighter than water. 

For example, flour is less than half as dense as water, and 120 grams occupy the same volume as 250 milliliters of water. 

We advise our readers to make this distinction whenever they’re following a recipe that states portions in volume units, rather than weight. 

What other cooking units can grams be converted into? 

Other than cups, grams can be converted into other units such as ounces, pounds, tablespoons, pints, quarts, gallons, gills, fluid ounces, etc. 

However, when volume units are expressed in weight, they allude to the weight of water. This was established as a convention, due to the ubiquitousness (widespread availability) of water. 

In the case of foods and substances that are lighter than water (such as cooking oil), it may be necessary to follow the volumetric units, rather than the weight units. 

There are various reference tables that can help our readers convert both grams and milliliters to different volumetric units. Below, we’re listing a few of the most common conversions that readers may find handy when reviewing or preparing a recipe. 

UnitEquivalent in Milliliters and liters (of water)Equivalent in grams (or kilograms)
1 Tablespoon14.3 milliliters14.3 grams
1 ounce28.34 milliliters 28.34 grams
1 cup250 milliliters250 grams
1 pound453.59 milliliters453.59 grams
1 quart946.35 milliliters946.35 grams
1 gill140 milliliters140 grams 
1 gallon3.78 liters* 3.78 kilograms* 

Another unit that is also commonly used includes cc’s. This alludes to cubic centimeters, and it can be directly converted to grams and milliliters when measuring water, which has a density of 1. 

For reference, one cubic centimeter (cc) is the volumetric expression of 1 milliliter, though depending on the substance and/or food, it may not equate to one gram. This is because substances may differ in density when compared to water. 

What is the difference between a volume unit and a weight unit? 

The difference between a volume unit and a weight unit is that a volume unit denotes a specific three-dimensional area that a substance can occupy, while weight is an expression used to specify the amount of matter in a given portion. 

The difference lies in the concept of density. In physics, density alludes to how concentrated (or compact) matter is in a substance.

For example, water has a density of 1 gram per cubic centimeter, and as we’ve stated above, it is used as a reference due to how widespread and easily come upon water is. 

Metals such as mercury, on the other hand, have a much higher density. For reference, mercury contains 13.59 grams per cubic centimeter. 

Substances like cooking oil and fats on the other hand are less dense than water. For example, one cubic centimeter of cooking oil contains roughly 0.91 to 0.93 grams. 

Finely ground foods such as flour and powdered meals may be even less dense, due to the air space present between each particle. 

For reference, when recipes make use of units such as cups and tablespoons, it should be used in the volumetric sense, as using the weight conversion may lead to overages of these ingredients in a recipe, and have an effect on the result. 

We encourage our readers to carefully review every recipe they consult and make the necessary preparations and conversions beforehand. This not only expedites the cooking process but also assures that there is as little variation between the instructions and the resulting dish.  


In this brief article, we’ve addressed the search query: “How much is 250 grams of flour in cups?” Also, we’ve explored what other cooking units grams can be converted into, and what the difference between a volume and a weight unit is.