Australian cups to ml

Cups to mL – Simple Calculator & Conversion Table

Every home cook has encountered the Cups to mL conversion dilemma. There’s nothing more annoying than opening up a recipe, only to realise that your measuring cup is missing and your knowledge of Imperial vs Metric is below par. The majority of Australian recipes use mLs or cups as measures of volume but it’s important to be able to convert between the two to measure liquids. So if you’re ever wondering how many mL are in a cup? We’ve got the answers for you below in a handy chart.

Cups to mL Conversion Table

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth Nations employ a “metric cup” of 250 millilitres. For reference, one dessertspoon is the equivalent of two teaspoons.

Cups Millilitres
1 cup 250 ml
3/4 cup 190 ml
2/3 cup 170 ml
1/2 cup 125 ml
1/3 cup 80 ml
1/4 cup 60 ml
1 tablespoon 20 ml
1 teaspoon 5 ml

It’s also important to note that the US Standard (imperial) measure of a cup is different to Australia (metric) which is explained further below. American recipes often use ounces (oz) to measure liquids and for that, you can use this handy calculator here.

Cup to mL Calculator

You can also use this handy calculator below to convert cups to millilitres:

Cups to mL Calculator

Cup (unit) Size in the US vs Metric

The United States Cup measurement differs from Australia in that it is traditionally equal to one-half US pint (236.6 ml) or what’s known as a customary cup. However, the cup currently used in the United States for nutrition labelling is defined in United States law as 240 ml. Click here for an Oz to mL to Cup Conversion Table.

General FAQ

How many mL in a cup?

Australia, New Zealand and Canada employ a metric cup of 250 millilitres.

What is a cup (unit)?

The cup is a cooking measurement of volume. It is traditionally equal to one-half US pint (236.6 ml), or an amount between 200 ml and 250 ml in the metric system


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