Divide ingredients while making recipes

Divide ingredients while making recipes

Every time while you are making a perfect recipe, it is a must to use the exact amount of ingredients to make it the same way. So as we know that in some cases measuring the required amount of the ingredients is not that easy. For example, measuring 1/3 or 1/8 of a cup is not that easy. Sometimes, we may see even worse scenarios like 3/4 or 2/3 of cups.

While making a recipe, there are two main types of ingredients. The first one is the wet ingredients like milk, oil, etc., and the second one is the dry ingredients like flour, baking powder, etc. So now, after spending our quality time in search, we are here with some different ways to divide these ingredients in the exact amount.

Weigh it

The simplest way to measure ingredients while making a recipe is to measure the weight of the ingredients and then divide them according to it. You can use a weight table to divide the ingredients more accurately while making a recipe. Here is the weight of some commonly used ingredients in a cup in grams

  • 1 cup granulated sugar = 200 grams
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder = 90 grams
  • 1 large egg (without shell) = roughly 50 grams
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour = 125 grams
  • 1 cup brown sugar = 220 grams
  • 1 cup powdered sugar = 115 grams

Now we can easily tell that 1/2 of 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder weighs in 30grams. Similarly, you can measure the weight of the ingredients using electronic equipment and you can also use a weight table of ingredients to measure them more accurately while making a recipe.

Divide it

The second way to divide the ingredients while making a recipe is to divide them. As we know that in some cases it is very easy to divide ingredients while making a recipe. For example, dividing a cup of sugar into half of it. But in some cases, dividing the ingredients is not so easy. For example, dividing 1/2 of 3/4 cup is not so easy to do it. So to make this division of ingredients simple and accurate, We break down our measurements into tablespoons and teaspoons.

 Here are the details about how many teaspoons and tablespoons a cup has.

  • 1 teaspoon= 1/3 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons or 48 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons or 24 teaspoons
  • 1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon or 16 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons or 12 teaspoons
  • 2/3 cup = 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon or 16 teaspoons
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons or 36 teaspoons

Now, by using the above technique, we can divide ingredients more easily. For example, half of 2/3 cup would be 1/3 or 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon or 16 teaspoons. So now we can easily divide ingredients for our recipe. Below is a sample table showing how to divide ingredients while making a recipe.

Actual AmountHalf of itOne-Third of it
1 cup1/2 cup1/3 cup
1/2 cup1/4 cup2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
1/3 cup2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons1 tablespoon + 1 1/4 teaspoons
2/3 cup1/3 cup3 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons
3/4 cup6 tablespoons or 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons1/4 cup
1/4 cup1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
1/8 cup1/16 cup or 1 tablespoon2 teaspoons
1 tablespoon1 1/2 teaspoon1 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon1/8 teaspoon1/12 teaspoon

Measure and divide wet ingredients

Measuring and dividing wet ingredients are a bit difficult as compared to the dry ingredients. There are many types of equipment used to measure the liquid or wet ingredients. We will use the same equipment to measure the exact amount of the ingredients for our recipe. For example, we will use a liquid measure device such as a scaled cup used to measure liquids. We will find half of the ingredient either by using values on the scaled cup.


In the above techniques, we recommend you to use the measuring weight of ingredients technique as it is very simple and easy to do and you can easily measure and divide the ingredients using this technique. We hope that after reading this article about how to measure and divide ingredients for your recipe, now you can measure the ingredients more easily in a correct manner while making any recipe for yourself or your family.


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