If you're looking for a guide to how many cups there are in a pound of all-purpose flour, bread flour, cake flour, pastry flour or whole-wheat flour, look no further. Note that your measurement will depend upon the type of flour you're using because of the varying densities of different flour types.

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1 pound of all-purpose flour contains around 3 ⅔ cups. 1 pound of bread flour contains approximately 3 ½ cups. 1 pound of cake flour contains around 4 cups. 1 pound of pastry flour contains around 4.28 cups.

These measurements assume you're using the traditional method of measuring flour. This involves spooning the flour into your measuring cup, without compacting it, and levelling it off with a knife. Scooping the flour from your jar or bag with the measuring cup may give you a different measurement.

Before we look at measurements for each type of flour, below, it's worth noting that we also have an article looking at pounds and cups of sugar, should you need it.


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Cups in a pound of all purpose flour Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb1.81 cups
1 lb3.62 cups
2 lb7.24 cups
5 lb18.1 cups
10 lb36.2 cups

Cups in a pound of bread flour Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb1.75 cups
1 lb3.49 cups
2 lb6.98 cups
5 lb17.45 cups
10 lb34.9 cups

Cups in a pound of cake flour Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb1.99 cups
1 lb3.98 cups
2 lb7.96 cups
5 lb19.9 cups
10 lb39.8 cups

Cups in a pound of pastry flour Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb2.14 cups
1 lb4.28 cups
2 lb8.56 cups
5 lb21.4 cups
10 lb42.8 cups

Cups in a pound of whole-wheat flour Pounds of Flour Cups (US)
1/2 lb2.01 cups
1 lb4.01 cups
2 lb8.02 cups
5 lb20.05 cups
10 lb40.1 cups

Flour densities and conversions were sourced from: The Cake Bible (Rose Levy Beranbaum, 1988), Modern Domestic and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.

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