How To Make A Cake Without Scales

Learning how to make a cake without scales is straightforward providing you have a measuring jug, are able to measure in cups and are able to portion packaged products.

We make all our cakes without scales and you'll find our recipes list the equivalent weights in c. proportions.

See the cook using a large measuring jug?  That's the most important piece of equipment in my kitchen.

Cup Measures

The secret is to use cup measures

I only ever cook with measurements in c. denominations and when I come across a recipe I'd like to try, the quantities are converted to c. proportions.

To save time, it is best to use a large, measuring jug, at least a 4 cu capacity.

Use the guide and converters below and you can make a cake without scales and never have to weigh ingredients, ever again!


Volume to Cup

Portion Packaged Products

Packaged products will invariably publish the weight or volume. For example butter comes in 4 oz or 8 oz amounts. 

So, if the recipe calls for 2 oz, and you have a 4 oz stick, use half.

If you have an 8 oz block and require 2 oz, use 1/4.

Likewise blocks of chocolate.

When the recipe for brownies calls for 250 gm of chocolate and the block you've purchased is 300gm, break it up into 6 parts and use 5 parts.

(250/300 = 5/6)

Do the same with bags of dried fruit, coconut, sultanas and so forth.

Try these beautiful scrumptious cakes, all made without scales!

Pumpkin Cake made from easy pumpkin cake recipes, with a thick layer of white frosting

Pumpkin Cake

Banana Cake Recipe with coconut

Banana Cake
with Coconut

A Moist Brownie Recipe

3 Layer

This easy cake recipe is an upside down pear cake

Easy Upside Down
Pear Cake


Measurements in US Cup Proportions

The standard size of a US cup is different from the British measure. As most of our visitors are from the US, we use the measure of

(US)      1 c. = 236ml

(British) 1 c. = 250ml

The conversions here are rounded for ease of use.

How to make a Cake Without Scales?

Use This Conversion Table

Here are the most common conversions you'll come across in recipes.


1 pound

1/2 pound

1/4 pound

16 ounces

8 ounces

4 ounces

1 ounce

450 gm

225 gm

112 gm

28 gm


1 c

1/2 c

1/8 c

1 tb

1 ts

2 c

4 c

16 c

8 fl ounces/1/2 pint

4 fl ounces

1 fl ounce

1/2 fl ounce

1 pint

1 quart/ 2 pints

1 gallon/ 4 quarts

240 ml

120 ml

30 ml

15 ml

5 ml

475 ml

950 ml

3.8 liters

The common nomenclature is:
lb. = pound

oz = ounces
gm = grams
kg = kilograms

It is not possible to have standard c measures for weights as while the volumes may be the same, most ingredients will have different densities and weights. For example a cup of flour weighs less than a cup of brown sugar, even though this may be the same volume.

The common nomenclature is:
c. or cu. = cup

tb = tablespoon
ts = teaspoon
ml = milliliter

Volumes in recipes are the same no matter the weight. Standard amounts are leveled. Use the back of a table knife to level out dry ingredients

Weights of common ingredients


Flour (Plain and Self Raising)

Brown Sugar

Sugar (common, granulated)

Rice (grains, uncooked)

1 c.

120 grams

180 grams

200 gms

190 gms

1/2 c

60 grams

90 grams

100 gms

95 gm

2 tb

15 grams

23 grams

25 gms

24 gm

These amounts are rounded for ease of use.

For a comprehensive list of proportions for commonly used ingredients, visit our Handy Calculator For Conversions and you'll be able to find proportions for cups for any recipe. How to make a cake without scales will not longer be a challenge!

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