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Unregistered
03-27-2006, 06:59 AM
I need to know what 1 cube of butter is. I have a recipe from Costa Rica that calls for 1 cube. Is it the same as 1 stick?

Robert Fogt
03-27-2006, 07:59 PM
A cube of butter is 1 ounce, which is 2 tablespoons.

its called a cube because when cut a 1/2 stick in half, you're left with perfect cubes.

Unregistered
12-23-2007, 06:26 AM
u people rock my recipe called for 5 cubes of butter and i was clueless. so thanks

Unregistered
12-26-2007, 09:05 AM
cube of butter is a quarter of a stick of butter, that is to say 1oz. If you cut the stick in half and then half again you will see why it is called a cube of butter! As a rough guide 2 tablespoons equals 1 cube.
Your recipe will need half a stick, 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons, just choose the measure you prefer.

Unregistered
01-21-2008, 05:41 PM
Thanks so much--I never heard of a "cube of butter" before this recipe that called for it. I have always read butter in tablespoons--so you saved the day. Also, never thought I would find the answer to my question so easily on the web!!!! Wish I could give you a piece of my Texas Sheet Cake......

gubment_cheez
01-22-2008, 12:30 PM
I'll take some! you can upload it to the server here (you need a registered account to do so) :D

Unregistered
03-13-2008, 11:39 AM
In the Western US a cube of butter is a stick. One stick is 1/2 cup.

Unregistered
07-15-2008, 05:18 PM
Thanks so much.. I too was also clueless about what a cube of butter was.

Unregistered
07-31-2008, 08:49 PM
In the Western US a cube of butter is a stick. One stick is 1/2 cup.

I ran into this same problem with this recipe which calls for cube of butter. note that in the end, the blogger said her measurement is 1 cube = 1/4 pound or 1/2 cup, that's 4 ounces or 1 stick. christinecooks.blogspot.com/2007/07/oatmeal-cookies-with-crystallized.html

Unregistered
08-10-2008, 10:09 AM
This is Christine of Christine Cooks.
I've always called a stick of butter a "cube", probably because my mother did. It may be a good rule of thumb, when reading a recipe from the U.S., to assume a cube is 1 stick, which equals 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons. Many of the previous comments explained a cube in terms of equal-sided parts of a stick. A stick, in other parts of the world can be quite different, sometimes twice the size, of a U.S. stick.
After reading this interesting thread, from now on I will call out my butter measurements in tablespoons or cups.

sonyaneve
12-21-2008, 08:44 AM
OHhhh my gosh I thought a cube was four sticks so I bought 3 times that much to tripple a recepie for Christmas...... Butter any one? I just looked this up to be sure what the measurement realy ment

Sandra
12-21-2008, 12:09 PM
since many people will refer to a cube of butter as a stick the best way is to compare similar recipes or ask the person who gave you the recipe.

If you don't use much butter you can freeze the rest for future use.
I freeze the unsalted butter that I use for Christmas baking because that is about all I use unsalted butter for so I always freeze any that is left for next time.

Unregistered
06-06-2009, 04:24 AM
Now I have to figure out if I use 1 stick of butter or 2 tablespoons to my whip cream icing recipe

Unregistered
06-19-2009, 09:18 AM
thanks so much, I searched on ask.com. How much butter is in a cube?
and now I know 2 table spoons. Back to cookie making =] <3

gubment_cheez
06-22-2009, 01:08 PM
ok I'm confused. why is a stick of butter called a cube of butter when it is not a cube? are people that geometrically challenged? I've SEEN STICKS OF BUTTER. they're usually on a crystal plate at my grandmother's house, or in the fridge. if they're in the fridge they're usually wearing this gold paper jacket with blue printing on it, and on that there are marks that say
1tbsp | 1tbsp | 1tbsp | 1tbsp | 1tbsp | 1tbsp | 1tbsp | 1tbsp
and if I were to cut along the center line of those, it would no longer be a stick, but a cube, because all 12 edges would be (roughly) equal, everyone with me so far? I hope so, because there will be a quiz tomorrow.

Sandra
06-22-2009, 02:26 PM
I think that butter must have been sold in a cube form years ago and possibly is sold that way in other countries and that is what is causing the confusion.

Unregistered
01-07-2010, 06:42 PM
I believe Sandra is correct. Different parts of the U.S. sell their butter in different shapes! When I lived in New York, the sticks of butter were more elongated than those I find sold on the West Coast. I think "cubes" come from the Midwest. However, one stick of butter in the U.S. is still 1/2 cup, and I think a cube of butter is the same.

Unregistered
01-25-2010, 01:25 PM
Good idea Christine. Here in Canada, butter comes by the pound, so if you tell me I need a stick of butter, I'd look at you funny.

Unregistered
02-02-2010, 02:03 PM
a cube of butter is equal to 1 stick,or 8 tablespoons or 1/4 pound

Unregistered
02-26-2010, 02:57 PM
Did you also know that a cube of butter is kosher?

Unregistered
03-11-2010, 09:35 AM
wow ... thank you so much ... I had no idea what a cube of butter was... You made my day so much better!! =)

mamadawg
08-11-2010, 01:05 PM
[QUOTE=Robert Fogt;3898]A cube of butter is 1 ounce, which is 2 tablespoons.

its called a cube because when cut a 1/2 stick in half, you're left with perfect cubes

lol ive always thought a cube was a stick. and been using a whole stick of butter in my recipes over the years when it called for a cube. sheeeesssh who knew?

Unregistered
09-01-2010, 10:58 AM
Thanks for your help. I will make this recipe now that I know what a cube of butter is.

Unregistered
10-04-2010, 11:40 AM
My wife was looking at an older recipe and asked me what amount constituted a "cube" of butter. I decided to check the Internet where I knew I would find the answer. To my surprise I found a lot of answers. A cube of butter is 1/4 stick, 2 tablespoons, 1/2 stick, 4 tablespoons, 1/2 cup, a full stick, 1/4 pound, etc., etc.

I then decided to look at a "stick" of butter, you know, those four wrapped things that come in a 1-pound box of butter. I took out a stick and realized that if I cut it in half I would get two geometrically perfect "cubes" of butter. I told my wife that a "cube" of butter was 1/2 stick, or 4 tablespoons, or 1/8 pound of butter. She was happy when the recipe worked perfectly.

Bake on ladies!

Unregistered
07-29-2011, 07:12 AM
How much shortening is equal to on stick of butter?

JohnS
07-29-2011, 09:30 AM
How much shortening is equal to on stick of butter?

A stick of butter is 1/4 lb. I assume 1/4 lb of shortening, too.

Unregistered
07-09-2012, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the cube conversion, makes sense!!

Unregistered
11-02-2012, 05:28 PM
In the Western US a cube of butter is a stick. One stick is 1/2 cup.
you are wrong---a cube is exactly what is says.. a CUBE... a cube is 1/4 stick of butter
same size on all sides----A CUBE

Unregistered
03-17-2013, 07:08 PM
I just checked with the originator of the recipe I'm making that calls for a cube of butter and it is a stick or 8 tablespoons..not an actual cube shape of butter.