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#1
04-24-2006, 06:52 AM
 pointman Guest Posts: n/a
sugar cubes

How many cubes of sugar in a cup?
#2
04-24-2006, 02:20 PM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,340 Rep Power: 12
Re: sugar cubes

I did some searching and found that sugar cubes are 1/2 inch squares. That means each cube is 0.125 cubic inches.

1 cup (U.S.) = 14.4375 cubic inches

14.4375 / 0.125 = 115.5 cubes / cup
#3
04-25-2006, 07:43 AM
 Unregistered Guest Posts: n/a
Re: sugar cubes

Wow, I had no idea. By the time I would count out that many cubes I could go to the store and buy a bag of granulated to fill my hummingbird feeder.

Thx
#4
07-01-2008, 07:41 PM
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Re: sugar cubes

No, this isn't correct. One sugar cube is one teaspoon of sugar. There are 48 teaspoons in one cup. The answer is 48.
#5
07-01-2008, 09:40 PM
 Sandra Double Ultimate Supreme Member Join Date: May 2007 Location: California Posts: 1,945 Rep Power: 9
Re: sugar cubes

If you go by the calorie count there are 25 calories in a sugar cube and there are 770 calories in a cup of sugar. So 30.8 or 31 sugar cubes would equal a cup. A sugar cube is listed as a heaping teaspoon of sugar.

Here is the link I used

http://www.annecollins.com/calories/calories-sugar.htm

Sugar (Serving size) Calories
Table Sugar, 1 level teaspoon (4g) 15
Table Sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon (6g) 25
Table Sugar, 1 cup 770
Table Sugar, average (1 cube) 25
Icing Sugar, 1 average tablespoon (12g) 48
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Last edited by Sandra; 07-01-2008 at 09:45 PM.
#6
07-02-2008, 07:59 AM
 JohnS Double Ultimate Supreme Member Join Date: Dec 2007 Location: SE Michigan, USA Posts: 8,708 Rep Power: 17
Re: sugar cubes

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Sandra If you go by the calorie count there are 25 calories in a sugar cube and there are 770 calories in a cup of sugar. So 30.8 or 31 sugar cubes would equal a cup. A sugar cube is listed as a heaping teaspoon of sugar. Here is the link I used http://www.annecollins.com/calories/calories-sugar.htm Sugar (Serving size) Calories Table Sugar, 1 level teaspoon (4g) 15 Table Sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon (6g) 25 Table Sugar, 1 cup 770 Table Sugar, average (1 cube) 25 Icing Sugar, 1 average tablespoon (12g) 48
I think sugar cubes are not completely standardized. We've gotten at least two different sizes from our store. I checked the nutrition label of our current box, they are 2.5 g, 10 calories per cube. While two dimensions are 1/2", the other is about 7/16". Accepting Sandra's value of 25 calories, her cubes are considerable bigger. Mine are a scant teaspoon (actually about 2/3). So the correct answer is "YMMV."

Edit: I think Sandra has outlined a good approach above. Use the nutrition label on your particular package of sugar cubes to get either the calories or the weight in grams for 1 sugar cube. Divide it into the data for a cup of sugar (USDA database gives 774 calories, 200 g) to get the number of your sugar cubes per cup.

Last edited by JohnS; 07-02-2008 at 08:35 AM.
#7
10-01-2011, 04:37 PM
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Re: sugar cubes

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Unregistered No, this isn't correct. One sugar cube is one teaspoon of sugar. There are 48 teaspoons in one cup. The answer is 48.
Interesting. What a difference a fraction of an inch makes. 115.5 cubes/cup is almost twice 48 cubes/cup ( actually 2.4; 2.4 x 48 = 115.5)

The closest rational dimension for 48 cubes per cup is 5/8" per side = 0.625" ( instead of 1/2" = 0.5"). 5/8" is 1/8" over 1/2".

One teaspoon is 0.3 in^3 or 0.67" per side ( 0.67 x 0.67 x 0.67 = 0.3)

5/8" = 15.876 mm

17 mm ( 0.67") would be the best dimension of a cube so that 48 cubes is one cup.
#8
10-02-2011, 05:25 AM
 unitVerse Junior Member Join Date: Oct 2011 Posts: 12 Rep Power: 0
Re: sugar cubes

Quote:
 Interesting. What a difference a fraction of an inch makes. 115.5 cubes/cup is almost twice 48 cubes/cup ( actually 2.4; 2.4 x 48 = 115.5) The closest rational dimension for 48 cubes per cup is 5/8" per side = 0.625" ( instead of 1/2" = 0.5"). 5/8" is 1/8" over 1/2". One teaspoon is 0.3 in3 or 0.67" per side ( 0.67 x 0.67 x 0.67 = 0.3) 5/8" = 15.876 mm 17 mm ( 0.67") would be the best dimension of a cube so that 48 cubes is one cup.
I entered the above post before I registered as unitVerse ( in case you require further explaination ).

To use 'Material Balance' the volume and effective density are required, not just volume ( assuming 100% sugar, no filler, etc).

If energy is the computation goal ( ie dietary Calorie = 1 Kilo-Calorie = 4186.8 Joule) then Sandra's approach is most interesting.

Last edited by unitVerse; 10-02-2011 at 01:29 PM. Reason: provide followup information
#9
11-11-2011, 04:49 AM
 anonymous Guest Posts: n/a
you are all wrong...

i took a bag and smashed up sugar cubes with a meat tenderizer. then i poured repeatedly poured in my bag of sugar. it was filled up after i smashed 55 cubes. to keep up for the little holes cause by big chunks, maybe 56. so 55-56 cubes equals 1 cup of sugar.
#10
01-08-2012, 11:13 AM
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Re: sugar cubes

Hey! Just doing this myself today. Came up with 40 cubes to use.

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