Hi, I've seen a picture of a wonderful, moist looking chocolate coconut pount cake which i'd love to try. Trouble is, the quantities are given in what I presume is US cupsizes and i'm a bit concerned because there doesnt seem to be a standard conversion from US cups to UK measurements which seems odd so I'm not sure if that's correct.
The recipe is here http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chocolate-coconut-pound-cake and I was wondering whether anyone could advise on conversion from cups to grammes or oz.
Many thanks - I also hadnt realised there were so many fab ideas for pound cakes so really want to give them a go!
Many thanks, helen
you're right it gets sketchy translating from one country to the next -- nb --we use 'ounces' for weight and for liquid so that gets weird too just right here on our own shores hahahaha -- a liquid 8 ounces is just a bit greater than a dry 8 ounces aka 'a cup' -- i mean i was born into this crazy system -- who thought it up i don't know -- and yes it is confusing --
and people who espouse weighing everything as the be all end all have to finally decide on the weights involved too -- it's not an exact method either -- it can be exact by using the same recipe over and over but not in the conversion from cups to weight
Because I am from USA I have same problem with UK recipes. I normally only make cakes with US measurements because if anyone could screw it up trying to decipher, I most certainly would. Good luck and I hope someone here will be able to decipher for you!!
US cups to grams/oz
1 cup of flour is 130g
1 cup of sugar is 200g
1 cup of liquid is 8oz
1 cup of butter is 226g
1 cup of shortening is 205g
1 cup of cocoa is 118g
1 cup of coconut is 93g
Hope that helps :)
the problem with any of these lists us that they do not agree -- like check shortening, cocoa and flour -- it's discouraging/confusing
Yes, I agree, it is. I know most of them by heart because I convert recipes all the time. Most basic recipes, I don't even have to look them up anymore, I just convert them in my head. I only bake by weight. It's so much easier to 1/2 or double recipes and it's so much more consistent. If she uses these weights, and mixes the cake properly, she should be fine.
sorry, been away for a few days. Hoping to get chance to try a basic pound cake this coming weekend. Thanks for your comments and help guys.