Don’t panic – I’m speaking to your ingredients…..

Many years ago I learned how to weigh my ingredients when baking, versus using measuring cups. It was a game-changer for me and I’ve never looked back.

Weighing ingredients saves time, utensils and clean-up. It is also more precise and consistent – particularly important when baking. In time you’ll automatically know that 1 cup of sugar = 200 grams or 1 cup of cake flour (before and after you sift it)  = 100 grams – each and every time. Although I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed baking, this technique has made the process even more pleasurable.

A growing number of books and web sites now include both types of measurements, but for the most part you’ll find that you need to do the conversions yourself. This is easy to do. Turn on your scale, place your bowl on it and reset it to zero. Measure your ingredient and pour it into the bowl;  note the weight (in grams or ounces) for future reference.

What kind of scale do you need? Like every other kitchen gadget, scales come in a wide range of price points and options. The 2 most important features for me are a digital display and measurements in both ounce and grams. I have this scale:

kitchen scale

and love it – in addition to the aforementioned functions it has a backlight and a pull-out display (both great if you’re using a large bowl that casts a shadow or covers the scale completely).  It cleans up easily and is moderately priced too.


  1. Dana on March 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I never thought about using a scale for baking, but it makes SO much sense. Much more precise than measuring cups or spoons. Thanks for the GREAT tip.

    • sheri silver on March 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

      You’re welcome! Stay tuned for more…..

  2. Anna on July 10, 2013 at 3:31 am

    You don’t happen to have your sugar free honey lemon cake recipe in grams?
    It makes it much easier when converting the recipe internationally. I’m in Australia. Some recipes need to be quite precise but our cups and tablespoons don’t even match!

    • sherisilver on July 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

      1 1/2 c. plain yogurt – 341 g.
      2/3 c. olive oil – 151 g.
      1 c. honey – 368 g.
      2 1/2 c. flour – 330 g.

      I hope this helps!

      • Anna on July 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Thank you!

  3. Dawn on September 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Your an inspiration to me. I’m looking to open my own bakery and all your knowledge is very helpful.

    • sherisilver on September 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Um, day? MADE. I’m so happy to hear that – and SUPER jealous that you are opening a bakery. It is a big, big dream of mine. Best of luck! 🙂

  4. Jill Roberts on September 11, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I use this one as well. It is one of my favorite scales from OXO!

    • sherisilver on September 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Best I’ve ever tried! 🙂

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