Imagine this, you’re in your kitchen, your cravings for cookies at an all-time high and a recipe you found from the internet laid out in front of you. It can’t get any more perfect – but one look at the recipe and you find measurements you’ve never faced before – cups instead of liters.

Fast forward a couple of hours and not only do you have a messy kitchen, but you still haven’t been able to satisfy your sweet tooth. Well, don’t worry any further because we’ve got the answer to your problem.

**Though this value varies slightly from measuring system to system, there are approximately 4.23 cups of water in a liter.** **Let’s look more into what a cup is and the many ways to measure it.**

## What is a Cup?

The cup we talk about here is not to be confused with actual drinking ones. Sorry, but you’ll have to put the fancy teacups (the ones your mother only uses when guests come) right back on the shelf. This ‘cup’ is a measure of volume used commonly in cooking.

**Though there are different measuring cups from country to country, the most recognized one is the US cup which is** **equal to half a US pint which equals 236.6 ml.**

## How Do You Measure The Cup?

### The Metric System

This measuring system is widely used in many countries now. In the metric system, 1 liter equals 1000 ml and one metric cup equals 250 ml. With some simple calculations, we can easily find that 4 cups make a liter in the metric system:

**1000 / 250 = 4**

**PS:** Did you know that the Metric Act of 1866 made it “unlawful to refuse to trade or deal in metric quantities”? All things considered, that’s not the worst thing to go to jail for, though.

### The Imperial System (UK)

Curious to know what measurement system your favorite contestants from *The Great British Bake Off *may be using? Well, it’s the Imperial system. As one imperial holds 10 imperial fluid ounces and one liter equals 35.1951 of these ounces, we see that there are **3.51951 imperial cups in one liter**:

**35.1951 / 10 = 3.51951**

## Takeaway

Now whether your recipe uses cups or liters, you’ll easily be able to find your way around it and bake cookies to your heart’s content. The only calculations you need to worry about now are how many cookies are one too many.

So, the next time you find a poor fellow wondering how many cups of water are in a liter, make sure you pass your knowledge onto them (or simply forward them this article). You know what they say, sharing is caring.