The baking abbreviations tablespoon and teaspoon are easy to mix up which is a problem since baking needs precise measurements and adding too much or too little of an ingredient can be problematic. The wrong amount of baking soda can mean the difference between your banana bread rising or becoming banana pudding. Nobody wants banana pudding when they thought they were making banana bread.
Teaspoon is abbreviated to “t” (lowercase only) or “tsp.”
Differences in Tablespoon vs. Teaspoon Abbreviations
The thing to watch out for when trying to discern if you want to use a tablespoon over a teaspoon is a big “B” or a little “b” in the middle of the abbreviation. If you are like me, you are more likely to miss the difference when not wearing your glasses.
Do not rush your baking. You could end up with a very cinnamony banana bread if you mistake a teaspoon in a recipe for a tablespoon. Just remember teaspoon abbreviation is a lover case “t” or a tsp sans b.
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Tablespoon to Teaspoon Conversions
Use the following chart to understand common tablespoon to teaspoon conversions.
|Tablespoons (Tbsp)||Teaspoons (tsp)||Cups||Fluid Ounces (OZ)|
|16 Tbsp||48 tsp||1 C||8 oz|
|12 Tbsp||36 tsp||3/4 C||6 oz|
|10 Tbsp + 2 tsp||32 tsp||2/3 C||5 1/3 oz|
|8 Tbsp||24 tsp||1/2 C||4 oz|
|5 Tbsp + 1 tsp||16 tsp||1/3 C||2 2/3 oz|
|4 Tbsp||12 tsp||1/4 C||2 oz|
|2 Tbsp + 2 tsp||8 tsp||1/6 C||1 1/3 oz|
|2 Tbsp||6 tsp||1/8 C||1 oz|
|1 Tbsp||3 tsp||1/16 C||1/2 oz|
You can also get a great refrigerator magnet with this table that you can quickly use from reference while baking.
How many tsp (teaspoons) in a tbsp (tablespoon)?
There are 3 tsp in a tbsp.
How many tsp (teaspoons) in a cup?
There are 48 tsp in a cup.
How many tbsp (tablespoons) in a cup?
There are 16 tbsp in a cup.