BHG.com / Recipes & Cooking / How to Cook / How to Bake How to Measure Sugar Follow recipes correctly by starting with the right amount of sugar. Share Save Saved Print Instructions: Step 1. 1. Granulated or powdered sugar should be spooned into a dry measuring cup and leveled off. 2. Brown sugar, on the other hand, is pressed firmly into a dry measure so it holds the shape when it is turned out.