I used to really dislike baking, until I learned that you can weigh your ingredients to have more consistent results! Since I cook by feeling, measuring cups of flour or sugar would be so tedious and inevitably, my baked goods would be too dry or too wet!
When cooking in large volume, you can't afford to make too many mistakes; a scale is a must. It will save you a lot of time, money, and your food will turn out great, every time.
This is Oxo Good Grips Food Scale, but choose a scale that fits your need.
CONVERSIONS FOR COMMON BAKING INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour 5 oz
1 cup cake flour 5 1/2 oz
1 cup whole wheat flour 7 oz
1 cup granulated (white) sugar 7 oz
1 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark) 7 oz
1 cup confectioners' sugar 4 oz
1 cup cocoa powder 3 oz
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick, or 1/4 cup) 2 oz
8 tablespoons (1 stick, or 1/2 cup) 4 oz
16 tablespoons (2 sticks, or 1 cup) 8 oz