It is so simple to make this tasty Funnel Cake Recipe at home and enjoy a popular State Fair treat any time you want. This delicious treat is fried to perfection and dusted with powder sugar.

Funnel cake topped with powdered sugar on a plate.
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There are many treats that we look forward to at carnivals, State Fairs and other places. It is so fun making these at home and this cake recipe is deep fried and amazing.

We love learning to make some of our favorite things at home. You might also like to make Deep fried oreos and Deep Fried Nutella at home for a fraction of the price.

What is a Funnel Cake?

Funnel Cake is a delicious treat popular at fairs and carnivals. You make it by dropping the mixture in hot oil and frying to perfection. The batter is sweet like cake and always a popular choice. 

The batter is traditionally squeezed through a funnel and dropped into oil to fry. Hence the name.

Homemade Funnel Cake Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe - flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, oil, sugar.
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Sugar 
  • Baking Powder 
  • Salt 
  • Milk 
  • Large Eggs 
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Powder Sugar 

How to Make Funnel Cake from Scratch

Dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

Step 1. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Wet ingredients in mixing bowl.

Step 2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: milk and 2 large eggs. 

Mixing bowl with wet and dry ingredients.

Step 3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients.

Ingredients combined in mixing bowl.

Step 4. Gradually combine these ingredients together until the mixture is smooth.

Funnel cake batter in oil.

Step 5. Next, add oil to pan and heat. Heat on medium heat until the oil is hot. This takes about 2-4 minutes. Slowly drizzle approximately ½ cup of the batter into the oil.  Create a swirl and crisscross the batter to form the classic look.  You can also use a piping bag for this process. 

Batter fried to perfection.

Step 6. Fry each side until golden brown. It does not take long to cool funnel cake batter.

Funnel cake ready for topping.

Step 7. Remove from skillet once fried until golden brown. Place on a paper towel lined plate. 

Funnel cake topped with powdered sugar.

Step 8. Dust with powder sugar immediately and serve warm. Repeat this process with the remaining batter until all have been created and topped with powdered sugar.

Topping Ideas

This favorite fair treat are so fun with various toppings and everyone can enjoy their favorites. 

Funnel cake with powdered sugar.

Pro Tips

  • You can use a squeeze bottle or piping bag for the batter if you don’t have a funnel. This will help you get the criss-cross pattern in the vegetable oil when pouring the batter.
  • It is not necessary but you can use a deep fryer if you have one. Otherwise, a frying pan is fine to make funnel cakes at home.
  • This homemade fair food treat is best served warm. 

FAQs

Is Funnel Cake the as Fried Dough?

Fried dough is made with a dough type texture that uses yeast for leavening. Funnel cake is made from a pancake type batter. It is a thinner dough than fried dough. Baking powder is the leavening ingredient.

What does Funnel Cake Taste like?

Funnel cakes consist of a sweet batter that tastes like a cross between donuts and cake. They are fried in a zigzag overlapping pattern and served with various toppings. 

This delicious treat can be ready in hardly anytime at all. Make these today for a delicious dessert or snack for your family. They will love having these at home.

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Funnel cake with powdered sugar.
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Funnel Cake Recipe

4.67 from 9 votes
It is easy to make this tasty Funnel cake recipe at home and enjoy a popular State Fair treat any time you want. Top with powdered sugar for a great treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 605

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: milk and 2 large eggs.
  • Slow stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until the mixture is smooth.
  • Heat up vegetable oil in a sauce pan. You will want to line the bottom of the pan with approximately 2″ of oil. Heat on medium heat until the oil is hot (2-4 minutes).
  • Slowly drizzel approximately ½ cup of the batter into the oil. You will want to swirl and criss-cross the batter across each other to form the funnel cake look. You can also use a piping bag for this process.
  • Fry each side of the funnel cake until they are golden brown (60-90 seconds per side).
  • Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel line plate.
  • Dust with powder sugar immediately and serve warm.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining batter until all the funnel cakes are created. The batter makes approximately 4-6 cakes depending on the size of your funnel cakes.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 605kcal, Carbohydrates 58g, Protein 7g, Fat 39g, Saturated Fat 31g, Cholesterol 59mg, Sodium 234mg, Potassium 203mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 145IU, Calcium 97mg, Iron 2mg

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