You can enjoy classic fried Fair food at home with this easy Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix recipe. It’s a fun treat you can make in minutes.

Funnel Cake topped with fruit and whipped cream.
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Do you love going to carnivals and fairs to eat the yummy food? I have a really easy recipe that you can make at home. The entire family loves my Funnel Cake Recipe, but I wanted to make it even easier using pancake mix!

Everyone declared it a success! From the golden-brown outside to the soft and fluffy center, each bite didn’t disappoint. It is one of the Best Funnel Cake Recipes.

Why We Love This Recipe

Since the recipe uses pancake mix, it’s very simple. With only a few ingredients, this treat comes together effortlessly. It’s such an easy to way enjoy funnel cakes at home without the high price tag of Fair food.

Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe - pancake mix, vanilla, vegetable oil, powdered sugar.
  • Buttermilk Pancake Mix. You can use any brand based on preference.
  • Vanilla Extract. Always use pure vanilla extract.
  • Vegetable Oil. This is a good oil for frying.
  • Powdered Sugar. Everyone loves this sprinkled on top when serving.

Find the complete ingredients at the bottom of the post.

Step By Step Instructions

Bowl with pancake mix, sugar, vanilla.

Step 1. Use a large mixing bowl and whisk together the pancake mix, sugar and vanilla extract.  

Water gradually added to bowl and combined.

Step 2. Gradually stir the water into the mixture until it’s the desired consistency.

Oil in skillet.

Step 3. Add about 2 inches of oil into the skillet or Dutch oven. Make sure you use enough oil. Heat on medium heat until the oil is hot. This will take approx 2-4 minutes.

Batter in hot oil frying.

Step 4. Next, carefully drizzle about half cup of the batter into the hot oil. In order to get the funnel cake shape, you will need to swirl and criss-cross the batter. You can also use a piping bag.

Funnel cake in hot oil.

Step 5. Allow each side to fry until golden brown. It does not take long. Only about 60-90 seconds per side. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Funnel Cake with cake mix on plates topped with powdered sugar.

Step 6. Finally, remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Funnel Cakes with powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Storage

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Funnel Cake with whipped cream and berries.

Toppings

Pro Tips

  • Drizzle the batter easily. You can use a piping bag to easily zig zag the batter. If you don’t have one, use a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off.
  • Carefully turn the funnel cake. Use tongs to carefully turn the funnel cake while cooking to avoid hot oil splashing.
  • Dutch Oven for frying. If you prefer, you can use a Dutch Oven. Just make sure there is enough oil.
  • Double the recipe. This recipe is easy to double if you are feeding a larger crowd.
  • Serve while fresh. These are best served warm as soon as you cook them.

More Easy Funnel Cake Recipes

Everyone will love this easy Funnel Cake recipe with cake mix. Try it today and come back to leave a star recipe rating and comment. It always brightens my day to hear from you.

Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

5 from 1 vote
You can enjoy classic fried Fair food at home with this easy Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix recipe. It's a fun treat you can make in minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 85

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the pancake mix, sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Slow stir the water into the mixture until you get the dissed consistency that is easy to pour.
  • Heat up vegetable oil in a saucepan. 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 drizzle 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 lined plate.
  • Dust with powdered 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!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 85kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 3g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 166mg, Potassium 66mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 81IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 71mg, Iron 0.4mg

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I’m on a mission to help you create delicious desserts on a budget and do not require a ton of time. Together, we are going to make something sweet that the entire family will love!

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  1. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    Love being able to make these at home. So easy using pancake mix!