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How to Make Funnel Cake

How to Make Funnel Cake – It’s easy to make everyone’s favorite sweet county fair treat at home with this fun recipe! These carnival-style funnel cakes are crisp and chewy, and perfect to dust with powdered sugar.

Top down view funnel cake coated with powdered sugar on a plate.

The Best Homemade Funnel Cakes

Warm, crisp, and chewy funnel cakes are one of the most nostalgic treats of all time! If you close your eyes, I bet you can even smell the oil and powdered sugar right now…

Usually you have to wait to visit a carnival or amusement park to enjoy funnel cake. But they are actually easy to make at home! The recipe base is essentially a thin pancake batter, which is dripped into hot oil to quickly fry golden. Fair-real, they are as fun to make as they are tasty to enjoy!

Our nearly foolproof classic Funnel Cake recipe includes the best tips to make these goodies for any occasion, including how to get those perfect squiggles. PLUS, we share top options for add-ins and delicious toppings. Make a batch for your next party – they are sure to be a hit with everyone!

Side view of funnel cake on a plate, dusted with powdered sugar.

Ingredients You Need

  • All-purpose flour – or your preferred baking flour
  • Sugargranulated
  • Baking powderfor that fluffy cake-like texture
  • Salt just a pinch
  • Milkwhole is best, but low fat will do
  • Eggsto get a soft and chewy dough
  • Vanilla extractthe ultimate sweet flavor enhancer
  • Fry oilvegetable, peanut, or other high heat and neutral-flavored oil for frying

Plus powdered sugar to dust and your favorite funnel cake toppings. Of course!

Side view of fair treat on a plate with bite taken out.

How to Make Funnel Cakes from Scratch

Set a large 6-8 quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, and clip a cooking thermometer to the side of the pot. Make sure the tip of the thermometer is down in the oil. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Set a paper towel-lined tray to the side for the finished funnel cakes.

Pro Tip: If you plan to make a large batch and want to keep them all warm, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and set aside a baking pan with a wire rack on top.

Meanwhile, set out a mixing bowl. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, and vanilla.

Top view white mixing bowl with flour, milk, and eggs.

Whisk well, until the mixture is completely smooth. (No clumps.)

White mixing bowl with thin batter and wire metal whisk.

Pour the batter into a squirt bottle. Pro Tip: You can cut the tip of the squirt bottle to make the batter come out easier.

Alternatively, you can pour the batter in a plastic Ziploc bag, and snip the tip like a piping bag.

Get the Complete (Printable) Funnel Cake Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Floral squeeze bottle filled with batter, funnel in the background and cap next to the bottle.

Once the oil reaches the right temperature, squirt the batter into the hot oil. Move fast, making a 6-inch circle, then filling it in with small circles or zig zags. The temperature will come down as the cake cooks.

Adjust the temperature as needed, to keep it around 350 degrees F. 

Fry the funnel cake for only 30-60 seconds per side, flipping once. Try to pull each funnel cake out of the oil when it reaches a light honey color, or it will cool and be too crispy.

Crispy fried batter cakes on paper towel lined baking pan.

Let the fried funnel cakes sit on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to absorb any excess oil.

Keep them warm for longer: After they have sat on the paper towels for a minute or two, move the cakes to the wire rack on top of the second baking sheet. Place in the 200 degree F preheated oven.

Top view plain fried funnel cake on a green plate.

Once all the funnel cakes are ready, give them a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Serve warm and fresh as-is or with other tasty carnival toppings.

Powdered sugar coated fair funnel cake on a green plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make gluten-free funnel cakes?

Use your preferred gluten-free all-purpose flour.

What other add-ins can be used to make the funnel cake batter?

Give the cakes a kick by adding a generous pinch of cinnamon, apple pie spice, instant coffee granules, or strawberry extract to the batter before frying.

What are the best funnel cake toppings?

Besides the obvious powdered sugar, there are several other sweet goodies you can load onto your fair-tastic funnel cakes! Try fresh sliced strawberries or other fruits, whipped cream, caramel sauce or chocolate sauce, or canned pie fillings like cherry and strawberry.

How long do leftovers keep well?

Homemade funnel cakes taste best when enjoyed fresh and warm. However, they will keep well for up to 3 days at room temperature in an airtight container. If you need to stack them to store, place a square of parchment paper between each layer.

They can even be frozen! Let the cakes cool, then wrap individually in plastic cling wrap. Place them all together in a plastic Ziploc bag, and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Top view carnival funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar on a green plate.

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How to Make Funnel Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
It's easy to make everyone's favorite sweet fair treat at home with this fun funnel cake recipe! These carnival-style funnel cakes are crisp and chewy, and perfect to dust with powdered sugar or load with other tasty toppings.
Servings: 8 cakes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set a large 6-8 quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, and clip a cooking thermometer to the side of the pot. Make sure the tip of the thermometer is down in the oil. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Set a paper towel lined tray to the side for the finished funnel cakes.
  • Meanwhile, set out a mixing bowl. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk well, until the mixture is completely smooth. (No clumps.) Pour the batter into a squirt bottle. You can cut the tip of the squirt bottle to make the batter come out easier.
  • Once the oil reaches the right temperature, squirt the batter into the hot oil. Move fast, making a 6 inch circle, then filling it in with small circles or zig zags. The temperature will come down as the cake cook. Adjust the temperature as needed, to keep it around 350 degrees F.
  • Fry the funnel cake for 30-60 seconds per side, flipping once. Try to pull each funnel cake out of the oil when it reaches a light honey color, or it will cool and be too crispy.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter refilling the squirt bottle as needed. Once all the funnel cakes are ready, give them a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. Serve warm and fresh.

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Notes

Possible Add-Ins – Cinnamon, apple pie spice, instant coffee granules, strawberry extract.
Besides the obvious powdered sugar, there are several other sweet goodies you can load onto your fair-tastic funnel cakes! Try fresh sliced strawberries or other fruits, whipped cream, caramel sauce or chocolate sauce, or canned pie fillings like cherry and strawberry.
Homemade funnel cakes taste best when enjoyed fresh and warm. However, they will keep well for up to 3 days at room temperature in an airtight container. If you need to stack them to store, place a square of parchment paper between each layer.
They can even be frozen! Let the cakes cool, then wrap individually in plastic cling wrap. Place them all together in a plastic ziploc bag, and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 175mg, Potassium: 132mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 109IU, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “How to Make Funnel Cake”

  1. Pingback: How do you make a homemade funnel cake? – Microwave Recipes

  2. I haven’t had one of these in a long time and now I can make it at home whenever I want! thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh my goodness! This funnel cake is absolutely amazing! YUM!

  4. I feel like these are as fun to make as they are to eat! Also…Now I want to go to the fair. :) Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. Thank you for the recipe, I’ll be making it this weekend for my grandchildren.