Funnel Cake Recipe


These fair funnel cakes are fried to golden perfection and generously dusted with powdered sugar and are super easy to make at home.

Each year when the carnival rolls into town, Zach and I live for funnel cake. When we lived in our old house, we would walk to the carnival every evening at twilight just to hit up the funnel cake stand and walk back home with a giant, greasy plate of fried dough (buried beneath a literal mountain of slowly-melting powdered sugar, of course).

This year, we’re in a new town with a new carnival (that’s not within walking distance) and nightly funnel cake walks are a little less doable. We’ll still venture out (and probably more than once), but until then we’re making funnel cakes at home. And, guess what, it’s actually very easy!

Funnel cakes are made of a simple pancake-esque batter that’s drizzled into a pot of hot oil. The batter takes literally less than 5 minutes to stir together, and the frying process is also only a few-minute affair. Oh, and if you don’t have an actual funnel, that’s not even a problem, I’ll tell you how to make funnel cake without one.


Funnel Cake Recipe

These fair funnel cakes are fried to golden perfection and generously dusted with powdered sugar and are super easy to make at home.

  • 13 Ingredients
  • Prep Time 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time 30 Minutes
  • Total Time 45 minutes
  • Calories 440 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Optional: strawberry syrup
  • Optional: chocolate syrup
  • Garnish: fresh fruit


  1. Preheat a deep fryer, electric skillet, or deep-sided open skillet to 365 F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt; set aside. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, water, butter, and vanilla extract. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and lump-free. The consistency should be thin.
  3. Place a finger over the bottom opening of a funnel, and fill the funnel with 1/2 to 2/3 cup of batter. Hold the funnel close to the surface of the oil, making sure not to touch the surface. Then, remove your finger and pour the batter into the oil making continuous circles of different sizes. Fry until light golden brown on one side and then, using tongs, turn the cake over and fry for 45 more seconds.
  4. Pull the cake out of the fryer and place it on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with sifted confectioners’ sugar and/or drizzle with strawberry or chocolate sauce, if desired. You can also add fresh fruit right before serving if desired


If you do not have a squeeze bottle the old fashion funnel method can be used.. Place your finger over the hole of the funnel and fill the funnel with batter. Slowly drizzle batter into hot oil until the funnel cake is desired size . 

For this recipe you will need a few things while this recipe can be made without these items they just make the process easier.

  • Funnel
  • 6 In Egg Ring-Optional but very helpful
  • Condiment Squeeze Bottle
  • Oil Thermometer
  • metal tongs

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