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How to make Funnel Cakes at home
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How to Make Funnel Cakes

Recipe for How to Make Funnel Cake at home that's simple & delicious! Simple pantry ingredients combine to make these fun homemade funnel cakes. Come see how easy they are to make! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Funnel Cakes recipe
Servings: 3 funnel cakes
Calories: 566kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil FOR FRYING
  • Powdered sugar

Topping options

  • Ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberries
  • Cookies
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Marshmallow dip


  • In a medium bowl stir together dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl whisk together wet ingredients: milk, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, stirring until completely smooth.
  • Heat a deep saucepan or medium sized frying pan filled halfway with oil to 375°F. I heat my pan over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat once the temp is reached. It's important to maintain the temperature, so use a cooking thermometer to test the oil, increasing or decreasing heat as needed.
  • Once the oil is heated, drizzle the batter into the oil in a thin stream. For this step you can use a medium size funnel or a drizzle bag.
  • Funnel Cake-You want to swirl and overlap the batter over itself in a criss-cross style. For this step you can use a medium size funnel or a drizzle bag.
  • Funnel fries -  You want to do small swirls in a line that is overlapping the batter itself.
  • Once one side is a nice golden color flip it over with tongs. Do the same to the other side for about a minute or so. Be careful when flipping so it does not cause oil to splash.
  • After both sides are a golden color remove to a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Dusted it with powdered sugar and add any toppings you want. Best served while still warm!


Do not allow the oil to get too hot because the funnel cake will fall apart. So, bringing and maintaining the oil at 375 degree F is important so you get the golden color and stratifying crunch.   
While you are pouring or squeezing the batter over the oil make sure you are not holding it too far away from the oil because the batter is less likely to stick together. 
Nutritional facts are for each serving. Recipe yields 3 large funnel cakes. (that, in our family, serve 6-7.) Toppings not included in nutritional facts. 


Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 5mg