Funnel Cake is a fair favorite, but it’s even better made at home! You can enjoy crispy, fried funnel cakes with powdered sugar any time of the year with this easy recipe!

Have fun and great creative, try drizzling with homemade caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce, or your favorite toppings!

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What is a Funnel Cake

If you’ve been wondering “Is funnel cake a cake?”, the answer is no. Funnel cake is a lovely light batter fried until golden brown, most often topped with powdered sugar. It is a sweet and delicious fair food that no one really thinks to make at home, and yet it makes me wonder, why not?!

They are actually incredibly easy to make. If you can stir together a simple batter and heat a bit of oil in a pan, you can make this easy homemade funnel cake recipe!

But why stop there, if you’re suddenly craving all the fair food, try these churros, caramel apples or homemade mini corn dogs. They are sure to satisfy your craving!

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How to Make Funnel Cakes

This recipe makes two large funnel cakes. Because they really need to be eaten fresh, I wanted a small batch that can easily be doubled or tripled when you need it.

  1. Mix together wet ingredients.
  2. Whisk in dry ingredients until completely smooth (per recipe below).
  3. In a pot of hot oil, drizzle batter in thin lines, swirling and overlapping.
  4. Cook just until golden, using tongs to carefully flip.

Remove to a paper towel to drain excess oil.  Dust with powdered sugar, add your toppings of choice, and serve immediately.

funnel cakes with powdered sugar

Best Funnel Cake Toppings

The most difficult thing about making homemade funnel cakes might be deciding what to top them with ;).

Traditionally, they are served with a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. But there are so many fun toppings to try!

  • Fruit: Fresh sliced strawberries, pineapples, or an assortment of berries!
  • Ice Cream: A scoop of your favorite ice cream, like classic vanilla or mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  • Sauce: Drizzle with chocolate sauce, homemade nutella, caramel sauce, or even whipped cream!
  • Sprinkles: Try cinnamon sugar like a churro or classic rainbow sprinkles.

Whatever you choose, just be sure you eat them while they’re fresh and warm!

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Homemade Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake is a fair favorite, but it's even better made at home! You can enjoy crispy, fried funnel cakes with powdered sugar any time of the year with this easy recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 2 cakes

Ingredients  

  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions 

  • In a large liquid measuring cup or batter bowl with a spout, whisk together milk, egg, water and vanilla.
  • Add sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk until combined.
  • Add the flour, and whisk until completely smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium, deep-sided pan or pot, heat 1" of oil to 375°F over medium-high heat. When you put the end of a wooden spoon in the pot and bubbles form around the spoon, it's ready. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Drizzle batter from cup in a thin line, swirling around the pan and overlapping as desired. Cook for 2 minutes or until light golden brown, then flip and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Dust with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and serve. Repeat one more time with the remaining batter.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 247 | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. This is simply Delicious! It’s like bringing a small taste of carnival home :) Love the texture. I added a pinch of allspice and cinnamon for a slightly different flavor. It’s become a family favorite with all the different toppings to choose from ;) Excellent recipe if you follow the steps.5 stars

  2. I added crushed up Oreos to the batter and it was delicious and a family hit. Making again tonight5 stars

  3. Easy delicious recipe. I personally added another tablespoon or 2 of sugar in mines but I loved it. Took me no more than 10 minutes to make.

  4. It was decent, but the funnel cake needed more sweetness. I know that sounds weird because you add powder sugar or other surgery toppings, but I just like a sprinkle of powder sugar and cinnamon on top, but it needed more with this recipe and still was a bit bland. Batter just needed something, whether it’s more sugar, or more vanilla, something was just a bit off. Otherwise, fried up real good and recipe was on point.3 stars

  5. This was an awesome recipe. I was in the mood for something sweet and crunchy and this hit the spot!! Today was my daughter’s first time trying a funnel cake and she is in heaven!!5 stars

  6. Too easy, and too good. It was my husband’s first (he’s Norwegian and we live in Norway) and he is a big fan! I didn’t read carefully, and used all the batter at once instead of dividing it up into two “cakes”, but it didn’t matter in the end…it was just less squiggly. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars