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How To Make Funnel Cakes at Home

Who doesn’t love the aroma of freshly made funnel cakes wafting through the air at the fair? The crispy, golden exterior, the tender interior, and that dusting of powdered sugar — it's pure bliss. But what if you could recreate that magic in your own kitchen? With this easy homemade funnel cake recipe, you can bring the joy of the fair right to your doorstep. Let’s dive into the sweet, crispy world of homemade funnel cakes.

funnel cake with powdered sugar and strawberries


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar until well combined.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, whisking continuously until a smooth batter forms. The consistency should be similar to pancake batter. If it's too thick, add a little more milk to thin it out.

  3. Pour vegetable oil into a large, deep skillet or pot until it's about 1 inch deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F (190°C). It's important to maintain this temperature throughout frying.

  4. Once the oil is hot, hold a funnel with your finger over the spout. Ladle about 1/2 cup of batter into the funnel. Position the funnel over the hot oil and remove your finger, allowing the batter to flow into the oil in a circular motion. You can create a freeform pattern or a crisscross design, depending on your preference.

  5. Fry the funnel cake for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until it's golden brown and crispy. Use tongs to carefully flip it halfway through cooking.

  6. Once both sides are golden brown, remove the funnel cake from the oil and transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off any excess oil.

  7. While the funnel cake is still warm, dust it generously with powdered sugar.

Serve immediately and enjoy the nostalgic taste of the fair in the comfort of your own home!


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