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How to Make Funnel Cake

How to Make Funnel Cake

Learn how to make your own carnival-worthy Funnel Cakes at home with just a handful of ingredients!

This is a super simple recipe that can be made in under 20 minutes without a deep fryer.

2 cups all-purpose flour 250g
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk 236ml¹(see note!)
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
Vegetable oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting funnel cakes

00:00 Introduction
00:30 In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well-combined.
00:52 In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract (if using) until well-combined.
01:24 While whisking, gradually add dry ingredients to wet, stirring until mixture is smooth and combined (see note about milk!). Set aside.
01:49 Fill a medium-sized saucepan 2-3” deep with vegetable oil. Set on stovetop over medium-low heat and place a candy thermometer in the oil (make sure the tip of the thermometer is in the middle of the oil and not touching the bottom or it will read hotter than the actual temperature of the oil). Heat oil to 370-375F (187-190C).
02:45 Once oil is heated, portion about 1/3 – ½ cup of batter into a measuring cup with a spout. Slowly drizzle batter into oil, swirling and criss-crossing the batter over itself. Fry on each side until golden brown (about 90 seconds per side) then remove to a paper-towel lined plate.
04:12 Repeat with remaining batter but make sure that oil returns to temperature in between batches.
04:19 Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

¹You can see me on camera making this recipe with the exact ingredient quantities listed. I tested this recipe over a dozen times with the ingredients as written. However, sometimes the batter comes out too thick for people. If your batter is thicker than shown in the video, add additional milk as needed until it reaches a pourable consistency like shown in the video.