Homemade Funnel Cakes Recipe

Homemade Funnel Cakes Recipe

25 mins
Vadim Rachok
07.12.2023
24.04.2024
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Funnel cake is beloved for its crisp, golden exterior and fluffy interior. It is an irresistible treat with an airy texture, often dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon, creating a delightful flavor. This classic fair food is a super dish for its simplicity and nostalgic appeal, evoking fond memories of fun fairs and amusement parks. Our funnel cake recipe allows you to make an old-fashioned treat at home in just 25 minutes.

Homemade Funnel Cakes are a nostalgic delight that brings the joy of the fairgrounds straight to your kitchen. The golden, crispy exterior paired with the fluffy inside creates a sensory experience that's hard to resist. This recipe not only captures the essence of a classic fair treat but also allows you to unleash your creativity with various toppings, making it a fun and delicious activity for the whole family. Enjoy the taste of tradition and create your own fair atmosphere at home!

What Is a Funnel Cake?

Funnel cake is a popular fried dessert made from a simple batter that is poured into hot oil through a funnel. As a result, you get golden-brown cakes with a crunchy exterior and a soft, airy inside. Funnel cakes are a favorite at fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks.

Despite the frying involved, making funnel cakes is actually a quick process with simple steps. The dough usually consists of basic ingredients you would find around the house, such as flour, eggs, sugar, milk, baking powder, and cinnamon. All you need to do is to mix them together to create a smooth consistency. The dough is then poured into hot oil in a circular motion and fried until golden and crispy. 

Decorating is the fun part of making funnel cakes! Typically, they are served sprinkled with powdered sugar or topped with various sweet additions such as fruit, chocolate, or whipped cream. This versatility allows for creativity, making them a delightful treat to enjoy at home with your friends or family.

How to Make Funnel Cake

The funnel cake recipe is easy to make and involves using basic ingredients. The preparation process will take only 25 minutes. Let’s take a look at the main steps of the recipe and the required ingredients.

Funnel Cake Ingredients

  • Oil:  The oil is used to fry the funnel cakes. It also provides a crispy crust.
  • Milk: Milk lends moisture, ensuring a perfectly tender funnel cake.
  • Eggs: Eggs act as a binder for the batter. You need lust 2 eggs.
  • Flour: Four helps to create structure in the funnel cake batter.
  • Baking powder: Use baking powder as the main leavener to help the batter rise.
  • Vanilla sugar and Brown sugar: Vanilla and brown sugar provide sweetness to the cake, enhancing its flavor and making it enjoyable to eat.
  • Salt:  Salt enhances the overall flavor of the cake by balancing sweetness
  • Powdered sugar and Cinnamon: Decorate your funnel cakes with powdered sugar and cinnamon before serving.

How to Make Funnel Cakes

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Here’s a quick overview of what to anticipate when making homemade funnel cakes:

  1. First, break the eggs into a bowl and beat with a whisk. 
  2. Then, add brown sugar, salt, and vanilla sugar and mix.
  3. Add the milk and beat until smooth. 
  4. Then, mix the flour with the baking powder. 
  5. Add the flour to the egg mixture in several stages and mix well.  
  6. Next, pour the butter into a cornet (pastry bag) or a bottle with a thin spout. 
  7. Place a saucepan of oil on the stove and heat to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  8. Pour the butter into the oil in a funnel shape, 1-1,4 ounces (30-40 g) on average, but you can adjust the shape yourself.  
  9. Fry for 30 seconds on one side, then turn and fry for another 30 seconds on the other side. The color should be golden.
  10. Then, transfer the cake to a napkin to remove excess fat.
  11. Sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • The perfectly cooked batter should drip from the whisk in a steady stream. 
  • It is perfect to serve with berry or chocolate sauce. 
  • Do not fry the batter for too long to prevent it from becoming bitter. 

How to Store a Funnel Cake​

Funnel cakes are most enjoyable when served fresh. Therefore, it is best to eat them immediately after frying. However, if you want to store them, put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Then, use the oven instead of the microwave to reheat them and restore their crispiness.

Can You Freeze Funnel Cake?

Homemade funnel cakes can be frozen for up to three months. Freeze them in individual containers. Also, it is better to sprinkle them with powdered sugar for an added touch after they are thawed and reheated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make funnel cakes without a funnel?

There are two of the best ways to make funnel cakes without a funnel. The first method involves using a measuring cup. Just pour butter in a thin stream into the hot oil. The second method is suitable for you if you have a piping bag fitted. It will allow you to pipe butter into the oil easily.

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What oil is best to use?

Use any neutral oil. For example, vegetables, canola, or peanut oil all work great for this recipe.

Which topping can I use to decorate funnel cake?

You can use fruits, ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or caramel sauce.

This cookie, of course, cannot be classified as a healthy dish, as it is a true carbohydrate and fat bomb. A vast amount of total fat, as well as saturated fats in combination with fast-acting carbohydrates and a large amount of sugar, prevent me from recommending this cookie. Even in small quantities, if you fit it into your calorie intake and do not gain weight, it is still not the best dessert option for our health.

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Homemade Funnel Cakes Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Easy-to-make funnel cake recipe: an old-fashioned treat at home!
how to make funnel cake recipe
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
4
The ingredients you need:
7 ounces (200 g) flour
6,4 ounces (180 g) milk
2 pcs eggs
0,4 ounces (10 g) powdered sugar
0,07 ounces (2 g) ground cinnamon
0,1 ounces (3 g) baking powder
0,3 ounces (8 g) vanilla sugar
1,4 ounces (40 g) brown sugar
34 fluid ounces (1 l) oil for frying
0,04 ounces (1 g) salt
Let’s start !
1

Break the eggs into a bowl and beat with a whisk. 

2

Add brown sugar, salt, and vanilla sugar and mix.

3

Add the milk and beat until smooth. 

4

Mix the flour with the baking powder. 

5

Add the flour to the egg mixture in several stages and mix well. 

6

Pour the butter into a cornet (pastry bag) or a bottle with a thin spout.

7

Place a saucepan of oil on the stove and heat to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C).

8

Pour the butter into the oil in a funnel shape, 1-1,4 ounces (30-40 g) on average, but you can adjust the shape yourself.  

9

Fry for 30 seconds on one side, then turn and fry for another 30 seconds on the other side. The color should be golden.

10

Transfer to a napkin to remove excess fat.

11

Sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 1376
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g42%
Saturated Fat 5g26%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 303mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 50g18%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Total Sugars 18g 
Protein 8g 
Vitamin C 0mg1%
Calcium 122mg9%
Iron 2mg13%
Potassium 160mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of flavor, add a touch of vanilla extract to the batter. Just a teaspoon or two can elevate the overall taste, giving your homemade funnel cakes a subtle, aromatic twist. Vanilla complements the sweetness of the powdered sugar and enhances the richness of the batter. Experiment with different extracts like almond or citrus for a unique flavor profile that will make your funnel cakes stand out even more.

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