Funnel Cake Recipe

Everyone loves the funnel cakes from the carnivals and fair. Now you can make them at home with this easy funnel cake recipe that is delicious and can be topped with powdered sugar, fruit, whipped cream, chocolate, caramel or all of the above!

Funnel Cake

Homemade Funnel Cake

It’s no secret that my family loves food. So much of what we do revolves around it, and there are just so many recipes that have become family favorites over the years. This next recipe for Homemade Funnel Cakes happens to be one of those. It’s one we have at least every other month as we gather on Sunday nights to let the cousins play and to have an extended family dinner. We especially crave this mouth-watering Funnel cake recipe in the fall when it cools down, but that doesn’t mean we don’t make them all year long – because we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We’ve been using this Funnel Cakes recipe for as long as I can remember, and it’s something my sister, Kellyn, is usually making for everyone for our Sunday treat. Half of us like it with powdered sugar while the other half loves it with a homemade fudge sauce (being shared later today). Although we don’t go to the fair often to have these guys, it’s a treat we ALWAYS get when we go to Disneyland each year, and I’m happy to say we can still enjoy that treat at home.

Funnel Cake Sauce

Our favorite funnel cake sauce – homemade hot fudge sauce!!

Funnel Cake Ingredients

We love that we always have the ingredients for the funnel cake batter on hand. Yes, that does make it more of a temptation to make often, but they’re worth it!! Here are the basic funnel cake ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • eggs
  • milk
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • flour
  • oil for frying

How to Make Funnel Cake

Once you have the ingredients gathered, making the funnel cakes are fairly simple. Just do the following:

  1. Pour vegetable oil in a frying pan (about 1 inch high) on medium – high heat.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until the batter is smooth.
  3. Pour batter into a funnel or squeeze bottle (if using a funnel, block the tip of it with your finger before pouring). ๐Ÿ˜‰ Position funnel over the hot oil and slowly squeeze batter in a circular and criss-cross motion over the oil OR move your finger so batter comes out in a steady stream. Make circular and crisscross motions to form a funnel cake.
  4. Using tongs, flip the funnel cake so each side is browned. Remove to a paper towel to drain.
  5. Enjoy with desired toppings, such as powdered sugar or chocolate sauce or fruit.

So simple and so delicious!

Tips for Making Funnel Cake:

We’ve been making these for so long that they’ve become go-to treats in the family. We want them to be the same for your family, so here are some of our best tips for making homemade funnel cakes:

  1. The oil needs to be HOT! If you want it to cook properly, be sure to use hot oil so that it cooks quickly and starts to make the funnel cake strands we all know and love.
  2. Squeeze Bottles actually work better than funnels. Find an old ketchup bottle or something similar that is clean that you can pour the batter into. It makes cooking the funnel cakes so much easier. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. Use tongs and a spatula while cooking. Use the tongs to make sure the batter is submerged in the oil and use both the tongs and metal spatula to flip the cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Funnel Cake Recipe

My mouth is watering just looking at this picture! ย With it being fall, you can definitely bet we’ll be making this ASAP (even though we like makingย it all year long.) As I mentioned we are more of the fudge sauce and powdered sugar type, but you can also top it with caramel or add a variety of berries and whipped cream on top. Either way you have it, I promise it will be enjoyed and devoured in about .2 seconds. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Funnel Cake

5 from 8 votes
Bring the state fair home with this Homemade Funnel Cakes recipe, which is a yummy batter that can be topped with hot fudge sauce, caramel, powdered sugar, whatever you like!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 210 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Pour vegetable oil in a frying pan (about 1 inch high) on medium high heat.

  2. Mix ingredients into a smooth batter.
  3. Poor batter into a funnel, blocking the tip of the funnel with your finger. Position funnel over the hot oil and slowly move your finger so batter comes out in a steady stream. Make circular and crisscross motions to form a funnel cake.
  4. Using tongs, flip the funnel cake so each side is browned. Remove to a paper towel to drain.
  5. Enjoy with desired toppings.

Stay tuned later today for the Homemade Fudge Sauce we make to go with it. My hubby eats it straight from the jar when it’s made because it’s just THAT good!!

Bring the state fair home with this Homemade Funnel Cakes recipe! Easy and delicious recipe on { lilluna.com } A yummy batter that can be topped with hot fudge sauce, caramel, powdered sugar, whatever you like!

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My name is Kristyn and Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. YUM! Our family loves funnel cake too, and this is close to the recipe we use ๐Ÿ™‚ Tip for those folks who don’t have a funnel… Pour the batter into a heavy duty zip top bag, snip a small portion off the bottom corner of the bag, and gently squeeze the batter into the hot oil in crosshatches and zigzags for each cake. Super simple and easy cleanup to boot!

  2. I love funnel cakes. It brings such sweet memories of growing up and going to the local fair every year. So much fun!! This will be a great, surprise dessert for my girls this fall. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. Just curious if anyone has any suggestions as to why it doesn’t quite taste like funnel cake at the fairs,etc.
    I followed the recipe exact, but it’s like it’s missing some flavor. Just doesn’t really have the taste I find the events funnel cakes taste like. Want to figure it out. Thanks in advance!!

  4. These are pretty close to tasting authentic. I found that after adding 1 tsp of granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, these are dead on! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  5. I’m absolutely in love with funnel cakes! I usually don’t eat them until the fair comes to town. I’ve been looking for a simple recipe to follow and this is the one! I must ask, how many servings are in this recipe?

  6. Do you have a printed cookbook? If not… you need to!!!! I love your recipes!!! They remind me of my moms cooking!! Thx is for sharing your Hid given talent!!

  7. I know my family is going to be asking me to make this for them all the time now! Sounds like a win/win to me!! Yum!!

  8. I haven’t been to a single faire this year so I missed all the funnel cake…now I can make some at home! Thanks!

  9. I am so excited that I can have these anytime & not have to wait for the fair!! I love adding the hot fudge! These are the best! Thank you!

  10. This was so good and easier than I thought it would be. My kids love it with chocolate sauce, but my husband and I like to put fruit on it.

  11. tHIS FUNNEL CAKE DEFINITELY TAKES ME BACK TO THE FAIR! lOVE THE CHOCOLATE AND POWDERED SUGAR ON TOP. tHE HUBBY LIKES STRAWBERRIES. i LIKE THAT WE BOTH CAN HAVE WHAT WE LOVE ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. We all like funnel cakes. They taste just like the ones at the fair. Warm and crisp with ooey gooey hot fUdge sauce and sometimes a splash of whip cream.

  13. A fairly eaSy dessert thats just like the stuff you get at the fair. The kids love the warmth of this dessert with goOey hot fudge or powdered sugar.