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The Perfect Homemade Funnel Cakes

Updated: Sep 7, 2021

Funnel cakes are a fair favorite, but it’s even better when you make them at home! You can enjoy crispy yet fluffy fried funnel cakes with your own personal toppings any time of the year with this easy recipe! It is the most fun and easy dessert you can ever imagine!

While scrolling through Facebook, like I do every night, I came across a post about a special funnel cake pitcher. It is used to easily poor the batter into the hot oil to get the perfect funnel cake. I used to love getting funnel cakes from the county fair every year and have missed going and getting all of the delicious fried food. It makes my mouth water just thing of them now. I knew I had to try it! I know the traditional way to make funnel cakes from home it to just use a plastic bag with a slit in the corner and throw it away afterwards, but that is such a waste and I wanted to know if it really did make a difference. I created my own recipe and worked on it until I had the perfect combination of sweet and fluffiness. This made for a very happy husband as he got to help me test it out all of the different recipes. We finally found just the right combination to make the perfect homemade funnel cakes! Sweet Jacob even wanted me to include a quote from him.

The best homemade funnel cake I have ever had! -My Husband (Jacob)

I knew as soon as we tried the most recent recipe that it was time to share it with everyone else. I had never even thought of making funnel cakes from home until before all of this. Nothing could ever compete with the funnel cakes I remembered from the fair, but this does! It is a great treat for parties or showing off to your friends when they come over for dinner. It might seem complicated from the outside, but the truth is that is honestly very simple and oh so delectable. It can also be customized to each person's individual preference when it comes to toppings! How could you not love it?!?

The Perfect Homemade Funnel Cakes

Adelaide Brockway

PREP TIME-6 minutes COOK TIME-4 minutes TOTAL TIME-10 minutes

SERVINGS-4 cakes


Funnel Cake-

  • 1/2 Cups if Milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 Tablespoons of Water

  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

  • 3 Tablespoons of Granulated Sugar

  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

  • 1/4 teaspoons of salt

  • 1 Cup of All Propose Flour

  • Canola Oil (amount depends on size of pot)

Recommended Toppings-

  • 6 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar

  • Strawberries

  • Ice Cream

Other Possible Toppings-

  • Syrup

  • Blueberries

  • Whipped Cream

  • Chocolate Sauce

  • Caramel Sauce

  • Whatever You Want!


  • In a medium sized pot begin to heat 1 and a half inch of oil to 375°F over medium/high heat.

  • In a large measuring bowl, whisk together milk, egg, water, and vanilla.

  • Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then whisk until combined.

  • Add the flour and whisk until your batter is completely smooth.

  • Once the oil has reached 375°F reduce it heat to medium heat.

  • Poor the mix into your funnel cake pitcher or plastic bag and snip the corner of the bag so the mix can pour out in a medium stream.

  • Drizzle batter in a thin line, swirling around in the oil and overlapping so the funnel cake will stay together.

  • Cook for 2 minutes or until light golden brown, then flip and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Repeat drizzling in batter and cooking the funnel cakes until you run out of batter.

  • Dust with powdered sugar or any of your preferred toppings.

  • Enjoy!

I tried making this recipe with both the funnel cake pitcher and a plastic bag to pour the batter into the hot oil. They both worked, however, I do have to admit that the funnel cake pitcher did work better. It made a more even stream of batter as it came out whereas the plastic bag left me with a few really thin pieces that fried faster than the rest. The pitcher was also nice because it made it quicker and less messy when it came to stopping the flow of the batter and setting it down to flip the funnel cake over. Overall I found that either way you will get a delicious funnel cake in the end. If you are interested in the funnel cake pitcher I will link it down below. It does come with a funnel cake mix, however I didn't like it as much as the homemade batter. I hope you enjoy your prefect funnel cakes!

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