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Easy Funnel Cakes

Easy Funnel Cakes

easy funnel cake recipe








It’s State Fair season around these parts!!! Yayy!! I’m not going to the state fair this year but when I was growing up we went often and I LOVED it! All that weird food that my mother wouldn’t dare make for us. Pure heaven.

The last time I went to the state fair was probably 2 years ago and I was dreaming of that fried, artery clogging food many days before.

Hot funnel cakes, seasoned fried turkey legs, huge roasted ears of corn, sweet fried oreos…ahhh…those are just a few of my favorite carnival/ fair foods that I eat once a year, if that. Since I won’t be going to the State Fair this year I thought I’d bring it to me by whipping up some of my favorite fair foods, starting with the beloved funnel cake!

I’ve made funnel cakes on my blog before a few years ago. I actually have 3 funnel cake recipes that I like to make and will be listing the last one (my favorite) next month. My husband loved this recipe and he’s not a big funnel cake lover like me.

I like this funnel cake recipe because it’s easy, yummy, straight forward and gets me my funnel cake fix in a hurry.

If you’ve never had a funnel cake then…then just bless your heart. They are so good. Think of hot, pillowy soft waffles topped with powdered sugar. I prefer my funnel cakes plain, with just powdered sugar, but occasionally I’ll opt for the strawberry and cream version, fried apple or chocolate syrup on top.

Watch me make these easy funnel cakes from start to finish!

5.0 from 14 reviews
Funnel Cakes
Serves: 3
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoon white sugar
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  • strawberries, sliced (optional)
  • cool whip (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat brown sugar, white sugar, milk and egg until well blended.
  3. Add half of the flour mixture into the egg mixture, beating just until incorporated and then beat in the other half of mixture.
  4. Let the funnel cake mixture rest for about 10 minutes. Pour the batter into a liquid measuring cup to make it easier to pour into the funnel. Prepare your desired topping while waiting like slicing strawberries, etc)
  5. Heat oil in a skillet to about 365 to 370 degrees.
  6. Pour a third of the mixture into a funnel. Use your finger to cover the end of the funnel.
  7. Hold the end of the funnel close to the oil and then remove your finger.
  8. Quickly make circles in the oil using a spiraling motion.
  9. Fry until lightly golden, about 1-3 minutes and then flip. Fry the other side until golden.
  10. Remove funnel cake from the oil and let drain on a paper towel.
  11. Garnish and serve immediately with powdered sugar, strawberries and cool whip.
~TIPS~ Make sure oil is just right (between 365-370 degrees) If oil is too hot, cakes will burn. Too cold, cakes will be greasy and soggy. Serve these funnel cakes hot out of the oil. Cold funnel cakes suck! Top with fresh fruits, canned fruits in syrup, or chocolate. Powdered sugar is a MUST always.


  1. I purchased my son a funnel cake maker, and I must say… Your recipe was so quick and easy… Thank you so much. They were so good. I’m used to tasting vanilla flavoring in them, but the brown sugar did the trick.

    In my singing voice. ..AWESOME!!!

    Next recipe is your banana bread! Blessings to you!

  2. I love funnel cakes and like you can’t wait to enjoy them at local fest and carnivals but it’s a real let down to be told “sorry, we’ve run out”—-thanks to you I don’t have to worry about going home empty handed again, this was a great recipe, my family and I really enjoyed it, I’m glad I found your YouTube channel and followed your link!!!!!

  3. Hi Monique, I want to take the time out to say: Thank You. Thank you very much for these delicious recipes. I have purchased two of your cookbook and they were worth every penny.

    I have a favor to ask you Monique, can you please create a recipe that will give birth to “The Best Peach Cobbler” ever. I’m talking the one with the thick but not so thick flaky crust with the right amount of filling that’s not runny

  4. OMG!!!!! I made this for my brother who was home from Uni. I was nervous to make it but it was a smash!!!!! Great recipe and instructions. I absolutely love your website. Thank you loads xoxo

  5. This recipe is so, so DELICIOUS! My dad LOVES this funnel cake recipe. If you have a strawberry cake recipe, please do share. Thank you

  6. You mentioned in your post you would be posting your favourite funnel cake recipe the next month which would have been October 2012. I couldn’t find it. Could you point me in the right direction please? Thank you so much for all the great work

  7. oh my i had been looking for a funnel cake recipe cause hubby wanted some and i was about to make another one but i found this one so i went with it best decision ever they came out perfect and delishhh will be making again soon.

  8. I found you just 3 days ago! I’ve made these funnel cakes twice! They were scrumptious,easy and absolutely my family loved them! We’d just visited the TX State Fair on Saturday and of course had a funnel cake! By Sunday morning we all wanted another State Fair funnel cake and I searched the Internet for a recipe and found you! I know you KNOW you have a GOD given gift! I’ve been on your site for 3 days!!!! As I type this I’m eating your “grilled cheese sandwich”AWESOME!!! Now Im a good cook too and I’ve never heard of putting mayo on a sandwich….it’s perfect! Can’t wait till my kiddos get home from school cuz they’re gonna have grilled cheese and your banana nut bread

  9. hey monique! love your blog and youtube channel!

    i just made these for my little sisters and my neighbor. my sisters loved them and my neighbor called me to say how good these were!

    thanks :-)

  10. I just tried this recipe and it is SO GOOD! yummmmmmmmmm thank you so much and it was so easy. my only thing was I found it a bit thick so I added more milk until I had the consistency I liked

  11. wow this looks amazing… gonna try it soon:) hats off diva !

  12. My 8 year old grandson and I made this together. He later made a comment that brought me to tears. He said that the funnel cakes we made tasted better than the ones at the state fair. After eating three cakes, he stated that they were “soooo good”! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!

  13. Do u really need to use crisp butter r u can use regular butter plz hook me back!!!!!!! Tks

  14. This was a big hit! Family and friends loved it, and they couldn’t stop eating it. Followed the recipe and I just added blueberries (cheesecake topping in a can), followed by strawberries and whipped cream!
    Thank you for sharing this delish recipe.

  15. Thanks for this recipe, it’s so delicious! :D

  16. Would this turn out the same if i use a deep fryer?

  17. This looks fantastic. Look forward to tryiing this recipe out with my daughter. We shared your recipe with our readers at http://www.vinniecooks.com

  18. wow that looks really good. I’m going to try it later :)

  19. My daughter (5 years old) and I made your delicious funnel cakes. We followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect.

  20. One thing to do for a quick, less mess way to get the batter into the oil is to get an empty ketchup bottle, or one of the red or yellow concession stand bottles with the tip cut partway off, fill it with batter, and squirt. Works like a charm, and it’s easier to stop than an actual funnel or the measuring cup.

  21. god that looks so good

  22. Hey Diva, your recipes are always delicious. I use your recipe to make these also….I always have butter flavored shortening on hand just in case I wanted them. I use fried apples on top of mine. Sooooo yummy….Thumbs up to you.

  23. These look like a real treat!

  24. Made these last night and they came out wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe next time we’ll have to try it with the strawberries that look’s yummy.

  25. Looks so delicious will make soon..Thanks Diva

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