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Homemade Funnel Cakes

Recipe By Melanie Dueck
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July 10th, 2015
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These Homemade Funnel Cakes taste just like the ones you get at the fair and take just 35 minutes to make!

Yield: 8 funnel cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just like at the fair! Delicious!
Texture: Similar to that of a donut.
Ease: Dangerously easy.  You might be making these all the time now!
Appearance: Crazy fun design and beautifully dusted with powdered sugar.
Pros: Quick, simple ingredients, addictively good.
Cons: uh… none!
Would I make this again? You bet!

Homemade Funnel Cakes that taste just like the ones at the fair!

Please welcome back Melanie from Garnish and Glaze as she shares this scrumptious homemade funnel cake recipe! Be sure to visit her mouthwatering blog!

Summer is great because of all the yummy fresh produce but I also love it because it means that  I get to go to fun local outside events… and eat scrumptious food like funnel cakes!

I grew up in St. Louis which has amazing fairs and concerts, many of which are right under the Arch on the riverfront.  One of my favorite things to enjoy while there were funnel cakes.  Once I caught smell of the funnel cakes there was just no passing them up.  Could you?!Homemade Funnel Cakes that taste just like the ones at the fair!

A funnel cake is basically a freshly fried doughnut covered in loads of powdered sugar.  Speaking of the powdered sugar, I’ll just warn you that it can be dangerous to take a deep breath with a fully loaded powdered sugar funnel cake right in your face.  Believe me, I know.  These aren’t the healthiest and I don’t think sugar coating your lungs is good either… but they are sure tasty!  Hey and if you’re topping them with strawberries it’s all good right?Homemade Funnel Cakes that taste just like the ones at the fair!

Funnel cakes are a blast to make and come together super fast.  You make a batter that is similar to pancake batter, put in in a funnel held over a pot of hot oil, and within two to three minutes you’ve got your very own fresh funnel cake.  Eating it is even more fun because you tear it apart piece by piece eating the fun designs and getting your fingers completely coated in powdered sugar.  Yeah, this is something your kids will definitely LOVE.Homemade Funnel Cakes that taste just like the ones at the fair!

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If you’re looking for more fun summer treats with strawberries check out my Strawberry Swiss Roll or Glaze Strawberry Muffins.

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How to make
Homemade Funnel Cakes

Yield: 8 funnel cakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
These Homemade Funnel Cakes taste just like the ones you get at the fair and take just 35 minutes to make!

Ingredients

For the Strawberries:

  • 2 pounds strawberries, quartered
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Funnel Cakes:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' (powdered) sugar

Directions

For the Strawberries:

  1. Place washed and cut berries in a bowl, sprinkle with the sugar, toss, and place in fridge.

For the Funnel Cakes:

  1. Fill 4 quart pot (8-inches in diameter) with 2 inches of vegetable oil and heat to 360 degrees over medium heat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, and sugar together. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until smooth. Mixture should be thin enough to easily go through a small kitchen funnel. Test it over the mixing bowl and if it's too thick, mix in more milk; if too thin, mix in a little more flour.
  3. Place your finger over the bottom of the funnel and fill it with 1/2 cup of batter. Hold the funnel over the pot of hot oil and remove your finger to release the batter into the oil while moving the funnel in a circular motion and then every which way so it's all connected. Fry until golden brown (1-2 minutes), carefully flip with tongs, and fry the second side until golden (about 1 minute). Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with lots of powdered sugar, top with strawberries and enjoy warm.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

About Melanie...

Hi! I'm Melanie, from Garnish and Glaze, momma of one (almost two). I love making delicious food and sharing it with others. Moderation is what I live by so you'll find both healthy and indulgent recipes on my blog (nutrition facts included for all!).

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    Gaby — July 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Ok…this I would not be able to resist!!

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    June @ How to Philosophize with Cake — July 11, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Wow I did not know making funnel cakes was so easy! I will definitely have to try that this summer, it sounds like so much fun! I’d probably top mine with chocolate sauce or at least some chocolate chips…mmmm…. 🙂

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    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu — July 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    WOW! I have never had a funnel cake before but I am so intrigued by them! Your look PERFECT!

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    Alaena — July 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    If you didn’t have a kitchen funnel, would dumping the batter in a ziploc bag and cutting off a corner work instead?

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    Hala — July 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Same question if I don’t have kitchen funnel… seems so delicious.

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    MTG — July 16, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Made these this morning as written. Absolutely easy and delicious. I used a 6 inch saucepan and cooked one cake at a time. Thank you for the recipe.

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    Sweet6 — March 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Looks yum. Will try soon
    For those asking about ziploc I guess it should work. I once got a set at craft store which has small container with spout and a mix. I used up the mix but have the container that I would try with this recipe. So I suppose if you have a creamer with spout it would same way.

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    Jillian — June 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    This recipe was a disaster and extremely watery. Very disappointed. I had to tweak the ingredients to make it usable and edible.

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