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Easy homemade funnel cakes
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5 from 3 votes

Funnel Cakes

These homemade funnel cakes are super easy to make using everyday ingredients you probably already have at home. They are much much cheaper than the ones you get at the amusement parks, and they are fun to make! Top them with powdered sugar, fruit, or other toppings and enjoy! If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Cooling Time5 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Cakes, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy, crunchy, Disneyland, sweet, theme parks
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Tongs
  • Wire rack


  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose/plain flour 180g
  • 3 Tbsp. of white granulated sugar 38g
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt less than 1 g
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder 6g
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2ml
  • 1/2 cup of milk whole, 2%, 1%, skim, almond, etc. (120ml)
  • 1/2 cup of water 120ml
  • Powdered sugar for dusting and other toppings
  • Oil for frying vegetable, coconut, canola, etc.


  • Add enough oil to a large pot to be 1 to 1.5 inches deep. Set the burner on the stovetop to medium heat and bring the oil temp up to 350 F/176 C. Medium-high heat will heat the oil faster.
  • Make the batter by whisking together the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. In a separate larger bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, water, and vanilla extract.
    Mix in the flour mixture half of it at a time until all incorporated and the batter is complete. The consistency will be runny but not as runny as crepe batter and not as thick as American pancake batter.
  • Pour the batter into a liquid measuring cup. Use a funnel with a diameter spout between 7/16 and 1/2 inches. Place your index finger over the hole of the funnel to plug it up. Pour about 1/2 cup worth of funnel cake batter into the funnel.
    Hold your finger and funnel about 1 inch away from the top of the hot oil, remove your finger and allow the batter to drain into the oil. Quickly move the funnel around in circles and zig zags as the batter falls into the oil.
  • Cook each side of the funnel cake for 45 seconds to 1 and 1/2 minutes. Or until each side is golden brown. Each one will take 3 to 4 minutes in total. Flip it over with tongs to cook the other side. Once done, hold it above the oil to drain for a few seconds then place it on a wire rack to drain and dry and cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Dust the top with powdered sugar, add fruit, Nutella, strawberry syrup, etc. Then enjoy!



The nutritional facts will vary, these are based on funnel cake with just some powdered sugar on top. 
Nutritional facts for funnel cakes