Funnel Cake (Fried Dough) Recipe

homemade funnel cake and a bowl of strawberries

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I have a confession… I only go to the fair for the food. All that fried, yummy, not at all healthy for you goodness.. I can eat it all (except the donut burger — I can’t get up the courage to try that one, though I’ve heard it’s delicious). Aside from fried oreos, funnel cakes (also called fried dough) are at the very tippy top of my must-eat list. That powdered sugar covered, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside deliciousness is something dreams are made of. For years, I’ve been buying the boxed funnel cake mix. It’s easy and most only require you to add water and stir. But recently, without a box available, and our funnel cake craving growing by the day, we decided to try to make them from scratch. I honestly can’t believe how easy it was and how incredibly delicious they turned out.

Like most recipes we share, we go through a trial and error stage. We make the recipe, figure out what we could have done better, or what we didn’t need and then we tweak it and make it again the following day.

On day 1, we found the batter to be lumpy and not pourable. While it tasted delicious (and you bet your butt we ate all of them), we weren’t 100% convinced that the batter was right. So, the following day we added some water and made sure to sift the flour first and voila.. funnel cake PERFECTION! My mouth is still watering.

homemade funnel cake with powdered sugar

close up of homemade funnel cake

That fried yumminess that you get at the fair can be made right in your kitchen. These funnel cakes (fried dough) are easy and so delicious!

fried dough with powdered sugar

What I love most about this funnel cake recipe is that there are so many fun snacks and desserts that you can use it for. For example, remember our Fried Oreo vs. Air Fried Oreo challenge? We used a funnel cake mix to cover the Oreos and deep fry them. Now, we will be using this batter instead! And yes, we will be trying that this week because it’s been way too long since I had a fried Oreo.

We also used it for an upcoming recipe that you guys are going to LOVE! It should be live in a couple of weeks, so make sure to bookmark this and come back for the big reveal. It was a recipe that was over a month in the making and finally came together with the help of this funnel cake recipe! Any guesses?

woman adding powdered sugar to fried dough

close up of a homemade funnel cake with powdered sugar

If you want to take your funnel cakes to the next level, you can top with cinnamon, brown sugar and powdered sugar. Want to add something healthier to the mix, you can chop up some baked apples or fresh berries and whipped cream. You can even try to create fun shapes. There are so many ways to enjoy a funnel cake and the possibilities are endless!  Do you have a favorite topping?

Once you’ve made these funnel cakes, I’d love for you to come back and comment below to let me know what you and your family think of them. We love to hear from our readers!

That fried yumminess that you get at the fair can be made right in your kitchen. These funnel cakes (fried dough) are easy and so delicious!

Funnel Cake (Fried Dough) Recipe

 

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close up of homemade funnel cake

Super Easy Funnel Cake Recipe


  • Author: Heather

Description

These funnel cakes are crisp, deep-fried cakes, topped with powdered sugar. One bite and you’ll be instantly transformed to your childhood days at the fair!


Ingredients

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  • vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • powdered sugar (for topping)

Instructions

  • Add approx. an inch or so of oil to a deep pan. Heat to 375 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together egg, milk, water and vanilla until fully combined. I like to use a batter bowl so you can pour the batter directly into the pan.
  • Add sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk until fully combined.
  • Sift flour and then add to the batter. Whisk until smooth. There should be no lumps and should be able to pour very easily.
  • Slowly pour the batter into the heated oil. If you don’t have a batter bowl, you can also use a funnel. You want to start on the outside and swirl inward until you reach the center. You’ll notice that as the batter heats, it will start to puff and rise to the top.
  • Once the funnel cake is lightly browned, flip and let fry for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the funnel cake to a paper towel lined plate for a couple of minutes to get the excess oil off.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar with a dredge shaker and serve!

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  1. I’ve never made funnel cake, but it sounds like it would be fun to make at home. It’s also been ages since I have had it. What a treat!

  2. I always thought that Funnel cake is so difficult to make but it seems so easy with your recipe!

  3. I absolutely love funnel cake. My mother used to make this for me when I was a kid.

  4. Ohh now this sounds like a delicious recipe, I have to admit I don’t think I’ve tried funnel cake before. I now definitely want to though!

  5. That looks fun to make plus it doesn’t look like your regular pastries. I’d probably make this for Halloween.

  6. I love funnel cakes. They’re so good. I have not tried making them myself though. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  7. The Funnel Cake looks so tempting. Can almost smell the fragrance of cinnamon.

  8. It would be the first time trying to make funnel cake at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. Homemade cakes are much much better than the store bought mixes. It’s just the dirty dishes after it that it makes it hard

  10. Oh wow, that certainly is different. I’ve not had funnel cake before. It sounds yummy though.

  11. I am drooling. I just love funnel cakes and it’s been a while since I’ve had one. We were just at Disney but the line was too long to get one! So I’ll have to make these.

  12. We can’t wait to try these! Haven’t been to a fair for 2 summers now because of the pandemic so we’ll bring funnel cakes to us 🙂

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  14. Funnel cake has never been something I’ve thought of making until now, but this looks delish

  15. What a fun and interesting recipe. I must give this a try. I bet my family will flip when I make them this. They love fried treats 🙂

  16. I don’t think I’ve tried making something like this before but we have a dish quite similar to this. I’d love to try this one out, it looks tasty.

  17. I had my first funnel cake when I was in Prague and I fell in love with them ever since! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  18. It looks just like the one we buy at the fairs and boardwalk! My son will love it! Can’t wait to try it!

  19. This is perfect for the kids. They’ve been missing carnivals and desserts from our favorite restaurants. This would be a fun treat to create for them this weekend. Thanks for this!

  20. I haven’t had a funnel cake in years. This makes me crave one! One of my kids has a birthday this month, maybe we will do this for him.

  21. I’ve actually never had a funnel cake before! You have me feeling inspired. I can’t have gluten or dairy, but I think I’m going to work at creating my own version of this. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe 🙂

  22. I have never had a funnel cake, but yours look sooo good and I want to this this tasty, sugary goodness!

  23. I love funnel cakes so much! I was just wondering yesterday if I could figure out a way to make a keto funnel cake! I should make your recipe for my kids this week. They’d be in heaven!

  24. I love funnel cake, any time there is a fair or one around I have to have one. Now I can make them at home!

  25. I love funnel cakes. I have never tried making them before though. Now I certainly want to give it a try. This looks so delicious.

  26. Easy enough. I just need to find flour. No flour in any store around us. But I have never made a funnel cake and never had it at the fair, as it seemed really greasy. But at home, why not try it!

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      We had a hard time finding flour here as well! I got lucky and kept checking online until I found some!

  27. oh my oh my!!! This looks soooo DELICIOUS…I can’t wait to make it on Saturday, I will let you know how it goes.

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  28. There will never be anything as delicious as funnel cake. Ever. I have never thought of making it at home. Booyah!

  29. I LOVE funnel cakes too. I am all about fair food. That’s basically why I go as well 😉 I will load up on fried stuff. I am so going to try this!

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  30. Yum!! I miss being able to go to the fair and have these. Now I can just make my own. 🙂 Thanks!

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  31. I love this so much. Thanks for sharing this I love having this on carnivals.