How to Make Carnival-Style Funnel Cakes at Home


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Funnel cake! Om nom nom!

Funnel cake! Om nom nom!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

6 min

16 min

4 or 5 very large FUNnel cakes


  • 1 egg, raw
  • 2/3 cup milk, 2% or higher
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour, all-purpose or cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or sea salt)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)


  1. In a skillet (kind of deep, but not saucepan deep), heat about 2 cups of cooking oil (type is not important; canola or vegetable works fine) on medium-high heat until hot. A good test is to drop a pinch of flour in. If it sizzles without smoke, the oil is ready.
  2. Gently beat egg and milk. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, slowly adding the egg mixture. Beat until smooth. Use a mixer if you must, but by hand is so much more fun.
  3. Using a funnel (or a gallon-size Ziploc bag with a corner cut off), drop the mixture into the hot oil in a spiral starting at the center, working your way out. Make sure to overlap some of the mix to ensure it comes out as one piece.
  4. Fry for 2–3 minutes, flipping one time when the bottom has become golden brown.
  5. Remove from oil. I like to use a metal slotted spoon to reduce the amount of oil. Place on plate, and sprinkle with powder sugar.
  6. Serve and enjoy! Carmel and chocolate sauces (syrup) make good toppings.

Please Rate!

© 2012 Drea


Migs on July 01, 2015:

I could not get mine to come out like at the Carnival, no wonder those Carnies get paid the big bucks......

free-seotools from Portugal on April 02, 2012:

I have a feeling that these lovely cakes will find their way onto our menu at home on a regular basis. Thanks.

Drea (author) from Wisconsin on January 30, 2012:

It is very simple, in my house we make these twice a month at least. Saves on snack food and they are great with hot chocolate!

Robie Benve from Ohio on January 30, 2012:

It sounds pretty easy, I may try one day to make the kids happy.... yeah, that's what we all say. ;)

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