How to Make a Perfect County-Fair Funnel Cake


Mary learned to cook at her mother's knee and likes to share some of those old-fashioned recipes she still serves her family.


This is a how-to on making perfect funnel cakes. They taste great and remind you of the kind you could only buy at the county fair.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

about 10 funnel cakes


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of frothy milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder.

Step One: Preparing the Batter

  1. Beat 1 egg with 1 cup of milk till frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup flour, 3/4 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 3/4 teaspoons baking powder.
  3. Slowly add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients.
  4. Beat well. Now you're ready to make the funnel cakes!
Egg and Milk Mixed

Egg and Milk Mixed

Dry Ingredients Mixed Together

Dry Ingredients Mixed Together

Step Two: Heating the Oil

Use a candy thermometer to heat the oil to 350 degrees. If it's any hotter, the batter will burn. (I found this out the hard way.) If you have a deep fryer, I think that would be better than a skillet, which is what I used.

Checking the Temperature of the Oil

Checking the Temperature of the Oil

Confectioner's Sugar and Funnel Used

Confectioner's Sugar and Funnel Used

Step Three: Have Your Funnel Ready to Pour the Batter

As soon as the oil reaches 350 degrees, pour about 1/2 cup of the batter into a small funnel, holding your finger over the opening. The opening of the funnel should not be larger than 1/4 inch. If you don't have a small funnel, you can pour the batter into a large plastic zippered bag with a small hole cut out of one corner.

Hold the funnel over the hot oil and pour the batter into the oil using a back and forth motion. Try to make a lacy pattern. You'll get the hang of it after a couple of attempts. My first ones came together and looked like a pancake. It takes a little practice!

Pouring batter into Oil

Pouring batter into Oil

After the funnel cake has browned on one side, gently flip it over and brown on the other side.


Step Four: Remove the Funnel Cake

After the cake has browned on the other side, gently remove it and place it on the paper towel. I find a large spatula is good for this. I tried using tongs, but the cake fell apart. So, now I gently slide the spatula under the cake and remove it.

Sprinkle confectioner's sugar over the top, and EAT!

These are really better served while they are nice and warm, I think.

If you liked my recipe and instructions for making funnel cakes, please let me know by rating using the stars above.

Thank you very much.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 16, 2015:

Hi, poetryman6969 Oh, I hope you will make some Funnel Cakes; you will absolutely love them. Let me know how they turn out, OK??

poetryman6969 on April 16, 2015:

I had heard of funnel cakes but I had never seen or eaten one. Thanks for the info. Voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 18, 2015:

Hi, pstraubie48 Yep, just like the ad for potato chips: you can't eat just one!! I don't make these often because I have a terrible sweet tooth! I'm going to make your Baked Alaska very soon; you can count of that!

Thanks for sending the Angels, Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 18, 2015:

O I can smell these cooking and the Fair does come swirling up through my nostrils. These are decadent and beg to be eaten all up!!

Thanks for the tips.

Angels are on the way to you once again this evening ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 18, 2015:

Hi, colorfulone. I do hope you'll make some funnel cakes. I warn you: you can't eat just one!! I have been known to eat four in a row!

Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 18, 2015:

It has been years since I had Funnel Cake. I'm not too big on sweets, and these are not very sweet. One would be so good to have with coffee right now. - Voted up and shared!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 28, 2014:

Hi, Au fait Oh, you are in for a treat if you've never eaten a funnel cake! It does take a little practice to get the batter just right in the hot oil, but after the first one you'll be hooked!

Thanks so much for sharing and for the votes, Mary

C E Clark from North Texas on June 28, 2014:

Do you know I have never seen or eaten a funnel cake? Yes, I have heard all the raves about them from people who got them at the fair, but I am not a fair going person. If I were I would probably have tried them by now.

I think your recipe sounds delicious, and from someone who likes quick and easy when it comes to the kitchen, your recipe also sounds very doable. I think funnel cake lovers should find this recipe very exciting because they won't have to wait for the next fair to have them and they won't have to pay the outrageous price I've heard they pay to get them.

This seems like a wonderful recipe all around. I've given you another 5 stars and I'm going to share it with my followers in case there are funnel cake lovers among them. I love finding recipes for favorite foods that cost so much when purchased in a restaurant or at a special event, or that are not necessarily available when I want them and I think a lot of people would really love this recipe for that reason. Also voted up and awesome!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 14, 2014:

Hi, Sunshine! You should make some of these; I think you would love them as much as I do!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 13, 2014:

I so want a funnel cake now. Looks so yummy! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef. I'm glad you like my recipe for making Funnel Cakes. It takes a little practice, as you can see mine are not perfect, but they sure taste good! You can't eat just one!

Thanks so much for the vote and the share, Mary

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 11, 2013:

This recipe looks so yummy and easy to make. I really liked your step by step pictures of the recipe. voted 5 stars and sharing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 08, 2013:

Good Morning, ajwrites57. This really are easy to make. My family lines up to eat these as soon as they are fried! I don't think a wok would be too deep to fry these. They fry better in a lot of HOT oil.

I hope you will make some of these, and let me know how they turn out, OK?

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

AJ Long from Pennsylvania on February 08, 2013:

Mmmmmmary615! Looks so good and easy! Not sure if I'll make some, but next time you do, let me know! (I'll invite myself over.) When I buy them at fairs it looks easy there, too. Wonder if a wok would work--or would it be too deep?

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Hi, Nora411. Thanks for reading my Hub on making Funnel Cakes. I do hope you will make some of these; you won't be sorry.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Hi, Sunshine625. You are welcome to visit anytime. I will whip us up some Funnel Cakes. I warn you: you can't eat just one!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Hi, Jools99. Hope you will return to the great state of Florida. I just got back from Disney with 3 of my grandchildren. We had a blast! Guess what we ate??? Funnel Cakes!!!

Don't wait till you get a deep fat fryer to make these. Use any skillet that will hold enough oil to cook them in.

You could ask Santa for a deep fat fryer, you know?

Thanks for the visit and the commment.

Nora411 from Chicago, IL on November 12, 2012:

Funnel cakes were the main reason I loved going to those county fairs as a kid... ehh who am I kidding ... still to this day! Cant wait to get started voting up!! And useful!!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 12, 2012:

I might be over to visit you sooner than I thought if you are going to prepare these for me! Funnel cakes are amazingly awesome!!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 12, 2012:

Mary, I'm sure people are bored with me rattling on about Florida (my favourite place in the world apart from my house!) but one of my favourite memories of Disneyworld last time was eating a huge funnel cake between the 3 of us walking through the Animal Kingdom on a hot, sunny day - heaven. I wish I had a deep fat fryer to try these...I could always go back to Florida of course :o)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 26, 2012:

Hi Natashalh. Sounds like you like funnel cakes as much as we do at our house! I do hope you will try and make these.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 26, 2012:

Hi, Peggy W. When I make these funnels cakes, I can never eat just one! They really are tasty. It does take a little practice to get the hang of making them, but they are worth the effort.

Thanks so much for the rating, the vote and the share. Mary

Natasha from Hawaii on October 26, 2012:

You just made my day!! I love funnel cakes, but I never guessed I would be able to make them myself. Bookmarking this one, for sure. Thank you!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Gave this recipe a 5 star rating, useful vote and will share. Am sure that people who enjoy eating funnel cakes will like knowing how to make their own. Thanks!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 24, 2012:

Hi, Eddy. How nice to see you today! I hope you will make these delicious funnel cakes; they really are good. You can't eat just one!

I hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

Eiddwen from Wales on October 24, 2012:

A great hub for me to save once again!!

Thank you for sharing mary and enjoy your day.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 01, 2012:

Hi, sjwigglywoo, Yes, these are really good. It takes a little practice to make them, and as you can see by my photos, they don't always come out perfect (but they are still good!).

Yes, that "fish cake" was a real work of art! Mary

sjwigglywoo from UK on August 01, 2012:

Hi Mary, these looking amazing. My family love pancakes so I'm sure they will love these. I will give them a try over the coming weekend and let you know how I go.

Also thank you for your kind comment and share on my cake hub. Sorry not replied but I seem to be having trouble replying to comments that people leave.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 14, 2012:

Hi there, Docmo. I'm delighted you found my recipe for funnel cakes so you can make some for the kids. It just takes a little practice when you are frying them. Don't give up, though!

My family gobbles these up as fast as they are ready to eat.

Thanks for the vote. I appreciate that.

Goodnight, Mary

Mohan Kumar from UK on July 14, 2012:

Oh! Oh! I had my first funnel cake couple of years ago while I was at Disney. I completely fell in love- I 've been hankering for it ever since. Can't believe I found your recipe here- brought back loving memories. super! voted up. Gotta make some tomorrow for the kids. yum.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 12, 2012:

Hi Victoria Lynn. Thanks for reading my Hub about how to make funnel cakes. Mine don't always turn out perfect as you can see, but boy, are they good! Give them a try....

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 12, 2012:

Oh these look good. Great photos!! Thanks for the recipe.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 11, 2012:

Good Morning, moonlake. Good to see you today! I hope you will try to make funnel cakes; they really are delicious. Have a wonderful day.

moonlake from America on April 10, 2012:

They look really good. Will keep this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 10, 2012:

Hi CassyLu1981, so glad to hear you'll make these funnel cakes. They are SO easy to make, and SO delicious! Thanks for reading and commenting. Goodnight.

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on April 10, 2012:

Yum! I will have to try these for my husband. He LOVES funnel cakes :) Might be the perfect anniversary idea since it's coming up right around the corner. Thanks for the info and sharing it with us :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 05, 2011:

Prasetio30, try to make these. They melt in your mouth, but do eat them while they are hot. You can't eat just one.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 04, 2011:

I had never know about this cake before. Unique appearance, but it sound delicious. Thanks for share with us. VOTE up!


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 28, 2011:

Please share your idea on pourng the batter into the oil, Hed

hed on September 27, 2011:

I've got an idea on how to perfect pouring the batter into the oil.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 27, 2011:

Do hope you will try to make these. Thanks for looking!

Mark from Alabama,USA on September 27, 2011:

Those look great, I love to get them at the fair ;0)

Awesome - Now I have the recipe

Thanks a million

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