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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

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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.

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