This easy, Homemade Funnel Cake tastes just like the classic amusement park favorite. Light, crispy and sweet, funnel cakes are a quintessential Summer treat that you can make right in your own kitchen! If you love these, you will love these twists with my Red Velvet Funnel Cakes, Strawberry Funnel Cakes and Swirled Funnel Cakes!
What inspired these homemade funnel cakes you ask? I am afraid of roller coasters. I never ride them and probably never will.
It all began years ago, when my mom recounted a terrifying tale of a roller coaster experience she and my father had had. She recalled racing through the air, soaring almost, until she began to come out of the seat! My dad held her down so she wouldn’t fly away! As I gripped my seat listening to her story, she laughed and clapped a hand to her thigh. Can you believe she thought it was funny? No way Jose!
Since then, I’ve spent countless trips to county fairs and Six Flags sitting on a bench, holding purses and cell phones. Occasionally, I’d wander around in search of less risky activities like eating. Soft serve cones, hot dogs and slushies became my saving grace. And at the end of it all, I always treated myself to a crispy, sugary, oily to the touch, funnel cake.
To be honest, waiting around amusement parks isn’t my idea of a good time anymore. So, this year I’m bringing the park to my own home! These Homemade Funnel Cakes are the perfect way to celebrate Summer.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE FUNNEL CAKES
I adore homemade funnel cakes. It’s probably because they are fried in hot oil and smothered in powdered sugar (don’t judge me). They are squiggly dough pieces of perfection that make me feel young again whenever I have one. I’ve been wanting to develop a recipe for quite some time and finally one morning, I just decided to throw one together. Let’s just say I have an excuse to skip the next Six Flags trip and stay at home!
Most likely, you’ve got everything you need right at home! But, let’s double check together anyway, shall we?
- Flour – Sift the flour for a lighter, airer batter.
- Sugar – it may seem like a small amount of sugar but keep into account that you’ll be topping it with more sugar! Granulated, cane or coconut sugar will all work beautifully!
- Baking Powder
- Salt – If possible, use kosher salt.
- Milk – Dairy intolerant? Use your favorite alternative milk! I find that cashew or oat milk work best.
- Eggs – No eggs? No problem. Use your preferred egg replacement. I like ground flaxseed, applesauce, mashed bananas or even yogurt.
- Vanilla – Out of vanilla? Replace with a good quality maple syrup.
Don’t forget the oil (vegetable or canola) for frying and powdered sugar for serving!
DO I NEED A FUNNEL TO MAKE FUNNEL CAKE?
Nope! If you happen to own a funnel, you’re welcome to use it! But, I find that they’re hard to use and even harder to clean. There are 3 other easy ways you can successfully (and neatly) transfer batter into the oil.
A cake decorating bag is super simple to use. Carefully spoon the batter into the bag, cut a whole at the tip and squeeze the batter directly into the oil.
A pancake or condiment squeeze bottle is also a great option! Follow the same directions above (piping bag).
Using a spouted measuring cup is probably the most convenient method. Portion some batter into the cup, tip it over slowly and pour a thin stream into the oil while constantly moving.
TIP: If using a piping bag, squeeze bottle or funnel, be sure the opening is at least ½ an inch round. This will make for the perfect thickness and even cooking.
CAN YOU REFRIGERATE FUNNEL CAKE BATTER?
Yes! If you’d like to make the batter ahead of time or store leftovers, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. The batter will last for 2 days.
I appreciate the simplicity of a funnel cake: fried dough and powdered sugar. With two simple, yummy components, you’ve got a sinfully good treat that can’t be resisted. Every now and then, I love to layer on a few toppings to my treat, just to jazz it up.
If you’re feeling a bit fancy, try out a few of the topping ideas below. Or, get creative and try out a topping of your own choice! I’d love to hear what you chose in the comments.
- Hot Fudge
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Fresh Fruit (Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas etc.)
- Salted Caramel or Butterscotch
- Whipped Cream
- Peanut Butter or Marshmallow Fluff (maybe both?)
- Cinnamon Apple Chunks
MORE GRANDBABY CAKES FUNNEL CAKE FUN
Wanna get in on some more funnel cake action this Summer? Turn your home into an amusement park by whipping up a classic town fair treat!
Try out one of Grandbaby Cakes’ deliciously fun funnel cake recipes:
Homemade Funnel Cakes
- 4 cups vegetable or canola oil for frying
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Confectioner's sugar for serving or other toppings
- Heat oil in a pot to about 375 degrees.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl until combined.
- Next whisk in wet ingredients: milk, eggs and vanilla extract until the batter is nice and smooth.
- Add batter to a funnel, squeeze bottle or even a cake decorating piping bag with a round tip.
- Once oil is nice and hot, swirl batter in a spirally shape (have fun with this part) into the oil and fry. Turn over once the first side is nice and golden brown.
- Once both sides are golden brown, remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain. These babies fry fast!
- Immediately cover with confectioner's sugar or other toppings and serve while hot. If you are frying a lot, feel free to keep these warm in the oven until you are ready to serve.