County Fair Funnel Cakes

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 20, 2023
What would the fair be without these delicious deep-fried pastries? To make these timeless treats, slowly swirl batter into oil, brown it to perfection and lightly dust with confectioners' sugar.


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and brown sugar. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Cover the bottom of a funnel spout with your finger; ladle 1/2 cup batter into funnel. Holding the funnel several inches above the skillet release finger and move the funnel in a spiral motion, overlapping batter, until all the batter is released (scraping funnel with a rubber spatula if needed).
  3. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter. Dust with confectioners' sugar; serve warm.
Editor's Note: The batter can be poured from a liquid measuring cup instead of a funnel.

Nutrition Facts

1 funnel cake: 323 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.