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County Fair Funnel Cakes

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.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and brown sugar. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth.
  • 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 until all of the batter is released (scraping funnel with a rubber spatula if needed).
  • Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 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.

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  • Debbe
    Oct 30, 2019

    Made these today and they came out perfect!

  • buffetfan
    Jul 5, 2019

    Such an easy recipe! My family was so surprised when I presented them with their own funnel cake at home. Itand#039;s a treat we always get at fairs and festivals.

  • DDPLoeches
    Mar 2, 2015

    The taste was OK, but the texture wasn't great. It either made a deep-fried pancake, crumbs or strips, depending on whether I used a funnel, a measuring cup or a spoon. I don't think it's worth the calories.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Jul 25, 2013

    One year we went to our local town festival with family from out of town. After we returned home from the festival I made the County Fair Funnel Cakes. Everyone thought they tasted just like funnel cakes from a fair.

  • cwma
    Jan 1, 2013

    We Loved it!!! Just like the State Fair!

  • BLYONS27
    Sep 15, 2012


  • rylan
    Aug 21, 2010

    Tasted great but couldn't get the batter to make a funnel, was like crumbs. Poured into grease from funnel, don't know what happened but will try again.

  • s-momof3girls
    Aug 18, 2010

    This recipe was so easy to make! I used soy milk and added vanilla to the recipe. I have a daughter that is allergic to Dairy. Her allergy makes it hard to find things for her to eat at our county fair. She has two older sisters so she always wants to eat the same as them. This recipe made it possible for me to give her the same as her sisters.

  • roxannluz
    Aug 8, 2010

    This was so easy and very good. My family and friends loved it!

  • Kari M
    May 8, 2010

    These are great the only thing I did was add some vanilla to it,yummy!