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Funnel Cakes

This funnel cake recipe is simpler to make than doughnuts, and it's just as good. Funnel cakes have been a favorite of ours since we came across them living in the Ozarks. —Mary Faith Yoder, Unity, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 cakes


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, water and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth. In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°.
  • Cover the bottom of a funnel spout with your finger; ladle 1/2 cup batter into the funnel. Holding the funnel several inches above the oil, release your finger and move the funnel in a spiral motion until all the batter is released, scraping with a rubber spatula if needed.
  • Fry until golden brown, 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar; serve warm.

Funnel Cakes Tips

What's the best oil for funnel cake?

When frying funnel cake, you'll want to use a refined oil, like canola oil. Refined oils have a higher smoke point and therefore are best for higher-temperature pan- and deep-frying. To maintain a crispy coating on your funnel cake without absorbing the oil and becoming greasy, you’ll want to maintain a temperature of 350-375°. Canola oil is always a good choice because of its neutral flavor and affordability. No canola oil in the cupboard? Here are all the best oils for frying.

What can I use if I don't have a funnel?

You can still make a funnel cake without a funnel. Simply pour the batter into a large baggie and snip off the end (you can frost cupcakes with a Ziploc bag, too!). Another option is to use a clean squeeze bottle—just snip off more of the tip.

Why is my funnel cake falling apart?

If your funnel cake is falling apart, try chilling the batter in the fridge. This will help if you batter is too thin. You want the batter to be thicker, so it flows evenly from the spout.

What toppings can you put on funnel cake?

Funnel cakes are delicious with just powdered sugar, or get decadent with tons of toppings! Go for a sundae feel with chocolate syrup, chopped peanuts, cherries and whipped cream. If you add some cinnamon and sugar while warm, you’ll get a fun twist on homemade churros.

Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 funnel cake: 316 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.