How To Make Funnel Cakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

This handy tip for How To Make Funnel Cakes is a keeper! Every time we ever went to the local fair this was always a must have.. then we got to thinking.. how about making our own. We always wanted to try all the different toppings and making them at home gave us that opportunity. Plus the family loves them and they are actually fun to make.

What is a Funnel Cake?

Well it’s actually not a cake at all! Ha! It’s a actually dough, very similar to pancake batter, fried and topped with powdered sugar or many other delicious toppings. Funnel Cakes are sold at the fair and amusement parks and always a huge hit. They are actually very easy to make and absolutely delicious.

How to Make Funnel Cakes

First you are going to need just a few simple ingredients. Most of these you will have on hand which is always a plus!

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Cooking Oil

This recipe makes about 4 funnel cakes but you can always half it to make 2 if that is what you need. We love to make them and put different toppings on each one and all share. These are great to make when you have friends and family over. If you love summer then you must add this summer treat to your next gathering!

These are super simple to make:

  1. You will whisk together all of your dry ingredients first.
  2. Then add in your wet ingredients, just mix with a spoon.
  3. Next in a skillet or pan with hot oil, you will funnel the mixture into the oil. Swirling the batter and overlapping too.
  4. You will cook on each side, until the cake is golden brown.
  5. Remove with tongs, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
  6. Enjoy them while they are hot! That is when they are the best. ❤️

How To Make Funnel Cakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

What are the best funnel cake toppings?

Well the traditional powdered sugar is always going to be a winner, but we love any fruit too. You can add strawberries, pineapples, blueberries.. whatever fruit you desire. You can also use fresh fruit or a pie filling (cherry is really good), either is delicious. Just don’t forget the whipped cream!

Many people also enjoy hot fudge sauce, caramel topping, cinnamon sugar, or a big scoop of ice cream! All are delicious and that is what makes funnel cakes so fun, you can enjoy them however you like.

How To Make Funnel Cakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

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How to Make Funnel Cakes

These funnel cakes are so good and always a hit with our friends and family!

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time4 minutes

Total Time14 minutes

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: How to make funnel cakes

Servings: 4 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • About 1 1/4 cups cooking oil I used a 10 inch skillet. You need enough oil to make about 1/2 inch deep
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.

  • Add the egg,  milk and vanilla extract.  Mix well with spoon.

  • Heat oil in a skillet to about 360 degrees or until it starts to bubble and boil.

  • Pour 1/2 cup funnel cake mixture through a funnel while holding it over the hot oil and moving the funnel around in a spiral direction.

  • Cook on each side about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

  • This makes about 4 funnel cakes. Always be careful when working with hot oil. You can make them as big or small as you like.

Use tongs when turning over funnel cakes in hot oil. 

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