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Easy Funnel Cake

4.48 from 90 votes
Get a taste of summertime with my sugar-dusted funnel cake — topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberry sauce.
Easy Funnel Cake Recipe - Make Funnel Cake at home with my easy recipe!

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WHAT YOU GETAn easy Funnel Cake recipe that you can make right at home by shallow frying instead of deep frying. It has that iconic fair taste but is much easier and you know exactly what’s going into it.

There is something about summer that can be so nostalgic. Now that summer’s here in Southern California, there is so much fun to be had from taking day trips to Disneyland to exploring the local county fairs…and of course, no summertime memory is complete without the joy that is funnel cake!

Classic funnel cake is not actually a cake at all. Instead, this iconic dessert is made with a spiraled fried batter, topped with fresh strawberry sauce, and generously dusted with lots of powdered sugar. The combination of crunchy fried dough and sweet and tangy strawberry sauce is unforgettable. Now you can blow everyone away by making funnel cake at home.

How To Make Funnel Cake At Home

The reason I love this funnel cake recipe is that it completely busts the myth that you can only get a funnel cake at a fair. Making funnel cake is really just a matter of whisking together a milk-and-flour-based batter and frying it up in a pan. After combining all the ingredients in one bowl, transfer the funnel cake batter into a piping bag so that it’s easy to spiral over a thin layer of hot oil. This allows you to skillfully achieve the coiled funnel cake look at home and without any fuss.

Tools For Making Homemade Funnel Cakes

  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Frying pan
  • Piping Bags
  • Thermometer
  • Spider or Fish Fryer

Top-down view of two funnel cakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

How To Shallow Fry Desserts

If you’ve ever had funnel cake at a theme park it was most likely deep-fried, and the truth about fair food is that there’s really no need for that.

Frying can seem intimidating for those of you that have never done it before but shallow frying is much safer and gives you complete control. To shallow fry this funnel cake recipe, all you have to do is pour about 2 inches of oil into a medium frying pan and turn on the heat. Once the oil is hot, pipe your batter into the oil and allow the funnel cake to fry up into a lovely golden-brown coil. I like to use a spider or fish fryer to turn over my funnel cakes.

This method of shallow frying is a simple and safe method to handle your cakes all while achieving that deeply fried crispiness.

The Best Oil For Frying

When baking neutral oils like vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil are ideal. I would refrain from using oils like olive and avocado due to their strong flavor. Neutral oil allows you to bake or fry things like this crunchy funnel cake without the oil overpowering the dish.

The Strawberry Sauce

No funnel cake recipe would be complete without a sweetly fragrant strawberry sauce and a hefty dusting of powdered sugar. This strawberry sauce comes together in five minutes flat. Start by combining fresh strawberries, water, and a touch of sugar. I allow mine to simmer together for just a few minutes then finish it with aromatic vanilla extract and a bit of cornstarch. The sauce will be thick and rich and so much better homemade (rather than taken from a can or jar). This marvelous strawberry sauce is great for funnel cakes or laden over ice cream, cheesecakes, and puddings.

Can I top with other sauces?

Yes! Though I love the sweet tangy taste of strawberry sauce, you can top your funnel cakes with anything. Salted caramel sauce, chocolate sauce as well as any fruit sauce will work perfectly with this dessert. You also can never go wrong with a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Tips And Tricks To Making the Best Funnel Cakes

  • Try to pipe cakes in 6’ to 7’ circles as fast as possible to ensure the cake cooks simultaneously.
  • Be sure to cut the tip of the piping bag at ½ inch to ensure a steady stream of batter
  • Use a wire rack when draining oil off of funnel cakes

Be sure to dust the funnel cake with powdered sugar almost immediately after letting the oil drain. This ensures that the powdered sugar adheres to the funnel cake.

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Easy Funnel Cake Recipe

4.48 from 90 votes
Get a taste of summertime with my sugar-dusted funnel cake - topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberry sauce.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Get a taste of summertime with my sugar-dusted funnel cake - topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberry sauce.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Strawberry Sauce:

  • 2 cup (10oz/284g) quartered fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) water
  • 1/4 cup 2oz/57g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Funnel Cake:

  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cup (12floz/340ml) milk
  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) flour (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (24floz/675ml) vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

To make the funnel cake:

  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Once the wet ingredients are combined add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until a smooth thin batter is formed.
  • Allow the batter to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes while you make the strawberry sauce.

To make the strawberry sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the water, sugar, and strawberries. Allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the strawberries are soft. Whisk in the corn starch and vanilla and allow to simmer for an additional minute to activate the corn starch. At this point, you should have a thick strawberry sauce. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

To fry the funnel cakes:

  • Line a cooling rack with a paper towel and set it aside. This is for the funnel cake to drain after frying.
  • Add the oil to a medium frying pan and allow to heat over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot transfer 1/4 cup of batter to a piping bag using a ladle or large spoon. Snip the tip of the piping bag and carefully stream the batter into the hot oil using a spiral motion, to form the classic funnel cake shape.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes then gently flip using a spider or fish fryer. Allow frying for 1-2 minutes.
  • Using your spider gently remove the funnel cake from the oil and transfer it to the lined rack to drain and cool.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining batter until all of it is used.

To assemble:

  • Top each funnel cake with a generous dollop of strawberry sauce and dust with icing sugar.
  • Enjoy immediately!

 

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Christina
Christina
3 years ago

Batter was really thick. Could more milk be used to thin it out. They were delicious anyway

Angelica Evaristo Sison
Angelica Evaristo Sison
2 years ago

I made mine with sweet mango sauce & whipped cream on top🤤😍 Thank you so much😍

Dianne
Dianne
3 years ago

All of your recipes look so delicious and I can’t wait to try this recipe but, do you think I could substitute almond flour instead of APF and the same for regular milk with almond milk??? Thanks for all your fabulous recipes. You make it difficult to stay on a Keto Diet! LOL Thanks again!

Sarah Jakhura
Sarah Jakhura
19 days ago

Best recipe easy n perfect thanks

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Wendy
Wendy
1 month ago

Wouldn’t it be easier to use a funnel? Hence the name? Messing with a piping bag makes things a lot harder I would think.

Peggy Chavez
Peggy Chavez
2 months ago

Hi Gemma, it’s just me here at home and it looks like this makes quite a bit of batter. Can I store the batter in the fridge and make one a day for a few days?

Aruna
Aruna
2 months ago

Hi Gemma — I was wondering if this funnel cake can be made in an air fryer? I look forward to your advice on this. Thanks & stay safe!…..Aruna

Jiya
Jiya
1 year ago

Can I make the funnel cakes ahead of time or will it ruin the taste?

John McGrady
John McGrady
1 year ago

Hi Gemma. I’ve been craving a funnel cake, or 3, since our state fair & town festival were canceled this year. I’ve saw people substitute pancake mix, but I would rather use simple ingredients like you show here. Most here on the east coast just use powdered sugar, but I do love strawberries too. Do you think a cast iron skillet would be okay, as I love using those? I’m American with Irish & English ancestry and love Irish culture. Do you have any traditional Irish foods on your YT channel? I’ve made a few of your recipes, and they’re… Read more »

CAROLE WEIGEL
CAROLE WEIGEL
1 year ago

can you save left over funnel cakes and if so how can you keep them fresh

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.

 

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