What is a funnel cake? Crispy fried dough served hot with confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon sprinkled over the top. You may pay $5.00 at a fair for the deliciousness, but I’m going to show you how you can make one for less than 25 cents.

     Here’s how I make mine:

YIELD: Makes a lot. I just made half the recipe and got 7 smaller funnel cakes. You’ll see them pictured.

3 eggs
3 TBSP granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups milk
3 2/3 cups AP flour
Canola oil or Crisco for frying
Confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling


In your blender, add eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Pulse to mix. Add milk and blend until well combined. Add flour and mix again. Batter is going to be on the thick side (thicker than pancake or cake batter).

Preheat a cast iron pan (or other heavy skillet) with about 2” of oil. Let it get hot. I test it by flicking a few drops of water in the oil. If it spits and spatters, it’s ready. For a large funnel cake, use a cup of batter. I like to make smaller ones and use ½ cup of batter. Pour the batter in a funnel that has about a ½” opening. Keep your finger over the end. Once you are over the hot oil, move your finger and start swirling the batter. It will take 3 – 4 minutes (take a peek by using a set of tongs). Once it is browned to your liking, flip it over and let it cook for another couple of minutes.

Remove from oil with tongs and let it drain for a few seconds. Place on paper toweling. Immediately sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or confectioner’s sugar with cinnamon.

NOTES: Make sure the oil is hot. You want them to fry quickly, not sit there and soak up grease. I don’t use a thermometer, but if you prefer, get the oil up to about 375° F. It should be close to smokin’ hot.

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