Homemade Funnel Cakes

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Starting the week off right with these Disney inspired Homemade Funnel Cakes! It’s so simple and taste just like the treat we all know and love. The batter is a made of pantry staple ingredients, fried to golden perfection, while achieving those gorgeous swirls we all know and love. Whether you’ve had this treat at your local state fair or the happiest place on earth, you’ll love this sweet treat. Perfect all year long, served with a dollop of Chantilly Cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, plus a heavy dusting of powdered sugar. It’s SO good.

funnel cake with piped whipped cream and powdered sugar on top with white cheese cloth, flowers, and forks beside

About The Recipe

I know Monday’s can sometimes feel like the worst day of the week, but when you have a plate full of freshly made funnel cakes, it’s hard to have a bad day! Especially when they’re this easy to make. We decided to keep things simple and make a plain funnel cake. Lightly sweetened and hinted with vanilla, these delicious treats are perfect on their or own or compliment any addition you’d like to add on top!

It’s honestly delicious either way, but I really love it plain with a large dollop of Chantilly Cream on top. Oh, and lots of powdered sugar, too.

Though, I do have something to admit. While funnel cakes tends to be a must-have for many people at the Disney parks, it’s something I have never tried!

If you’ve read our blog before, you’ll know that we just got back from a Disney trip a little over a month ago and we have been posting a few recipes inspired by the things we tried at the parks.

So, after we got home from our trip, I asked my mom about making our version, as she’s eaten plenty in the past. She LOVED the idea!

Especially as we get closer and closer into summer. It just seemed like the perfect treat to share.

funnel cake on white plate with cheese cloth, forks, and flowers around

We talked about all the different ones we could do for the blog, but it only seemed right to post a basic funnel cake that you all could enjoy either plain or with lots of toppings! Honestly, the options are limitless and this funnel cake will ALWAYS be delicious.

Whether you’re wanting to recreate a little Disney magic in your kitchen or simply want to relive summer memories of state fairs, this is the perfect recipe! Simple, easy, and delicious.

What is a Funnel Cake?

A funnel cake is, essential, fried pancake batter! The batter is typically a little thicker than your average pancake, but it’s all the same ingredients. Though, instead of frying it in a skillet, you fry it in oil and serve it with lots of powdered sugar on top. YUM!

Reasons You Will Love This Funnel Cake Recipe

  • It’s made from pantry staple ingredients.
  • Ready in 45 minutes or less!
  • Tastes JUST like the funnel cakes you know and love.
  • Can be enjoyed with different flavors or jam and ice cream to really make this treat something special!
angled phto of funnel cake on white plate with powdered sugar and whipped cream on top, white cheese cloth behind, two forks, and flowers around

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Large Eggs
  • Whole Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
salt, flour, eggs, milk, baking powder, vanilla, and sugar in marble surface

How To Make Funnel Cakes

Step 1: Make the batter

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

Ladle batter into a pastry bag or plastic zip top bag.

batter in piping bag on marble counter

Step 2: Fry

Beginning in the middle of the stockpot, pipe batter into hot oil in a swirling pattern. Think, small loops. Cook until light golden brown, about 1 minute. Turn over and cook for another minute. Take out of the oil and drain. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Step 3: Serve!

Top immediately with powdered sugar and chantilly cream. Enjoy!

funnel cake with piped whipped cream and powdered sugar on top with white cheese cloth, flowers, and forks beside

Topping Ideas

If you’re in the mood for some more flavor than a standard funnel cake, no worries! Here is a quick list of our favorite things to serve on top of these basic funnel cakes to really give it a lot of flavor.

Can I Store Funnel Cakes?

These funnel cakes are best eaten fresh, the day you made them. They don’t really keep very well/nor do they reheat well.

funnel cake on white plate with powdered sugar, piped whipped cream on top, two forks behind

Expert Tips

  • When mixing the batter, make sure the batter is smooth!
  • You don’t need more than 1 inch of oil in your pot. Too much oil will cause the funnel cakes to separate and not cook properly.
  • Using a piping bag is definitely the easiest way to achieve the classic funnel cake look.
  • When piping the batter into the oil, make a small mound in the middle, then from there, make small loops in a circle as close to your middle mound as you can. When making these, we figured out building a base (the beginning mound), then building/swirling closely from there really make it easier to achieve the classic shape. Though, it’s definitely something that takes practice and you may find your own technique!
  • Remember, when the funnel cake floats up as your piping, do not panic! Keep piping until your desired size is reached.
  • The size of the funnel cake is up to you, we did about 4 rounds. It made for a smaller, more personal serving size.
  • These funnel cakes do not store/reheat well. They are best eaten soon after frying!

When you make these Homemade Funnel Cakes, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

funnel cake with piped whipped cream and powdered sugar on top with white cheese cloth, flowers, and forks beside

Homemade Funnel Cakes

Traci
The classic summertime treat we all know and love…Funnel Cake! Made simply with pantry staple ingredients, ready in less than an hour, and tastes SO. GOOD. Every bite is perfectly sweet and just melts in your mouth!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 75 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • powdered sugar, for serving

Instructions

  • In a small stockpot, heat 1-inch of vegetable oil to 375° F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Ladle batter into a pastry bag or plastic zip top bag.
  • Snip the tip off the bag so that you have about a 1/4" opening.
  • Beginning in the middle of the stockpot, pipe batter into hot oil in a swirling pattern.
  • Cook until light golden brown, about 1 minute.
  • Flip over.
  • Cook for 1 minute.
  • Remove from oil using a spider or slotted spoon.
  • Drain.
  • Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Sift powdered sugar over top and serve.

Notes

  • When mixing the batter, make sure the batter is smooth!
  • You don’t need more than 1 inch of oil in your pot. Too much oil will cause the funnel cakes to separate and not cook properly.
  • Using a piping bag is definitely the easiest way to achieve the classic funnel cake look.
  • When piping the batter into the oil, make a small mound in the middle, then from there, make small loops in a circle as close to your middle mound as you can. When making these, we figured out building a base (the beginning mound), then building/swirling closely from there really make it easier to achieve the classic shape. Though, it’s definitely something that takes practice and you may find your own technique!
  • Remember, when the funnel cake floats up as your piping, do not panic! Keep piping until your desired size is reached.
  • The size of the funnel cake is up to you, we did about 4 rounds. It made for a smaller, more personal serving size.
  • These funnel cakes do not store/reheat well. They are best eaten soon after frying!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cakeCalories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 57IUCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

When you make this recipe, remember to tag @bakerstble or hashtag it #BakersTable!

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