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How To Make a Perfect Funnel Cake; Like The Ones At The County Fair, With Step By Step Instructions And Photos

Updated on August 10, 2013

Make Perfect Funnel Cakes

This is a how-to on making perfect funnel cakes. They taste great and remind you of the kind you could ony buy at the County Fair.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: about 10 funnel cakes

Recipe for Funnel Cake

Beat 1 Egg with 1 Cup of Milk till frothy

In a separate bowl: Mix together 1 Cup Flour, 3/4 Teaspoons Salt, 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, and 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder.

Slowly add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients.

Beat well. Now you're ready to make the funnel cakes!

Egg and Milk Mixed

Dry Ingredients Mixed Together

Heating the Oil


Use a candy thermometer to heat the oil to 350 degrees. If it's any hotter, the batter will burn. (I found this out the hard way). If you have a deep fryer, I think that would be better than a skillet like I used.

Checking The Temperature of the Oil

Confectioner's Sugar and Funnel Used

Have Your Funnel Ready to Pour the Batter

As soon as the oil reaches 350 degrees, pour about 1/2 Cup of the batter into a small funnel, holding your finger over the opening. The opening of the funnel should not be larger than 1/4 inch. If you don't have a small funnel, you can pour the batter into a large plastic zippered bag with a small hole cut out of one corner.

Hold the funnel over the hot oil and pour the batter into the oil using a back and forth motion. Try to make a lacy pattern. You'll get the hang of it after a couple of attempts. My first ones came together, and looked like a pancake. It takes a little practice!

Pouring batter into Oil

After the funnel cake has browned on one side, gently flip it over and brown on the other side.

Remove the Funnel Cake

After the cake has browned on the other side, gently remove it and place on the paper towel. I find a large spatula is good for this. I tried using tongs, but the cake fell apart. So, now I gently slide the spatula under the cake and remove it.

Sprinle Confectioner's Sugar over the top, and EAT!

These are really better served while they are nice and warm, I think.

If you liked my recipe and instructions for making Funnel Cakes, please let me know by rating using the Stars below.

Thank you very much.

4.9 stars from 7 ratings of funnel cakes

Good video on frying the funnel cakes

Will you try and make these funnel cakes?

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    • manthy profile image

      Mark 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Those look great, I love to get them at the fair ;0)

      Awesome - Now I have the recipe

      Thanks a million

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Do hope you will try to make these. Thanks for looking!

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      hed 5 years ago

      I've got an idea on how to perfect pouring the batter into the oil.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Please share your idea on pourng the batter into the oil, Hed

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had never know about this cake before. Unique appearance, but it sound delicious. Thanks for share with us. VOTE up!

      Prasetio

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Prasetio30, try to make these. They melt in your mouth, but do eat them while they are hot. You can't eat just one.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Yum! I will have to try these for my husband. He LOVES funnel cakes :) Might be the perfect anniversary idea since it's coming up right around the corner. Thanks for the info and sharing it with us :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi CassyLu1981, so glad to hear you'll make these funnel cakes. They are SO easy to make, and SO delicious! Thanks for reading and commenting. Goodnight.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      They look really good. Will keep this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, moonlake. Good to see you today! I hope you will try to make funnel cakes; they really are delicious. Have a wonderful day.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh these look good. Great photos!! Thanks for the recipe.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Victoria Lynn. Thanks for reading my Hub about how to make funnel cakes. Mine don't always turn out perfect as you can see, but boy, are they good! Give them a try....

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Oh! Oh! I had my first funnel cake couple of years ago while I was at Disney. I completely fell in love- I 've been hankering for it ever since. Can't believe I found your recipe here- brought back loving memories. super! voted up. Gotta make some tomorrow for the kids. yum.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Docmo. I'm delighted you found my recipe for funnel cakes so you can make some for the kids. It just takes a little practice when you are frying them. Don't give up, though!

      My family gobbles these up as fast as they are ready to eat.

      Thanks for the vote. I appreciate that.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      sjwigglywoo 4 years ago from UK

      Hi Mary, these looking amazing. My family love pancakes so I'm sure they will love these. I will give them a try over the coming weekend and let you know how I go.

      Also thank you for your kind comment and share on my cake hub. Sorry not replied but I seem to be having trouble replying to comments that people leave.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, sjwigglywoo, Yes, these are really good. It takes a little practice to make them, and as you can see by my photos, they don't always come out perfect (but they are still good!).

      Yes, that "fish cake" was a real work of art! Mary

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub for me to save once again!!

      Thank you for sharing mary and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Eddy. How nice to see you today! I hope you will make these delicious funnel cakes; they really are good. You can't eat just one!

      I hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Gave this recipe a 5 star rating, useful vote and will share. Am sure that people who enjoy eating funnel cakes will like knowing how to make their own. Thanks!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      You just made my day!! I love funnel cakes, but I never guessed I would be able to make them myself. Bookmarking this one, for sure. Thank you!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W. When I make these funnels cakes, I can never eat just one! They really are tasty. It does take a little practice to get the hang of making them, but they are worth the effort.

      Thanks so much for the rating, the vote and the share. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Natashalh. Sounds like you like funnel cakes as much as we do at our house! I do hope you will try and make these.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, I'm sure people are bored with me rattling on about Florida (my favourite place in the world apart from my house!) but one of my favourite memories of Disneyworld last time was eating a huge funnel cake between the 3 of us walking through the Animal Kingdom on a hot, sunny day - heaven. I wish I had a deep fat fryer to try these...I could always go back to Florida of course :o)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I might be over to visit you sooner than I thought if you are going to prepare these for me! Funnel cakes are amazingly awesome!!

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      Nora411 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Funnel cakes were the main reason I loved going to those county fairs as a kid... ehh who am I kidding ... still to this day! Cant wait to get started voting up!! And useful!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jools99. Hope you will return to the great state of Florida. I just got back from Disney with 3 of my grandchildren. We had a blast! Guess what we ate??? Funnel Cakes!!!

      Don't wait till you get a deep fat fryer to make these. Use any skillet that will hold enough oil to cook them in.

      You could ask Santa for a deep fat fryer, you know?

      Thanks for the visit and the commment.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Sunshine625. You are welcome to visit anytime. I will whip us up some Funnel Cakes. I warn you: you can't eat just one!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nora411. Thanks for reading my Hub on making Funnel Cakes. I do hope you will make some of these; you won't be sorry.

      Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mmmmmmary615! Looks so good and easy! Not sure if I'll make some, but next time you do, let me know! (I'll invite myself over.) When I buy them at fairs it looks easy there, too. Wonder if a wok would work--or would it be too deep?

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, ajwrites57. This really are easy to make. My family lines up to eat these as soon as they are fried! I don't think a wok would be too deep to fry these. They fry better in a lot of HOT oil.

      I hope you will make some of these, and let me know how they turn out, OK?

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      This recipe looks so yummy and easy to make. I really liked your step by step pictures of the recipe. voted 5 stars and sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Indian Chef. I'm glad you like my recipe for making Funnel Cakes. It takes a little practice, as you can see mine are not perfect, but they sure taste good! You can't eat just one!

      Thanks so much for the vote and the share, Mary

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I so want a funnel cake now. Looks so yummy! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Sunshine! You should make some of these; I think you would love them as much as I do!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Do you know I have never seen or eaten a funnel cake? Yes, I have heard all the raves about them from people who got them at the fair, but I am not a fair going person. If I were I would probably have tried them by now.

      I think your recipe sounds delicious, and from someone who likes quick and easy when it comes to the kitchen, your recipe also sounds very doable. I think funnel cake lovers should find this recipe very exciting because they won't have to wait for the next fair to have them and they won't have to pay the outrageous price I've heard they pay to get them.

      This seems like a wonderful recipe all around. I've given you another 5 stars and I'm going to share it with my followers in case there are funnel cake lovers among them. I love finding recipes for favorite foods that cost so much when purchased in a restaurant or at a special event, or that are not necessarily available when I want them and I think a lot of people would really love this recipe for that reason. Also voted up and awesome!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Au fait Oh, you are in for a treat if you've never eaten a funnel cake! It does take a little practice to get the batter just right in the hot oil, but after the first one you'll be hooked!

      Thanks so much for sharing and for the votes, Mary

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      It has been years since I had Funnel Cake. I'm not too big on sweets, and these are not very sweet. One would be so good to have with coffee right now. - Voted up and shared!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, colorfulone. I do hope you'll make some funnel cakes. I warn you: you can't eat just one!! I have been known to eat four in a row!

      Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O I can smell these cooking and the Fair does come swirling up through my nostrils. These are decadent and beg to be eaten all up!!

      Thanks for the tips.

      Angels are on the way to you once again this evening ps

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, pstraubie48 Yep, just like the ad for potato chips: you can't eat just one!! I don't make these often because I have a terrible sweet tooth! I'm going to make your Baked Alaska very soon; you can count of that!

      Thanks for sending the Angels, Mary

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I had heard of funnel cakes but I had never seen or eaten one. Thanks for the info. Voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, poetryman6969 Oh, I hope you will make some Funnel Cakes; you will absolutely love them. Let me know how they turn out, OK??

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