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Funnel Cake Recipe to Make at Home

Updated on December 5, 2019
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Sydney Spence enjoys trying to new recipes. Sydney is the author of a cookbook called "Cooking and Chaos."

Host a Funnel Cake Night Just Like the Carnivals Do

Funnel cakes are reminiscent of carnivals, rodeos, and fun. Why not host your own carnival at home for a little family fun, an original birthday party theme, or just as a way to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day? Start with the funnel cake recipe and then find more ideas below, including face painting, balloon animals, jelly bean count, and more.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: Serves 5-6 people depending on size.


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbl Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Oil, Heat in saucepan
  • 1 Bag Powdered Sugar, For sprinkling over cooked funnel cake


  1. Before you make the mixture, place at least 2 cups of oil in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. The oil has to be hot before you place the mixture in but we'll get to that.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until smooth in texture. Make sure it is not too thick.
  3. You may want to use an actual funnel unless you feel comfortable hand pouring the funnel in a swirl shape.
  4. Pour the batter into the hot oil while using a swirling motion. (Just like you've seen them make at the carnival)
  5. Fry in the oil until both sides are golden brown and remove using tongs.
  6. Place the funnel cake on a paper towel on a plate to drain the excess oil left over. Do this before sprinkling powdered sugar or it will clump.
  7. Sift the powdered sugar and then sprinkle over the funnel cake.
  8. BONUS: If you aren't partial to powdered sugar, consider using chocolate drizzle (lightly) instead!
  9. Enjoy!!

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More Ideas for a Complete "Carnival Night" at Home

Sure, you won't have the Ferris Wheel, bumper cars, or a clown but the kids will still have a great time making memories with you. Perfect for backyard fun, birthday parties, or just an evening of family time.

If you are looking for a rainy day activity, slumber party fun or just something to keep the kids occupied; then add these few (inexpensive) items to your night of fun!

FACE PAINTING: Using simple acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush, you can create hours of fun with face painting.

HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH: Kids love to make the dough and you'll love saving some (green dough that is). Easy to make. Get the recipe for the dough here.

CHARADES: This requires nothing more than a few pieces of paper and an imagination. To make it easier for the kids, draw on each piece of paper and have them choose from a bowl. Whatever they choose is what they have to act out for everyone else.

BALLOON ANIMALS: You can purchase the balloons needed to make balloon animals for less than a couple bucks at the craft store. Become an expert by simply finding videos on YouTube.

CAKE WALK: Make miniature cupcakes and have a cake walk using music from the iPod or radio. Set up chairs to walk around, cut the music, the players get a cupcake. Don't know how to cake walk? Try this.

JELLYBEAN COUNT: Fill a jar with jellybeans (or M&M's) and have an old-fashioned guessing game. Include prizes of course. Coloring books make great prizes!

MOVIE TIME: When it's time to settle down after all of the fun, spread out a lot of blankets, stack up all the pillows in the house and put on the movie. Use a big screen for the full effect. If outdoors, use a projector.

GLOW STICKS: Have a little inexpensive glow fun at your carnival with glow sticks. They also make great prizes.

PETTING ZOO: Invite guests to bring their pets dressed as zoo animals. Create a petting zoo of all the pets.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Sydney Spence


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