Funnel cakes are a classic fairground treat that are surprisingly easy to make at home. With crispy edges and a soft, doughy center, these fried cakes are irresistibly delicious. They can be enjoyed plain or topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or even fruit toppings. Perfect for a sweet treat on a special occasion or just because!

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for topping


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth and well combined.
  4. Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a deep skillet or pot to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Pour the batter into a funnel or squeeze bottle, holding your finger over the spout to prevent the batter from flowing out.
  6. Hold the funnel over the hot oil and release the batter in a spiral or crisscross pattern. Fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  7. Remove the funnel cake from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat if needed to maintain the oil temperature.
  9. Sprinkle the warm funnel cakes with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 250 || Carbohydrates: 35g || Fat: 9g || Protein: 5g || Sodium: 200mg

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