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Funnel Cake Mix Recipe with Powdered Sugar

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Easy funnel cake recipe, a made from scratch funnel cake mix favorite, brings you right back to the fair.  Whip up your own delicious at home funnel cake (fried dough dusted in powdered sugar) in under 10 minutes with just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now!

Get ready to lick your fingers clean!funnel cake recipe with stacks of homemade funnel cakes and powdered sugar on top of a blue plate

Funnel cakes are exactly what you think of when you get to go to fall carnival or fair. In fact, they may be the ONLY reason I go to the fair.

Funnel cake is the ultimate fried food covered in delicious powdered sugar… I mean how can funnel cake not be amazing!

The batter/cake is not overly sweet, the sweetness comes with the powdered sugar and all the toppings.

The best part is this easy funnel cake recipe only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and cooking is about 5-6 minutes per batch, making this one something you can decide and make in minutes.

easy funnel cake recipe was used to make these fried dough shapes that are sitting on napkin and draining oil

County Fair Funnel Cake Recipe

Maybe not the side dish you are used to, but the side of my fall favorite plate, this funnel cake recipe is so simple you can set aside the box and whip up perfection on your own.

Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone. 

Here is what you need to gather to get started: 

  • vegetable oil
  • flour
  • white sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • 1 egg
  • milk
  • powdered sugar

Can I use a boxed mix to make funnel cake?

I get asked a lot if you can use pancake mix. You can easily substitute your homemade from scratch funnel cakes with a complete pancake mix,the kind that you just mix with water, or even try out this waffle recipe to see if its a good fit!

Making Funnel Cake Tips: 

  • I used a skillet and filled it about 2″ with oil. I’d recommend you have at least a large container (48oz) of vegetable oil on hand for these.
  • I used an 18″ pastry bag. You can use a gallon size ziplock bag, but I recommend a freezer bag as it’s much more durable and the seam will (hopefully) not break open.
  • You could use this recipe in a fryer if you wanted

Dietary Considerations: Sorry guys…this one is not low carb or KETO friendly. Whomp, whomp. But if you close your eyes, you can imagine it’s kale, right?

How to make Funnel Cake

Place oil in a skillet and heat until hot.

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix milk and egg, beating well.

Add wet funnel cake ingredients to dry and mix well.

 

recipe for funnel cake and dough sitting in bottom of bowl with spoon

Place cake batter into a large pastry bag and snip the tip.

Pipe batter into the hot oil in looping shapes.

It needs to be thick enough that it doesn’t cook too fast and has time to spread into fried shapes.

 

add dough into a pipping bag to easily make funnel cake

Cook funnel cake on each side about 3 minutes, flipping halfway thorough.

drop dough into cast iron pan and grease and fry one side before flipping

 

how to make a funnel cake by frying dough in a cast iron pan and grease on a stove

Drain and let set funnel cakes sit on a plate with paper towels.

Serve your homemade funnel cakes with warm dusted with powdered sugar.

Makes 6 (about the size of the palm of an adult hand)

Funnel Cake Toppings

Jazzing up funnel cakes is half the fun when you make them at home!

Here are a few ideas on what to top yours with:

homemade funnel cake on a blue plate dusted with powdered sugar

Easy Funnel Cake Printable Recipe

5 from 12 votes

Funnel Cake Recipe


Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Easy funnel cake recipe, a made from scratch fall favorite, brings you right back to the fair.  Whip up your own delicious at home funnel cake (fried dough dusted in powdered sugar) in under 10 minutes. Get ready to lick your fingers clean!

Ingredients
 

  • vegetable oil
  • 1-1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Place oil in a skillet and heat until hot.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, mix milk and egg, beating well. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. 
  • Place batter into a large pastry bag and snip the tip. Pipe batter into the hot oil in looping shapes. Cook on each side about 3 minutes, flipping halfway thorough. Drain and let set on a plate with paper towels. 
  • Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar. Makes 6 (about the size of the palm of an adult hand)

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 6people | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g

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4 Comments

  1. Liked the funnel cake!!!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear that!

  2. Your directions say cook three minutes on each side flipping halfway through. Does that mean three minutes on each side or 1 1/2 minutes on each side and then flip?

    1. Hi kara, about 3 minutes on each side, so 5-6 minutes total (depends on how hot your oil is, so monitor the first few). Let me know if you have any other questions! ~Trisha