County Fair Funnel Cakes

What’s your favorite thing about going to the County Fair? It has to be the Funnel Cakes! Do you ever wonder how to make funnel cake? Wonder no more! It’s easy to make and you don’t need a special funnel cake fryer to make them!

Homemade funnel cakes dusted with powder sugar.

Why This Recipe Works

Recreating your favorite fair recipe is not hard at all. In fact, it will take you back to the County Fair while enjoying it in your backyard.

This is the best funnel cake recipe! Why? Because it’s be made countless times and gets rave reviews.

You only need 8 ingredients for this recipe and all the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

And you don’t have to worry about having a special fryer because you don’t need it. A simple electric skillet will do the trick!

Recipe Ingredients

Thinking about making this delicious recipe? Here’s what you will need:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Brown Sugar
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Powdered Sugar
ingredients to make funnel cakes; flour, eggs, sugar, salt

How to Make Funnel Cakes

  1. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, and brown sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.
  4. Fill an electric skillet or deep fryer with4 inches of oil and heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  5. Cover the bottom of a funnel with your finger and put 1/2 cup of batter into the funnel.
  6. Hold the funnel several inches above the hot oil and move the funnel in a spiral motion while the batter is draining from the funnel.
  7. Fry for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  8. Drain the funnel cake on paper towels.
  9. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  10. Dust the funnel cakes with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Notes on Funnel Cake Technique

There is a good chance you won’t have one of those funnel cake tools to create the perfect funnel cake pattern. But you don’t need one and here’s how to do it.

  • Once you have your electric skillet or deep fryer hot enough, you will need to pour the batter into a large funnel. Make sure you keep your finger covering the bottom before you pour about a 1/2 cup of batter into it.
  • Hold the funnel several inches above the skillet, release your finger, and using a spiral motion, create your funnel cake. It will cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • If you don’t have a funnel, you can also use a large liquid measuring cup with a spout.
crispy homemade funnel cakes on a plate with powder sugar

And if you want to feel like you’re at the State Fair, make this State Fair Salad Dressing for dinner tonight!

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Homemade funnel cakes dusted with powder sugar.

County Fair Funnel Cakes

Make Funnel Cakes just like they do in fairs with this easy recipe.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: funnel cakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 332kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Add enough oil in an electric skillet or deep fryer so the depth is about 4 inches. You want to have an extra two inches of oil so the funnel cake can cook evenly.
  • Heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  • Cover the bottom of a funnel spout with your finger and ladle 1/2 cup of batter into funnel.
  • Holding the funnel several inches above the skillet, remove your finger from the bottom of the funnel and move the funnel in a spiral motion until all of the batter is released (scraping funnel with a rubber spatula if needed).
  • Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Drain the funnel cake on paper towels.
  • Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Dust the funnel cakes with powdered sugar.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

 The batter can be poured from a liquid measuring cup instead of a funnel. 

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Linda

    I just made the funnel cake, came out very good. I did add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the batter. Loved it, so did my family. To make it look like the funnel cakes from the fair, I put the batter in a pastry bag and squeezed it out in a circle then swirled it around back and forth so the batter could connect to each other. Plate size funnel cake came out great, with a good crisp to it. YUM. I added the strawberries and powered sugar..WOW!!! This is a keeper. I did try to pour the batter with the measuring cup but it poured out too heavy and wasn’t a steady flow. I was able to make 5 funnel cakes, though it depends on how many times you swirl the batter back and forth. Thank You, This is really good!

  2. Linda

    I just made the funnel cake, came out very good. I did add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the batter. Loved it, so did my family. To make it look like the funnel cakes from the fair, I put the batter in a pastry bag and squeezed it out in a circle then swirled it around back and forth so the batter could connect to each other. Plate size funnel cake came out great, with a good crisp to it. YUM. I added the strawberries and powered sugar..WOW!!! This is a keeper. I did try to pour the batter with the measuring cup but it poured out too heavy and wasn’t a steady flow. I was able to make 5 funnel cakes, though it depends on how many times you swirl the batter back and forth. Thank You, This is really good!

  3. Linda

    I just made the funnel cake, came out very good. I did add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the batter. Loved it, so did my family. To make it look like the funnel cakes from the fair, I put the batter in a pastry bag and squeezed it out in a circle then swirled it around back and forth so the batter could connect to each other. Plate size funnel cake came out great, with a good crisp to it. YUM. I added the strawberries and powered sugar..WOW!!! This is a keeper. I did try to pour the batter with the measuring cup but it poured out too heavy and wasn’t a steady flow. I was able to make 5 funnel cakes, though it depends on how many times you swirl the batter back and forth. Thank You, This is really good!

  4. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    Okay I love funnel cakes! I get one every time I go to a fair or an amusement park! Thanks for this recipe!

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