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Authentic Carnival Funnel Cake

Authentic Carnival Funnel Cake

Funnel cakes can be found at fairs, carnivals and theme parks all summer long. Sure to bring on fun memories, make your own fried dough topped with a dusting of sugar.
By Gina Kleinworth

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What’s your favorite thing to eat when you visit the fair or theme park? Mine is Funnel Cake! Every time we go to an event where they have a booth I have to stop and get one. It’s one of the fondest memories of my childhood. Living near Disneyland in So Cal we went all the time and each and every time I would get myself a Funnel Cake. Just because I had it frequently doesn’t mean that it became less special to me. It’s one of those things that in my mind is synonymous with fun. If I was having one it meant I was with my friends or family for a whole day of rides, laughter and excitement. So I couldn’t resist the temptation to finally make my own & now you can too.

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Authentic Carnival Funnel Cake

Funnel cakes can be found at fairs, carnivals and parks all summer long. Bring on fun memories and make your own fried dough topped with a dusting of sugar.

  • Author: Gina Kleinworth
  • Category: Fried, Cake, Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 11/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • *Oil for frying (amt depends on your skillet size) I used peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar for dusting


  1. Add dry ingredients into large bowl
  2. Add in eggs, milk & vanilla & whisk until fully combined & there are very little lumps
  3. In a large skillet add about 1/2 inch oil & heat to 350 degrees – watching closely
  4. Transfer batter into a large squeeze bottle – you may have to do this in batches
  5. Once oil has reached frying temperature – squeeze batter into funnel cake pattern – try to keep it somewhat circular
  6. Allow to fry 30-60 seconds or until golden brown – flip & cook other side the same
  7. *Note- keep watch of your oil temp as this can fluctuate.
  8. Once both sides are done cooking use tongs to remove & place immediately in paper sack to drain off the oil
  9. Continue with remaining batter & adding to the bag
  10. Once complete dust each cake with confectioners sugar before serving
  11. *Some like to also add some pie filling , berry sauce or chocolate sauce

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    • Hi Ruth – we made approximately 15 small funnel cakes – so if each person has one, you could feed a small crowd. If you use a larger squirt bottle & make the cakes larger like you would get at the carnival- probably no more than a few.

  • These were absolutely delish. I used canola oil and they were not greasy at all. Went in a circle and then crossed in the other direction and they were perfect.

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