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.


  • 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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