You don't need to wait for the county fair to enjoy delicious old-fashioned funnel cakes. You just need a funnel with a 1/2-inch opening that can hold a cup of batter.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
3 large cakes
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a deep-fryer, or heavy skillet, heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, beat milk and eggs together. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the egg mixture until smooth.

  • While covering the funnel hole with one hand, pour in 1 cup of batter. Start from the center in a swirling motion to make a 6 or 7 inch round. Fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve warm.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

524 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 50g 16% DV; fat 32.6g 50% DV; cholesterol 66.9mg 22% DV; sodium 303.1mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2003
I will never spend 5 bucks on funnel cakes at the fair again! Finding the right size funnel in my area has been difficult so we just drizzle them out of a small glass measuring cup. The kids love these topped with vanilla pudding and whipped topping straight from the can, I prefer fresh strawberries and cream :-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/15/2003
this cake was disgusting my whole family hated it and said "eww where did u get this disgusting cake " Read More
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226 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 152
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2003
I will never spend 5 bucks on funnel cakes at the fair again! Finding the right size funnel in my area has been difficult so we just drizzle them out of a small glass measuring cup. The kids love these topped with vanilla pudding and whipped topping straight from the can, I prefer fresh strawberries and cream :-) Read More
(310)
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2003
Excellent. Like other fried foods, very oily. We added extra flour to make it thicker. It took us two tries before we finally got it right. The first time, it got stuck to the deep fryer's cage/handle-thing, so we removed it. Second, we poured it in too fast and it was a giant blob that didn't cook on the inside. Third time(correct) we poured a small stream in and made circles. The dough started collecting randomly at the top, and then we connected them so they it looked like a real funnel cake. We're college students with minimal cooking experience, and it turned out great, so I believe that the negative comment here was due to the cooks, not the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2003
I liked this recipe because it wasn't incredibly sweet dough. I just halfed the batch which made 3 funnel cakes for us! Good job! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2009
One of the reviewers of this recipe was really mean, if you don't like a recipe just say so, you don't have to insult the submitter. I added 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla to the batter. Tastes exactly like the Fair funnel cakes, which means, this recipe does exactly what it's supposed to. Thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/14/2003
this cake was disgusting my whole family hated it and said "eww where did u get this disgusting cake " Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I found the recipe to be great. The only thing I changed was I used a cake decorator which was faster then useing the funnel. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
they tasted like the real thing! i didn't have a funnel, so i used a pastry bag instead. it didn't really hold together while frying, so i made a second batch with more flour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2003
This is soooo Good. While frying them my house filled up with the smell of our county fair; when they make funnel cakes. I recommend this to any one wanting a good funnel cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2003
I love this recipe. It was so easy to prepare and make everyone loved it. You can get fair style cakes at home for less than what they charge at those fairs. Amen to that! Read More
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