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Rating: 4.14 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

The addition of lemon extract and brown sugar make this funnel cake recipe a stand-out.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 - 20 cakes
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a heavy frying pan, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

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  • Whisk together the eggs, milk and lemon extract. Fold in the flour mixture, stirring until well blended. In a separate bowl, sift together the confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

  • Blocking the spout with your finger, fill the funnel with 3/4 cup of the batter. Place your hand over the hot oil and carefully remove your finger. Scribble and criss-cross the batter into the oil, then fry until golden on both sides. Using a slotted spatula, lift the funnel cake out of the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat this procedure with the remaining batter, and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture while still 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

403 calories; protein 7.4g; carbohydrates 55g; fat 17.2g; cholesterol 50.2mg; sodium 223.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2004
Very delicious! Don't be afraid of the lemon extract it just adds a delicate touch of flavor to the cakes. I had more batter left over in the fridge and they fried up perfectly the next day. I did not need quite as much oil as the recipe called for. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2006
Although my family liked this recipe I did not care for it. I thought the batter was too sweet. Also I had to add a bit more milk. For those reasons I only gave it 3 stars. I may fix it again for my family probably I will use a tradtional recipe though. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
Very delicious! Don't be afraid of the lemon extract it just adds a delicate touch of flavor to the cakes. I had more batter left over in the fridge and they fried up perfectly the next day. I did not need quite as much oil as the recipe called for. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2003
We love this at my house. Kinda messy but worth it. My kids enjoyed seeing what shapes they could make drizzling the batter but of course I stayed right there (hot oil!) A fun old fashioned economical treat. Think I'll make some spider web shaped ones for Halloween! It's easy if you use a squirt bottle for drizzling the batter. It makes thinner strands that way. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
Well I've been searching for a perfect funnel cake recipe and took me a while to get around to trying this one because it only had 4 stars but this is the BEST funnel cake I've ever made! I used a clean empty pancake syrup bottle to squeeze out the funnel cakes easily into the oil. Saw them use that at Knott's Berry Farm actually. Topped with powdered sugar strawberries (mixed with white sugar) and whipped cream. AMAZING! I'll never be able to spend money on them at theme parks and fairs again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2006
I was looking for a simple yet great funnnel cake and I found this... not a crumb left... Family loved them.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2005
I just used this recipe for the kids at a Memorial Day cook-out and boy was it a success. Not only for the kids but the parents also it really took us back to our carnival days. Thank you for a great recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2006
Although my family liked this recipe I did not care for it. I thought the batter was too sweet. Also I had to add a bit more milk. For those reasons I only gave it 3 stars. I may fix it again for my family probably I will use a tradtional recipe though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2004
My family loved this recipe for funnel cakes. We loved the brown sugar that was added. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/04/2010
I don't know if I did something wrong but this did not work for me and I was SO excited. Once I got the oil temperature right the batter taste was not good and not light and airy like at the carnivals. Guess that's where I will continue to get them...:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2010
This recipe is excellent thank you for sharing it will come in handy for thanksgiving. I'm sure the family will love it. Read More
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