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Funnel Cake



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay. The batter should be smooth but thick enough to flow slowly off a spoon.
  4. Heat the Oil:
    • In a deep, heavy pot or a deep fryer, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375°F (190°C). Use a candy or deep-fry thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  5. Funnel Cake Fun:
    • You can use a funnel to pour the batter, but if you don’t have one, a squeeze bottle or a plastic bag with a corner snipped off works too.
    • Hold the funnel (or other tool) over the hot oil and pour a steady stream of batter into the oil while swirling it in a circular or crisscross pattern to create a lacy, funnel cake shape. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan; fry one cake at a time or as many as comfortably fit without touching.
  6. Fry and Flip:
    • Fry for about 2-3 minutes on one side or until it’s golden brown and crispy. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, carefully flip the funnel cake and fry the other side until golden brown.
  7. Drain and Dust:
    • Remove the funnel cake from the oil and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
    • While it’s still warm, dust the funnel cake generously with powdered sugar.
  8. Serve:
    • Funnel cake is best enjoyed immediately while it’s hot and crispy.
  9. Variations:
    • Get creative with toppings! You can add whipped cream, fresh berries, chocolate sauce, or even a drizzle of caramel for extra indulgence.
  10. Enjoy!
    • Serve your homemade funnel cake as a fun and delicious treat at fairs, festivals, or right at home.
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Enjoy your homemade funnel cake – it’s a delightful and nostalgic sweet treat!