Monday, August 20

Perfect Fair Funnel Cakes

What a perfect treat for a summer party or get-together! No one likes spending $6+ for some fried batter at the county fair, but we tell ourselves its worth it (and sometimes it is:)), because not many people know how simple they can be to make right at home! What if you could make them yourself for next to nothing, and have as much as you want!? Well with this incredibly easy recipe you can, and should!! What'a you think? Too tempting to pass up? :)
Ever since I can remember my mom would make Funnel Cakes once in a while for those special occasions, and I remember being so so excited about the prospect of tearing off a sweet crispy piece and popping it into my mouth. To this day they are a still such a special treat to me, I just can't eat as many as I could when I was a kid:)
Martin and I have been talking about making these together for a while now, but finally we took the plunge and made them when my wonderful brother and his family came for a visit earlier this month. It was so much fun! Of course we looked for another chance to make them for a special occasion and the last time I set out to pass the recipe on to you. So here it is!

Perfect Fair Funnel Cakes
yield: approx six cakes
-2 cups flour
-2 eggs
-1 2/3 cups milk
-1 cup confectioners' sugar
-3 tablespoons granulated sugar
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-approx 6 cups (2 inches) oil for frying

Step #1. Begin by choosing a deep sided electric skillet or pan and heat your oil to 375°F. (I like to use an 8" spring-form pan outside as a frame.)
Step #2. Beat the rest of your wet ingredients together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
Step #3. In a large bowl, whisk your dry ingredients until well combined and slowly add them to your wet mixture, stirring with your hand mixer as you go.
Step #4. Ladle your batter into your funnel until full, and begin making your cakes! You'll want to first make a large circle around the outside forming the outline for your cake (about a 7 inch circle), then continue to swirl around however you want but working towards the middle. Make sure to draw lines from the center to the outside line to tie the whole thing together.
Step #5. Flip your cake over to fry both sides until it's golden brown. Use your tongs to remove the cake and shape it on paper towels to drain. Douse with some sweet powdered sugar to complete you cake and serve immediately!
I know I always say this, but I really really hope you give these a try with a group or family gathering, or even just for you and your family! These are so amazingly delicious and you can leave them lightly brown for soft and chewy, or cook a little longer for that crispness that just makes me weak at the knees.
We're gonna to make 'em again this weekend (and maybe the next) cuz they're just that good:) Come tell me when you're declared an angel for making these, and have a great week!
xo, Emily

source for inspiration:
slightly adapted from king arthur flour


  1. Totally pinning this recipe so I can come back to it later :D Thanks for sharing!

  2. mmmmm!!!!! this looks delicious. i've never even thought to make funnel cake

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  3. That looks so yummy! I have to try this with my family :-D Thanks for sharing.

  4. Those look so yummy, will have to try it :) x

  5. I could so go for one of these right now! Looks so delicious!

  6. um, wow. I am going to make these someday. soon. maybe tomorrow.

  7. oh my goodness this looks delicious! thanks for the recipe...i'm totally going to make these! xx

  8. Yum!! I remember getting funnel cakes at the fair when I was little. They are one of my best memories of those times! Thanks for sharing!

  9. You have no idea how excited this makes me! I went to the fair last weekend with my hubby and I kept talking about funnel cakes and how much I wanted one!! Apparently, Seattle doesn't do funnel cakes at their fair :( SO DISAPPOINTED! I've been craving one ever since...

  10. Oh my, those look amazing!!! I can't wait to try it. Stopping by from the Pure Joy Blog :) Loving your blog!

  11. so pretty, this is such a nice cooking session xo
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  12. Looks yummy!
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  13. I've never tried this! In Sapin we have churros, wich are nice, but I'd love to try this!! Thank you for the recipe :D

  14. Yum, this looks extremely delicious!
    Really want to try this!

  15. These look awesome and impressive! I bet that they were delicious! Beautiful photography. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog. You made my day! Looking forward to continuing to read more in your fantastic space. All the best, Monica

  16. Funnel cakes were a huge treat in our house growing up. Every once in a while mom would make them from scratch. So much fun! :)

  17. I was introduced to the funnel cake when I visited a friend in Arkansas a couple of years ago - coming from Australia I'd never even heard of them! So good... I should try and make them now!