Homemade Funnel Cakes!

Easy funnel cake recipe you can make at homeFunnel Cake!!! This is every bit of all your state fair/amusement park experiences packed into your kitchen. It's awesome. But I do have a few warnings to issue before we get down to business: 1. These are extremely addictive and, well, not very good for you. Be sure you have others to share with before you make these. Otherwise, umm, you can imagine. 2. In addition to tasting like those delicious fair-made funnel cakes these may also make your kitchen smell a little like a fair—for a long time. We are deep frying, people—I won't sugarcoat the details (Ha! I'm hilarious…ly lame). Open a window. It's a good thing. Unless it's snowing.Homemade funnel cake how toFunnel Cake Batter

3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
oil for frying (I used vegetable, but canola oil or shortening is fine too)

Whisk together the first five ingredients. Now stir in the water, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour into a squeeze bottle (can be found at most grocery stores in the baking section).
How to make funnel cake at homeIn a heavy duty pot (I always use my dutch oven when frying) heat a few inches of oil to around 375°F. Oil never stays at the perfect temperature (at least, not for me), so feel free to let it hover a little on the cool side of 375°F.  I found that when my oil was too hot, the funnel cakes fell apart while cooking more easily.How to make your own funnel cakes for friendsOnce your oil is hot enough use your squeeze bottle to pour the batter. A few tips: Keep your squeeze bottle close to the oil (but watch out you don't get spattered with hot oil!). If you hold the bottle farther away from the oil as you pour, the batter is less likely to stick together. Also try to squeeze the batter in circles quickly. You don't want too much to start cooking before you have pour all the batter for one funnel cake.I love funnel cake!!!Wait 20-30 seconds then use tongs or a slotted spoon to flip the funnel cake. Let it cook another 20 seconds and then remove to plate lined with paper towels (to remove excess oil). Repeat until you have cooked all your batter into cakes! Now you are ready to sprinkle on the powdered sugar and serve immedately while they are still warm. If you're making a big batch, you can pop them in the oven (at a super low temp) to keep them warm while you cook.Homemade funnel cake recipeHave fun making your own funnel cakes guys! xo. Emma

  • Love funnel cake! Totally had to pin this one, seems like an easy enough recipe that won’t take super long!

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  • Those look sooo good. I’m on it. And adding to my 1000-strong list of recipes.

  • I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.

  • mmmmmm, So delicious, the only perso I’m sharing it’s with alter-ego!!! jaja! 😉 XO! ♥

  • This looks so delicious. I love funnel cakes but never thought to make them at home!

    xx Kait

  • I love and hate you for posting this. Funnel cakes are sooooo delish it’s ridiculous. My hips, however, don’t quite like them.

    Oh well! I can go to the gym more this week to offset it!

  • oh my goodness. it’s really that easy? i love them!! talking about carnival food, i also love cotton candy, if every you happen to have a recipe for that. 😛

  • Ohhhhhhh man these look so delicious! But might be dangerous to my waistline…I’ll have to wait to make until I have lots of people to share them with 🙂


  • These look awesome! Great photos. You guys are so inspiring 🙂

    -xoxo Jessica


  • I just printed this recipe and then signed off my computer to go get lunch, yum, thanks for sharing!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Oh yum. As I’m sitting here having pretty much worked my way through breakfast I come across this. It’s probably time to hit the kitchen before I attempt to make fried goodies instead of something healthy. p.s. totally drizzle some chocolate syrup on them too. 😉

  • Hi, do any of you lovely people know what corn starch can be substituted with…or if it exists in the UK? So many delicious looking recipes from the states use it, so I must find a way 😉

    Esther x

  • yummmyyyy
    so perfect idea for breakfast
    i will try

  • Funnel cake brings back so many memories. I might have to try this one day.
    Xo Inna

  • these look so amazing! 🙂

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  • I didn’t know funnel cakes were so easy to make! Yours turned out looking super delicious.. I’m definitely indulging in this sometime soon.

  • I saw these on Pinterest the other day! Funnel cakes are such an enjoyable food, especially dusted with powdered sugar. They remind me of my childhood. great recipe for a monday 🙂

  • Eeeek yummy! These look sooo good!
    xo Emily @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • I love funnel cakes! I really want to try this out!

  • Oh my, I can only imagine how many miles I’d have to run if I made those! They look soooo good.

  • Um…yum! I don’t think i’ve commented before but I love your blog! I might need to wait until spring to try these, too cold to open a window right now. but brings back good memories!

  • I have always wanted to do this, but you know… once I unleash that type of goodness in my kitchen I might not be able to resist eating them every day. These look beautiful and delicious.


  • I made a Maple Syrup Version of these I posted on my blog a few weeks ago ()http://pixiwishesforeheadkisses.com/2013/01/06/maple-syrup-infused-funnel-cakes/ and they are so much fun to make!
    I used a piping bad but the squeeze bottle probably would have been easier.


  • My fiancé is going to love this so much! We both enjoy funnel cakes so much! Thanks for this, awesome post!!


  • hmmmm these look soo good!!! look so crisp! gotta give them a try. never had them before so i’m a bit curious how they taste like 🙂


  • OMG YES!
    I can’t wait to try these!!!
    I rarely get to eat funnel cakes nowadays :/

  • Oh my! These look delicious, I’m definitely going to try them! xx


  • those look pretty delicious. i’m more of a fried dough girl myself. any fair i’m at i can’t resist the fried dough stand with the melty butter, cinnamon and powdered sugar on top. now i’m gonna be drooling over the thought of fried dough for the rest of today. 🙂

  • YUM! I adore these!! I can’t wait to make them for myself – just like being at the fair!

  • Oh mannn…what are you doing to us!?? 😉 these look amaaazing!
    My husband would die for these..Thanks for sharing! We’re all allowed an unhealthy but DELICIOUS treat here and there!!

  • This is not helping my new years resolution to lose weight. These look amazing!!

  • You would not believe how long I searched for a squeeze bottle. And it was right under my nose! I found it the other day in my grocer’s baking aisle. Needless to say, this would be a great use for it. Thanks for sharing!


  • Oh wow Emma – those look amazing. Like I could eat that whole tower they look so delicious.
    xx Allison

  • That look fantabulous…so creative!! I must try this, my kids will love the concept. xx

  • I’ve never had funnel cake before! Maybe it’s an American thing? I’ve never seen any at a Canadian fair before. They look super delicious though!


  • Oh gosh, I love funnel cakes! They remind me of my childhood going to county fairs – you don’t get those living in the suburbs.

    Thanks so much the recipe and tips. I can’t wait to make my own.

  • And now I can die happy. 🙂 Maybe I’m just greedy, but I can’t imagine why you would want to share your funnel cakes with anyone. They can make their own!

  • mmmmmmmmmm…… I really love this kind of post….
    Kisses from The Impossible Love!

  • They are, in my opinion, a lot better when you use a larger opening instead of the small opening from the squeeze bottle. The squeeze bottle makes the batter come out in a smaller line so they get crisper and lose some of that softness on the inside that really completes a funnel cake. At least that is what I have found to be true.

  • I love funnel cakes! Thank you for the recipe, will try it and the photos are lovely!


  • Ah! What a perfect thing to make on a snow day! I can only imagine the feeling of summer these are going to bring to my apartment when I make them. Thank you!


  • These look great but they would only be the start of a funnel cake recipe here in Canada. We serve ours topped with soft ice cream, whipped cream, icing sugar, and lots of syrupy berries. Super bad for your but super delicious, mmm!

  • These look so nice! Perfect for brunch!
    Katie xx

  • I’ve never heard of a funnel cake, but I’m pretty sure they’re delicious . . . Squeezy bottle is now on my shopping list!

  • i will admit – i didn’t know what a funnel cake was until i read this. i’d heard of them…but now i know 🙂 they look yummy….i love the smell of fairs 🙂

  • Yumm! I’m definitely going to have to try these soon!
    That’s for sharing 🙂
    Rachel xx


  • And I was thinking about cookies right now wondering what to make. Here’s the answer!

    Thank you Emma!

    Kasia from http://esikfloresik.blogspot.com

  • i have never ever heard of funnel cakes! though from this post i’m thinking they’re like a carnival food? i don’t think we get them here in australia!
    they look like a bit of an enigma – are they a cake? are they a churro-like-thing?
    all i know is they look tasty, whatever they are 🙂

  • This is perfect. I’ve been craving something sweet and this looks quite amazing. Thanks for sharing Emma!

  • These are gorgeous! Perfect for a movie night!


  • God, I absolutely love funnel cakes. This would be great for a fair themed get together to brighten up the dull days of winter. Thanks for sharing Emma!

  • First donuts and now this?
    Are you trying to kill us?!
    Death by deliciousness. I’ll go get my stretchy pants.

  • Oh my goodness these look amazing! I am thinking we will use these for our next family night:) thanks for sharing.


  • Oh my goodness yum! I used to live in the country in Maine, and went to the state fair and always got funnel cake. Now I live in Boston and haven’t had it for a while. Such nostalgia, I have to make these!

    Juliette Laura

  • Omgggg as amazing as these look I am literally never making these ever for the good of my own health x


  • Yuuummmy,you always come up with the most delicious food ever!
    I love your sweet recipes and I this is another one I need to try!


  • Shut Up! I think this just changed my life. I like the disclaimer that you should have friends to share with..probably a good idea 😉

    xx Ashleigh


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