Funnel Cake 3 Ways for #SundaySupper

If you like pancakes and the convenience of donuts you’ll love funnel cakes. Funnel cakes show up at every county fair and parade in PA. These fried batter treats are Pennsylvania Dutch in origin and a big part of my heritage.

Funnel Cakes got their name by the way they’re made. The batter was dropped into a vat of oil by filling a funnel and removing and replacing your finger over the hole to adjust the flow. You can use a measuring cup with a spout, but it gives you less control. I like to use a squeeze bottle. The bottle keeps my hands farther away from the hot oil and splashes.

Funnel Cake


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • oil for frying

Mix together egg and milk.
In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
Slowly add wet mix to dry mix and stir until you have a smooth batter. While batter rests, heat oil to 375 degrees.
Place batter in funnel (remember to keep your finger in place), spouted measuring cup or squeeze bottle.
Drizzle batter into oil making circular or criss-cross patterns.

funnel cake drop
Fry until golden brown on first side, flip and fry until batter is golden brown and cooked all the way through.

funnel cake fry

Remove and set on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Sprinkle with powder sugar while still warm. Serve with fruit if desired.
funnel cake 3 ways

Replace 1/4 cup flour with cocoa powder. Fry as above. Drizzle chocolate syrup and choc chips over finished cake.
Replace sugar with granulated brown sugar or Turbinado sugar. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Serve sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Here are some Street Treat favorites from our Sunday Supper Group!

Bread on the Boulevard

Hand-Held Savory Eats

To-Go Containers

Sweets on the Streets

Grab a Thermos 

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40 Responses to Funnel Cake 3 Ways for #SundaySupper

  1. Bea says:

    Oh, these sound so delicious Cindy; would love to have one right now :) ~ Thank you for sharing.
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  4. Stacy says:

    Those are a fairground favorite all the way down to Texas, Cindy! I love your idea of the squeeze bottle. It makes much prettier funnel cakes than my big funnel would!
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  6. Funnel Cakes!!!! Oh so delicious! I love dipping mine in melted chocolate. Thank you Cindy…now I need to attend our local fair!
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  14. Funnel cakes are one of my all-time favorite street foods! They totally remind me of growing up and going to the fair in the heat of summer. These look awesome, Cindy! Love your variations, too :)
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  17. Liz says:

    I’d skip dinner in order to justify a big helping of your funnel cakes! They look terrific (and they’re always at our state fair, too).
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  19. I like mine with powdered sugar and cinnamon! YUM!
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  20. You just made me have major flashbacks of my younger days in So Cal goig to the San Diego fair every year. I have lived in Washington for several years and haven’t gone so this was a nice trip down memory lane for me!!
    Bobbi *Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen*
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  21. Mary Withrow says:

    This is a fun food the children love! I love it with just powered sugar. Thanks for the ideas!

  22. Tara says:

    I have only had a bite of a funnel cake once and it was so good, that was at Universal in Florida. Thanks so much for sharing!!
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  23. Shannon R says:

    Aw man, I didn’t need to know how to make these! I’m going to have to buy new pants!
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  24. Mmm…I love funnel cake. Funny I’ve only had them at fairs. After seeing this post, I’m wishing I had one now though! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Soni says:

    Oh my!!Cindy I love love funnel cakes but never made them myself!I’m so going to try this recipe and surprise my kids :) Love all your variations too!!!
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  26. This is awesome Cindy! My fiance loves funnel cakes – I may have to make these for him.
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  27. lee patterson says:

    I had these at sea world in sandiego and loved it ours was big enough that it was lunch and dinner for two,

  28. These look like so much fun to make at home! I want to have a funnel-cake making party now!!
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  29. Renee says:

    Awesome Cindy. I’ve eaten my share, your share, and a few other people’s share of funnel cakes in my days. The plain with powdered sure is my favorite. Simple fried goodness.
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  30. Funnel cakes bring me back to fairs as a child. They were a treat my mom loved, so we’d always get them. Just with powdered sugar. She didn’t like anything else messing with the doughy crunch!
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