How To Make Funnel Cake – Best Simple & Delicious Recipe

The traditional funnel cake isn’t even a cake. Instead, a spiraling fried batter, fresh strawberry sauce, and copious amounts of powdered sugar are used to create this famous treat. It’s impossible to forget the taste of strawberry sauce with crunchy, fried dough. Making funnel cake at home will now amaze everyone.

About Funnel Cakes

The American-style funnel cake is a delicately sweetened, fluffy, and crisp fried delicacy that is sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. It is most likely the work of the Pennsylvania Dutch. At state fairs, funnel cakes are huge, paper plate-sized confections that are produced by drizzling heated oil with batter that is poured from a funnel in a winding round motion.

Requirements for making this recipe

Funnel cake ingredients are required.

  • When frying, you must choose oil with a high smoke point because a low smoke point oil can give your food a bad taste. For frying, I advise using canola, peanut, or vegetable oil.
  • All-purpose flour is ideal for this; normal all-purpose flour works best. Although it can still work if all you have is cake flour. Due to its high protein content, bread flour can make the batter overly dry.
  • Baking powder: When cakes are fried, baking powder helps the cakes puff up. Verify again to be sure yours has not run out and get a new one if it has.

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Instructions make the funnel cake

To make the funnel cake

  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Once the wet ingredients are combined add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until a smooth thin batter is formed.
  • Allow the batter to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes while you make the strawberry sauce.

To make the strawberry sauce

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the water, sugar, and strawberries. Allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the strawberries are soft. Whisk in the corn starch and vanilla and allow to simmer for an additional minute to activate the corn starch. At this point, you should have a thick strawberry sauce. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

To fry the funnel cakes

  • Line a cooling rack with a paper towel and set it aside. This is for the funnel cake to drain after frying.
  • Add the oil to a medium frying pan and allow to heat over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot transfer 1/4 cup of batter to a piping bag using a ladle or large spoon. Snip the tip of the piping bag and carefully stream the batter into the hot oil using a spiral motion, to form the classic funnel cake shape.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes then gently flip using a spider or fish fryer. Allow frying for 1-2 minutes.
  • Using your spider gently remove the funnel cake from the oil and transfer it to the lined rack to drain and cool.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining batter until all of it is used.

To assemble

  • Top each funnel cake with a generous dollop of strawberry sauce and dust with icing sugar.
  • Enjoy immediately!

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Some notes

  • The ideal oil temperature can be achieved with the aid of a candy thermometer. If the oil is too hot, the funnel cake will burn on the outside before cooking inside, and if the oil is too cold, the funnel cake will soak up too much oil as it cooks, turning out greasy.
  • If a scale is not available, make sure to fluff the flour with a spoon before sprinkling it into the measuring cups and leveling it with a knife. The best way to measure flour without overfilling the cup is using this method. The batter will become too thick to pour through a funnel if there is too much flour added.
  • To pour the batter into the oil without a funnel, use a measuring cup or a squeeze bottle.
    Before serving, the newly cooked cakes can help absorb extra oil by being placed on a paper towel.
  • It’s best to fry in a Dutch oven. Cast iron will prevent excessive temperature swings in the oil and maintain consistent frying. Use a sizable saucepan with a heavy bottom and high sides if you don’t have one to prevent spatter.

Pro suggestions for preparing this recipe

  • A candy thermometer is a useful instrument for determining the proper oil temperature. The funnel cake will burn on the outside before cooking inside if the oil is too hot, and it will become greasy if the oil is not hot enough.
  • Be sure to fluff the flour with a spoon, sprinkle it into the measuring cups, and then level it off with a knife if you are not using a scale to measure the flour. The best approach to measure flour without cramming the cup too full is using this technique. If you overdo it on the flour, the batter will become too thick to pour through a funnel.
  • If you don’t have a funnel, you can pour your batter into the oil using a measuring cup or a squeeze bottle.
    Before serving, the newly cooked cakes can be placed on a paper towel to absorb any leftover oil.
  • For frying, a Dutch oven is perfect. Cast iron will keep the cooking consistent by preventing excessive temperature swings in the oil. If you don’t have one, use a sizable pot with a heavy bottom and high sides to prevent splatter.

Questions and Answers

Without a funnel, how do you make funnel cakes?

It’s simple! Pour a little amount of the batter into a measuring cup, then circulate, cross, or pour it into the heated oil in a zigzag pattern. This approach offers the least chance of spills and is the easiest to clean up—I adore it!

Pour the batter into a piping bag with a large round tip (12 inch diameter) if you are having difficulties getting a thin stream to form. The batter should be divided, piped into the oil, and the tip should be covered with a finger.

The ideal oil for funnel cake?

My recipe for funnel cake calls for a neutral oil, which I advise using. For this dish, vegetable, canola, or peanut oil all work well. These are the frying oils I prefer to use for anything from apple fritters to fried pickles.

Can the batter for funnel cakes be chilled?

Yes! It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight container.

I wish you some pleasant, summertime memories from making this meal. Additionally, feel free to contact us at any time with your questions and concerns if the information wasn’t what you were searching for or is something completely else; are always pleased to help!


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