Funnel Cakes

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Funnel Cakes

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Published prior to 2008

The county fair: 4-H, fresh lemonade, and funnel cakes!

6 cups (2 pounds) vegetable oil or shortening (2 1/2 pounds), for frying
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) milk
2 large eggs
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioners' sugar

Heat the oil to 375°F in a deep fryer, or a deep, heavy pan with sides at least 3 inches deep.

In a large bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour 1 cup of batter into the dispenser. Start from the center of the hot oil and, in a swirling motion, pour batter in concentric and overlapping circles to make a 6- or 7-inch round. Fry cake on both sides, until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve warm. Yield: about 8 cakes.


  • star rating 05/02/2015
  • richardhamel from KAF Community
  • I have made Funnel Cakes for years at Fairs and other events working with youth organizations from a bagged mix. It's faster and no mess but, this sounds like it would be less costly and just as good if not better. I'm going to taste test today for the kids. Thanks Rich Hamel
  • star rating 01/05/2013
  • Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies from Toronto
  • This was excellent. The consistency of the batter was very good. I've tried other recipes and they are always too thin. We had this with some homemade vanilla ice cream and it was a hit with everyone! Thank you King Arthur Flour for such a great recipe!
  • star rating 12/13/2011
  • jeffandmagda from KAF Community
  • So easy & so delicious! I decided to make these for my kids' after school snack on a whim this afternoon. The batter was quick & very simple. I added a teaspoon of vanilla to it because one of my kids is a vanilla nut. We don't have a deep fryer, I just use a large pot on top of my stove & my grocery store purchased candy/oil thermometer. I didn't have a "dispenser", so I used a quart sized plastic bag with the corner cut off & drizzled in concentric circles the best that I could. My technique leaves something to be desired aesthetically, but the funnel cakes were so delicious that no one even noticed. :D Great recipe, KAF! My family & I thank you!
  • star rating 07/22/2009
  • Autumn from Kennesaw GA
  • it looks great and taste great too. it is very easy to make and you should try it too!!