Easy Homemade Funnel Cake

Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe -bring the carnival home with this easy, inexpensive recipe sure to impress guests, and remind you of a day at the fair.

Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe -bring the carnival home with this easy, inexpensive recipe sure to impress guests, and remind you of a day at the fair.

This Homemade Funnel Cake is a classic fair food favourite, and a special treat whenever we have the pleasure of partaking. Just the thought of funnel cakes brings to mind sweet memories of a local fair, carnival, or theme parks like Disney World, or Canada’s Wonderland. But since those special days are few and far between, we started making our own funnel cakes at home with this easy funnel cake recipe.  With recipe you won’t have to wait until a special time of year, you can have a delicious funnel cake anytime you want.

These homemade funnel cakes are really pretty easy to make. Small at-home deep fryers are so safe and easy to use they make it really easy to make fried funnel cakes at home. They don’t hold the danger that a pot of oil on the stove does, and they regulate the temperature for you, taking away the hard part of deep frying. 

They’re also quite inexpensive. So don’t let your fear of deep frying hold you back from making this recipe, which is sure to become your favorite thing.  You can now enjoy this classic fair food at home.

how to make funnel cakes at home

Yield: 6

Easy Homemade Funnel Cake

Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe -bring the carnival home with this easy, inexpensive recipe sure to impress guests, and remind you of a day at the fair.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • frying oil
  • powdered sugar


  1. To make the funnel cake batter begin by sifting together dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another medium mixing bowl, stir together eggs, milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, and stir to combine.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer, or deep pot to 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer over a medium-high heat.
  4. Put the funnel cake batter in a ziplock, and cut a small hole in the corner or use a squeeze bottle to pour batter into the hot oil in a random pattern with a circular swirling motion. It might take a little practise to make the perfect funnel cake. You can make large or mini funnel cake forms. Fry until golden brown, and flip over to the second side with a slotted spoon or metal tongs. Repeat until you've used all the batter. Drain fried funnel cake on paper towels or a wire rack for the excess oil to drain, and then add a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. Optional: Serve the warm funnel cake with a popular topping like ice cream, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 8g
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Funnel Cake Topping Ideas

There are lots of delicious options for topping small or large funnel cakes. Try all of your favorite toppings:

  • fresh fruit
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • confectioners sugar
  • cinnamon sugar
  • hot fudge sauce
  • caramel sauce

I love doing something like this for a party. We just plug-in our little deep fryer outside, beside the bbq, and cook these up for our guests while they linger around the table with a glass of wine, and some music playing in the background. This is even better than having them at a county fair, or amusement parks.  Everyone will love these perfect funnel cakes.  This easy recipe is sure to become a new favourite.

canada's wonderland style homemade funnel cakes

These crispy funnel cakes make for the perfect casual summer entertaining treat, oh and did I mention your guests will be totally impressed?  You don’t have to wait until fair season to enjoy one of your fair favorites anymore.

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With a Homemade Funnel Cake, life really is a party!

More Inspiration

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  1. Ahhhh I’m so excited for this! I’ve always wondered how to make funnel cakes, and since having to go gluten free I really really miss them & it breaks my heart I can’t eat them. Totally going to try converting this to gluten free! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  2. Bob’s Red Meal 1 to 1 Gluten Free flour (Whole Foods) is the best. I substitute it for recipes calling for flour. Add in place of reg flour and follow your recipe. However…DO NOT add any xanthum gum (or guar gum) as it is already in this flour. Use a spoon to scoop flour from bag into measuring cup, if not and you scoop it WITH measuring cup…too dense! Happy baking!!

  3. This Recepie is great! I love it, I’ve made Funnel Cakes several times using this exact recipe! Thanks! Keep Cooking!

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