Homemade Funnel Cakes

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Funnel Cakes come from North America and are made by pouring batter into hot oil and deep frying until golden brown. The batter is usually poured through a funnel into the oil to create the typical texture.

In today’s post, I’ll show you a super simple recipe for funnel cakes made from a quick mix of flour, milk, eggs, baking soda, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt. Have fun baking!

Cooked/Baked today: Homemade Funnel Cakes
Difficulty: Easy
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Category: Baking Recipes, Cake Recipes, Sweets & More, North American Recipes
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Homemade Funnel Cakes

Homemade Funnel Cakes

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 250 grams flour
  • 250 milliliters milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • A pinch salt
  • 400 – 500 milliliters oil
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Sieve
  • Pot or wok for deep-frying
  • Little milk jug or funnel to portion the batter
  • Candy thermometer
  • Kitchen paper


…for batter:

Add 250 milliliters milk, 2 eggs, 1 sachet of vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl and mix with a whisk or blender until all ingredients are well combined.

Preparing Batter

Preparing Batter

Next, take a sieve and sift 250 grams flour as well as 1 teaspoon baking powder to the milk mixture, then stir in flour and baking powder until a smooth and viscous batter.

…for funnel cakes:

Heat up a pan or wok adding 400 – 500 milliliters of oil for deep-frying. Ideally, check the oil temperature with a thermometer and heat it up to 175°C – 180°C.

Deep-Frying Funnel Cakes

Deep-Frying Funnel Cakes

Transfer ¼ of the batter into a small creamer (or similar) and gently pour the batter into the hot oil with random “zig-zag” movements in a steady stream.

Deep-fry funnel cakes on each side until golden brown for about 2 minutes, turning them carefully. Then lift the done funnel cakes out of the oil and allow them to drain on kitchen paper.

Dust the funnel cakes with a generous portion of powdered sugar & serve still warm & crispy. Have fun baking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):


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