Best Funnel Cake Recipe

The best funnel cake recipe can be found here, with interesting substitutes to make it a one of a kind yummy dessert dish. Find out all that you need to know in making the perfect funnel cake...
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A funnel cake is an interesting and easy dessert to prepare, and can be done anywhere, anytime; be it from the comfort of your home to sit down and devour with loved ones, or for a bake-off sale/fair/carnival. This recipe originated from the Pennsylvania Dutch region in the US, and is a favorite among the people. This tasty dish is made by pouring batter into a big funnel spout, where the batter is then poured into hot oil, in a circular fashion, making the soft batter take on a knotty look.

Once it deep-fries, the outcome of the funnel cake is crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. It can be eaten with anything from fruits strew around it to flavored syrups spread generously on its surface. Here we have some of the best funnel cake recipes, that are sure to tickle your palette.

Easy Homemade Funnel Cake Recipes

To make this dish, we first start off with homemade funnel cake using pancake mix. This will give you a nice, sweet and creamy texture on the inside of the funnel cake when you take that first bite.

Funnel Cake with Buttery Chocolate Chips

What You'll Need:
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3-4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • Chocolate chips (½ bowl)
  • Two teaspoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Deep bottomed pan
  • Funnel spout
  • Tongs
Method of Preparation

Take a nice big bowl and whisk in your 3 eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and baking soda. Do this until you've reached a smooth finish. Make sure you've got the oil heating on the gas beforehand (375°F; use a cooking thermometer). When the oil's hot enough, that is, when you see it ripple on the surface, you know it's ready. When you pour your batter into the funnel spout, make sure the other end is sealed with a stopper. Then gently place the funnel two inches above the oil, and start moving your arm in a circular motion, so that the batter curls and twists, giving it that wriggly look.

Repeat the circular pattern, alternating your hand movement to crisscross and overlap the batter into thick elongated clumps, being sure to be quick but careful when doing this. Keep the funnel spout aside, and wait for your batter to turn golden brown in color. When it turns into that nicely glazed, crispy golden exterior, flip it over occasionally for about four minutes. Once that's done, turn the gas off and gently place the funnel cake using the tongs, onto a tray with kitchen roll on the bottom.

Leave it there for the sheet to soak up the excess oil from the cake. Pat the top of the funnel cake as well, to remove oil from its top. Then apply the butter evenly, before you then generously shower the cake with chocolate chips. You can alternate ingredients in this funnel cake mix recipe, using chocolate shavings, raisins, nuts, jam or cinnamon dust.

Carnival Funnel Cake Recipe

If you've got a bake-off, or carnival/fair date coming soon, you can set up your stall and offer carnival goers with this funnel cake delight. Here's showing you how to make one the best funnel cakes there is, when you try your hand out at making it for the carnival/fair or wherever else you please.

Vanilla and Lemon Funnel Cake with Strawberry Cream

What You'll Need:
  • 4 cups of flour (all-purpose)
  • ¼ cup of sugar (powdered)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Two tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • A teaspoon of lemon zest
  • Two tablespoons of double cream
  • 4 strawberries
  • 3 cups of milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Funnel spout
  • Tongs
Method of Preparation

Start heating the oil until it reaches 375°F, and then move on to the batter. In a big bowl, whisk in 1 cup of milk, the 4 cups of flour, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, eggs, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. Once the batter reaches a creamy finish, pour it into the funnel spout, using a stopper at the other end to avoid spillage. Once the oil heats up, hold the funnel spout two inches above the oil and start spreading your batter in a circular motion, till all the batter runs out.

While that deep-fries, take a blender and mix in the strawberries, one cup milk, double cream and about a teaspoon of sugar. Keep it aside, and attend to your funnel cake again. Remove the deep-fried cake using the tongs, and let it sit on a tray with tissue roll layered in to remove excess oil. Cut it into even slices starting at the center and making your way to the end. Once you have your neat triangles, you can spread the strawberry cream over each slice, coating it evenly.

Alternate your toppings with anything that you like or find delicious to add to your funnel cake recipe. This will give you a chance to experiment with different ingredients, changing the cake's taste every single time. There's nothing to it really. Bon appetit!