Warmer weather always gets us thinking about state fairs, which inspire so many amazing food experiences. One of them is funnel cake, the delicious deep fried cake sticks that are crispy on the outside and sweet and fluffy on the inside. Yum!
Funnel cake is an invention of European immigrants to Pennsylvania, where they adapted yeast-risen batter to use baking powder instead. Funnel cake got its name because the batter is poured through a funnel directly into hot oil for frying…
Nowadays funnel cakes are a staple at many state fairs and carnavals. So consider this recipe a taste of the state fair you can make at home in about 20 minutes or less.
Funnel cake fries are bite size sticks and therefore easier to make than the larger funnel cakes. That being said, you can attempt a funnel cake with this recipe no problem…
Our recipe starts with a funnel cake batter made with flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla. You combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and beat the wet ingredients in another bowl. Then mix the two together, and Voilà! You have your very own funnel cake mix.
It’s a bit like pancake batter except that funnel cake batter should be nice and smooth instead of having some lumps. All you need to do is fry them in 350°F oil for 30-60 seconds until they’re golden, and you’re finished!
STEP BY STEP PROCESS PHOTO
Traditionally funnel cake fries are served in a basket lined with a checkered napkin, but feel free to improvise. You can serve them with marshmallow fluff or caramel as a dipping sauce.
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DIY Funnel Cake Fries (with Video)
Easy Funnel Cake Fries – delicious cake batter is fried to perfect golden crispy fries. Served with some caramel sauce or a marshmallow dip! You can make the cake batter following our tutorial or get a funnel cake mix from your grocery store.
Funnel Cake Batter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
Funnel Cake Batter
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- In another medium bowl, mix eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla until frothy.
- Add in flour mixture and blend until smooth.
Frying and Serving
- Add oil to a medium saucepan or deep fryer and heat to 350F degrees.
- Add batter to squeeze bottle or pastry bag. Pipe the batter in long lines into hot oil and fry 30-60 seconds until golden.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the fries to a paper-towel lined plate.
- Dust with optional powdered sugar and serve with optional dips. Enjoy!
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Editor’s Note: This post was posted on August 13, 2016 originally, and has been updated with new photos.