We love to make these funnel cake fries for casual get-togethers, as they’re great for dipping and sharing. I also put them out with coffee and tea instead of cookies, and they’re extremely popular. Plus, kids absolutely love them!
What is Funnel Cake?
In case you’re wondering, funnel cake got its name nearly 150 years ago when European settlers brought to America the technique of pouring cake batter through a funnel in hot oil. The batter would drip out and form a pancake-like shape in the deep fryer, producing a dessert that’s fluffy, light and crispy.
Since then, funnel cake has become a staple at state fairs and carnivals as an on-the-go dessert. Squeeze bottles have replaced funnels, and baking powder has replaced yeast, but the concept is still the same. The rest is history!
How to Make Funnel Cake Fries
But no need to wait for the state fair to enjoy some funnel cake! This recipe allows you to enjoy a bite-size version of funnel cake that’ll be ready in 20 minutes. You’ll need the following ingredients:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil
- Optional dipping sauces: caramel sauce or marshmallow fluff
If you don’t want to make your own funnel cake batter from scratch, there are a few funnel cake mixes available online.
Important: It’s much easier to make funnel cake fries if you have a squeeze bottle. Of course you can use an old mustard or ketchup bottle that’s been thoroughly cleaned out.
For the deep frying, you can use a medium saucepan with at least 1 inch of oil heated to 350°F, or a deep fryer. Once the oil is hot, it’s just a matter of squeezing batter into long sticks. Make sure there are no big lumps in the batter.
Fry for 30-60 seconds until golden, and remove to a wire rack or plate lined with paper towel. Use a slotted spoon is helpful for removing the funnel cake fries from the hot oil.
Traditionally funnel cake fries are served in a basket lined with a checkered napkin, but feel free to use whatever you have available. Dipping sauces such as your favorite caramel sauce or some marshmallow fluff are a great addition for serving, and ideal for a party!
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Funnel Cake Fries (with Video)
Funnel Cake Fries are mouthwatering bite-size sticks that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. There's no need to wait for the state fair to enjoy these easy snacks you can make at home in just 20 minutes. Perfect for parties and get-togethers served with caramel sauce or marshmallow fluff. Plus video tutorial!
Funnel Cake Batter (see note)
- 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 350°F. Set aside a wire rack or a plate lined with paper towel.
- 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 prepared plate or rack.
Dust with optional powdered sugar and serve with optional dip(s). Enjoy!
If you don't want to make homemade batter, use a store-bought funnel cake mix instead and follow the package instructions.
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Editor Note: Originally posted on August 13, 2016 and was updated Dec. 5, 2017.
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