Funnel cakes make scrumptious desserts. Here are a few recipes for you to try out at home and enjoy with your folks.

Funnel Cake Recipes

Ever wondered what makes American carnivals, state fairs and ballparks all the more enjoyable? A requisite fixture to these events would indubitably be funnel cakes, an American delicacy that links back to the Pennsylvania Dutch of the 19th century. The standard formula for this dessert involves pouring the batter into boiling hot oil through a funnel and later deep frying it until a golden-brown mouth watering cake is formed. It is the Indian counterpart of ‘jalebis’ (which are made of rice flour) and ‘churro’, a breakfast snack popular amongst the Spanish speaking countries. Infact, it is so simple to make at home that one wouldn’t have to wait for the next carnival or fair. On a lighter note, cake lovers would be delighted to learn that a 6” diameter funnel cake has fewer than 300 calories! Apart from being utterly yummy and honouring harvest festivals, funnel cakes serve as fantastic fundraisers for numerous events and festivals, with a minimal investment in equipment. Here are three hallowed funnel cake recipes that will transport you to heaven!

Easy Funnel Cake Recipes

Funnel Cake

  • 1 ½ cups of Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 3 tbsp of Sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking Soda
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp of Salt
  • ¼ tsp of Mace - optional
  • ½ tsp of Cinnamon - optional
  • Oil for frying
  • You will need a funnel, large enough to hold a cup of batter and a deep fryer or heavy skillet. (If you don't have a funnel, a large pastry bag will do, but it will get a little messy.)
  • In a medium bowl, mix 1 ½ cups of the flour and the baking powder jointly.
  •  In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, salt, and milk as one.
  • Add the flour and baking powder mixture and stir until smooth.
  • In a deep fryer or heavy skillet, heat the oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Place you finger over the hole in the bottom of the funnel and add one-half to 2/3’s cup batter.
  • Hold the funnel close to the oil, remove your finger, and release the batter into the hot oil while making a circular motion.
  • Fry until golden brown turning the cake once. Remove the cake and place it on paper napkins to drain.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve hot with jam or syrup if desired.

Banana Funnel Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup of Banana puree
  • 1/3 cup of Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup of Sugar
  • 2 ½  cups of self raising flour
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of Nutmeg
  • 1/8  tsp of Cardamom
  • Oil for frying
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Puree the bananas in the food processor and then add the milk, sugar and eggs.
  • You now have to sift the spices and the flour and add it to the banana mixture.
  • Take a frying pan or a skillet and add some oil. Heat this at least up to 375 degrees F.
  • Before you pour the batter into the funnel you will need to cover the small opening with a finger.
  • Pour at least ¼ cup batter into the funnel and hold it over the hot oil.
  • When you pour the batter, you must move the funnel in swirls and create different criss-cross patterns with it.
  • Once done, fry this for about a minute or two or wait until it turns golden brown.
  • You also need to turn the other side as well.
  • Once it is cooked, all you need to do is drain it on some paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and serve warm.
  • Your banana funnel cake recipe is sure to be a hit!

Nutty Funnel Cake Recipe

  • ¾ cup of sifted powdered Sugar
  • 1 ¾  cup of Milk
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup of Pecans
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla
  • 2 ½  cups of self raising Flour
  • Vegetable oil - for frying
  • ¼  cup of Sugar
  • Mix up the powdered sugar and the cinnamon.
  • Now place it in a bowl and set aside.
  • Add the pecans into the food-mixer bowl and chop it until they are fine.
  • Add some sugar, milk, vanilla, flour and eggs to the mixture.
  • Process this for at least 30 seconds or until the mixture smoothens.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in to a cast iron deep skillet.
  • Use the funnel to pour 1/4 cup batter in the form of a circle in the oil.
  • Fry for at least a minute until the edges turn golden brown.
  • Ensure you fry both the sides equally.
  • Once you are done drain onto paper towels.
  • Now sprinkle with the sugar cinnamon mixture over this preparation.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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