Funnel Cakes

Funnel cakes really are made using a funnel. The soft batter is poured into a funnel and drips through the opening into hot oil, forming a tangled shape that becomes brown and crisp.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 cup confectioners' sugar


  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well. In medium bowl, combine eggs, half-and-half, and vanilla and beat well. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Heat the oil to 375°F in a large and deep heavy saucepan, making sure there is at least 1 inch of space between the oil and the top of the pan. Hold your finger over the opening of a funnel or pastry bag and ladle in 1⁄2 cup of the batter. Holding the funnel over hot oil, remove your finger and release the batter, making spirals and criss-crossed circles in the oil. Fry until golden brown, turn, and fry second side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Sift confectioners' sugar over the hot funnel cakes.