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Mini Carnival Funnel Cakes

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Mini Funnel Cakes- a taste of the Carnival without the ridiculous $5 price tag!


This is one of the most expensive foods at the fair, but it also happens to be one of the cheapest to make at home! A pinch of this, a dash of that and you’ll have delicious mini funnel cakes in no time. Plus, you can mix all of the dry ingredients ahead of time and store them in the pantry for quick, throw-together treats.

Mini Carnival Funnel Cakes

You’ll Need:
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
powdered sugar, garnish

  1. Beat milk, egg and vanilla together, set aside.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon & salt in a bowl, mix well. Add beaten milk/egg to the flour mix, whisking to incorporate.
  3. Transfer to a Squeeze bottle (old washed out ketchup bottle or condiment bottle, etc) Let it set while the oil heats (about 10 minutes). As the name “Funnel Cake” implies, you can also use a small funnel to drip the batter into the fryer.
  4. Heat (about 2 cups) oil in a deep skillet or frydaddy until it hits 365F.
  5. When the oil is hot, drizzle batter in a spiral pattern into the hot oil. Cook about 35-40 seconds per side (you want them golden brown).
  6. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels or on a lint-free cloth.
  7. Sprinkle liberally with powdered cinnamon and sugar. Makes 6 Funnel Cakes


Funnel Cake Bites

You’ll Need:
2 cups of milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 cups of flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of sugar
6 tablespoons of butter- Melted

  1. In a medium-size bowl beat the milk, egg, vanilla, and butter together.
  2. Add the salt, baking soda, and sugar.
  3. Slowly fold in the flour until batter becomes smooth.
  4. Pour vegetable oil into a frying pan until your oil is about a half-inch deep.
  5. Heat (about 2 cups) oil in a deep skillet or frydaddy until it hits 365F.
  6. Using a cookie dough scoop, drop batter into the hot grease.
  7. Cook until golden, then gently flip them over with a slotted metal spatula and cook again until the bottom half is golden brown.
  8. Place on paper towels to soak up most of the grease and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Funnel Cake Bites

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2 thoughts on “Mini Carnival Funnel Cakes”

  1. I remember when I was a little girl going to the fair and loving funnel cakes with powdered sugar on top. The best part of those were sharing them with my sister, who always argued over which parts they got.

    It made us feel like adults for an hour or two as we munched on our sweets and rode go-karts together. Now that both of us are grown up, the Carnival is still fun but it just doesn’t have the same appeal as before.

    We don’t have time to spend all day at the Fair anymore and, even if we did, there isn’t much left that’s worth seeing these days. This year when I heard about covid shutting down the carnival in our area, I was kind of sad. I sent this recipe to my sister and we’re making funnel cakes and comparing them over zoom haha. You do what you can, right?!


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