If you’ve ever been to a carnival, you know that the smell of freshly made funnel cakes is irresistible. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for the fair to enjoy this classic treat. With just a few simple ingredients and some kitchen tools, you can make perfect funnel cakes at home. Here’s how:


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • Oil for frying (vegetable or canola oil works best)
  • Powdered sugar for topping


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract (if using).
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. The batter should be smooth and free of lumps.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Using a funnel or a plastic squeeze bottle, pour the batter into the hot oil in a circular motion. Start from the center and work your way out. You can make the funnel cakes any size you like, but a 4-inch (10 cm) diameter works well.
  6. Fry the funnel cakes until golden brown, flipping them over once to ensure they cook evenly. This should take about 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the funnel cakes from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  8. Sprinkle the funnel cakes with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Now that you know how to make perfect funnel cakes at home, you can enjoy this classic carnival treat anytime you want. Serve them with your favorite toppings, like fruit or whipped cream, for a delicious dessert that’s sure to impress.