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Fiesta Friday Funnel Cakes

Happy Fiesta Friday all! Today is an especially exciting FF, as I’m taking on co-hosting duties along with sweet Ngan from Ngan Made It! Hopefully, Ngan and I will be able to match the great job Hilda and Julianna did 2 weeks ago. Angie, of the Novice Gardener is getting a little R & R with her family. Be warned, she’s sure to make an appearance every now and then though, so any wild shenanigans may not go unnoticed! If you’ve been hesitating to join the party, hesitate no longer. Link up, join us and find out what you’ve been missing!


http://thenovicegardener.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/fiesta-friday-badge-button-click-to-join1.jpg?w=175I can’t wait to see what everyone brings this week. My offering today is something a little different, yet extremely easy, allowing me a bit more time to mingle. Hope you enjoy it, as we get this party rolling.

funnel cakeThe thoughts in my head are still wandering around amusement park food, and I’m stuck there ever since those darn lobster corn dogs. No matter how hard I try…evil thoughts of fried foods just won’t go away. So on this Fiesta Friday #12, I bring you Funnel Cakes! And yes, I know what you’re thinking…they sure are funny looking! In addition, they’re fried and yes indeed… they’re kind of bad for you. But, I will ask, what am I eating spinach for? I’m eating spinach and other super foods to allow myself a guilt free indulgence every now and then πŸ˜‰Β And indulge I shall! I’m heading over to the Novice Gardener’s, hopefully they’ll be willing to indulge too….

…..Even if it is a Funny looking, Fried Funnel Cake on Fiesta Friday. funnel cakeActually, now that I think about it, the funnel cake may be the real culprit of my cravings! I do believe I have Cita at Loving Food Fashion, & Life to blame for this one! Cita did a post on Funnel Cake over two months ago. Ahh yes, it’s coming back to me now! Cita’s version used a prepared mix that I searched high and low for [for weeks on end!] with no success. It was once I started talking about amusement park food in my Lobster Corn Dog post, that the desire for funnel cake grew…and grew… I finally decided, enough is enough!… I broke down and found my own recipe!

funnel cakeHave you ever thought about where funnel cake gets it’s name? I really hadn’t. But I owe thanks to Cita for the realization that an actual funnel is used in the making of funnel cakes! It was a real “light-bulb” moment. Read her post…you’ll understand πŸ™‚ Keeping that in mind, I decided the use of a funnel could prove to be quite messy, so I cheated and used a disposable squeeze bottle. I cut most of the tip off and it ended up being the same size opening as my funnel. Much neater indeed!

funnel cakeThankfully, this craving has been cured and I can move on to the next!

Funnel Cakes

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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funnel cake
2 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1Β½ teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
Β½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons sugar
Powdered sugar and/or cinnamon sugar, for topping
Fresh fruit to garnish if desired

Heat at least 2-inches of vegetable oil in a deep pan to 375ΒΊF. I used my 9-inch diameter dutch oven which was plenty big enough. Just remember, the larger the pan, the more oil you will use. Also, the batter will spread and pretty much use whatever space is available.

Combine the milk, egg and vanilla in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar.Β  Add dry ingredients to wet in 3 additions.

Beat with a mixer until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into a funnel or squeeze bottle while using your index finger to stop the flow of the batter.

Bring the funnel over the hot oil and release your finger to start a stream of batter while moving the funnel in a circular motion to create spiral-like shapes.

Fry for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown and slightly puffed. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, fresh berries or all of them for a delicious treat.

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Fiesta Friday #12

Recipe adapted from here.


  1. angenette

    Oh my! I love funnel cakes and allow myself to indulge at the fairgrounds during the 4th of July festival here…now I don’t have to wait! These look amazing!

    • Thanks Angenette! I was shocked at how easy they are to make and how much they taste like the ones from a fair. Our family had a lot of fun making and then tearing into these last night πŸ™‚

  2. Mmm…funnel cakes…and how genius to use a squeeze bottle instead of a funnel! That is much less messy for sure! I’d love a scoop of ice cream on top of my funnel cake. The more calories the better! πŸ˜‰

  3. Wow, how cool is that? I don’t think I have ever eaten a funnel cake before, but now I have, through my computer screen. πŸ˜‰ The next time I go to a fair, I am going to look for these and try one for sure – they look delicious! And thanks for co-hosting us today, Nancy – you and Ngan are awesome!

    • Thanks Julianna, considering the looks of the cakes, they’re actually quite delicious. Seek them out at your next fair outing, I bet you won’t be disappointed.

      It’s fun taking over hosting duties with Ngan, though you and Hilda did set the bar quite high πŸ™‚

    • Don’t be embarrassed, it’s not exactly what one would refer to as “high class” food, Lol! They are indeed delicious though, and one of my favorite carnival type foods.

  4. Lol! Boy those funnel cakes are something else, aren’t they?! Did they taste just like the ones at a carnival being that you made them from scratch?

  5. Wow Nancy! You made your own funnel cake! I am SO impressed!! I love funnel cake….yummers!! And I just saw a pic of one of the cutest doggies ever! Yours? Gorgeous! I want to pet him/her! Also, thanks for co-hosting! You and Ngan…wonderful ladies!

    • Thank you so much Lori! These were a fun and delicious indulgence. As for the dog, that would be George…he desperately wanted to share in the fun and taste the funnel cake. (His sweet little puppy dog eyes earned him a smidgen!)And the hosting duties have been a blast, thanks for the encouragement πŸ™‚

  6. I have never had a funnel cake :(. Gotta make me some. In India we make a sweet called Jalebi, which is sort of the Indian version of funnel cakes & it is one of my favorite treats! This post has me craving both funnel cakes & Jalebi! Drool…

    • Hahhah. These are essentially a batter, very similar to a pancake batter, fried! So simple to make. It’s the sprinkled sugar that gives them the sweetness. I wouldn’t be surprised if funnel cakes are just a “cousin” of Jalebi!

  7. Love that second picture! Lightbulb moment: squeeze bottle. I need more of these! This really is a fun party appropriate food, and what do you use to fish the little delicacies out of the dutchie? Do you have a spider strainer basket?

    • Thanks Sue! In the last few years, squeeze bottles have become one of my favorite kitchen tools. Do you have Gordon Food Supply stores by you? They sell 6-packs of the bottles for just a few dollars, a great price for stocking up.
      Yep on the spider strainer – it rescues the cake from the oil perfectly! Keeps them intact, and allows excess oil to drip.
      And btw, I can’t stop thinking about that posset [and the history lesson], I find it all so intriguing! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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  9. Hey Nancy, no wild shenanigans on my part, well, maybe just one or two….Funnel cake always reminds me of childhoods at theme parks! What a fabulous treat to bring to a party!

    • Hehe…I’ll try to behave too! My family had fun with these last night πŸ™‚ But now my husband has requested Elephant Ears…ugh… this amusement park food is never gonna end!

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