Funnel Cake

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
10 cakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup eggs, about 4 large eggs and 2 whites
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for topping
Directions
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Boil water, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Add flour and work it in until it is all incorporated and dough forms a ball. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer lowest speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, making sure the first egg is completely incorporated before continuing. Once all eggs have been added and mixture is smooth, put dough in a piping bag fitted with a number 12 tip. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan. Pipe dough into oil, making a free-form lattice pattern; cook until browned, flipping once. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the batter is used.


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Great. I made it for me and my roommates in the deep fryer and we all wanted more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very bad! This recipe is definitely missing something important. I made them last night following these instructions closely, they looked great, but when I tasted it, i spit it out in disgust. I keep looking at other funnel cake recipes and they all say to use milk and baking powder. I would not recommend this to anyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bloody awful!!! Tastes so eggy! It's missing something. It LOOKS like a funnel cake.. but the only part of it that tastes like a funnel cake is the powdered sugar. Don't waste your time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is one of the best recipe EVER i,m only 13. me and my little sister made this together without any help. and shes only 6 years old its fun and easy for the whole family to do together we did it for my moms birthday and she loved it and said it was the best(and i hope thats not just cuase we are her kids;p item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was amazing. And yes, for people who post bad reviews because they cannot cook, IT COMES OUT PERFECT. especially if you have a deep fryer (I got one for 20 at Wal Mart. The only thing I changed is adding a bit of vanilla and a tad more sugar. But it was really good, my entire family is asking weekly for more. ( I am a guy, if I can cook this without flaw 5-6 times, so can you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This does not make the style of funnel cakes that you get at a fair, but I liked them slightly better. This is a creme puff recipe, and like cream puffs, it is very light and airy, but frying it gives it a very crispy texture. There are a few tips that Alton Brown gives on his show that are important to keep in mind while preparing this dish: You should use a protein-rich flour (he uses bread flour. You should weigh your flour, rather than measure it and use 5 3/4 oz. You need to cook the water/butter/salt/sugar/flour until all the moisture has either been absorbed or evaporated. You want to use more egg whites than egg yolks, to make the funnel cake light and crispy. When cooled, these funnel cakes are quite a bit softer and more cakey, if you prefer that texture to the crisp, airy texture they have when hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
why waste allllll these ingredients when u could just make funnel cakes out of pancake mix, and it taste EXACTLY like this! (i tried and compared item not reviewed by moderator and published
Light and fluffy, easy to make. Better than the carnival. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe for my first ever attempt at funnel cake. I have to say it was just as good as any carnival funnel cake i ever had! Next time I make it, however, I will add just a wee bit more sugar to the batter. Other then that, the recipe is perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
II agree with the others who think Alton's recipe is more like the one for popovers or cream puffs. I also think that the original Funnel Cake recipe became popular fair food in the mid 1970s after I called a Youngstown OH radio station called Party Line and gave it to listeners. This one is from Mary Emma Showalter's MENNONITE COMMUNITY COOKBOOK, originally published in 1950. My book was printeed in 1957, page 345 "Plowlines or Funnel Cakes." The recipe was from contributers from Clearspring MD and Lancaster PA. RECIPE: 3 eggs, 2 cups milk, 4 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar (optional), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder. Beat eggs and add milk and sugar. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together. Add dry ingredients to egg and milk mixture. Beat batter until smooth. This batter should be thin enough to run through a small funnel. Drop from funnel into hot deep fat 375 degrees, holding finger over bottom of funnel to control amount of batter released. Make into one of the following designs: Start at center of pan, swirling batter outward in a gradually enlarging circle, being careful not to touch circles. Or let batter run through funnel into hot fat into any shape you desire, crisscrossing to make an intricate design. Fry until a golden brown and remove from fat and drain. Makes about 30 cakes, depending on size. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use this recipe with my 8th grade Family & Consumer Science class and it is awesome. It is the closest thing to a "FAIR" funnel cake I have found. The students in my class love it and we torture the entire school with the delicious smell. It is great "advertisement" for my class. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i have tried this funnal cake, and let me tell you this is just about one of the most supreme recipies for funnal cake ever. as long as you have the correct fryer, it is most amazing funnel cake. the recipie is not to hard to follow and not to hard to make either. so go on give it a trie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm 17 and I don't know how to really cook. This recipe was easy, I had fun making it. The only thing I had a problem with was the sugar. I'm a fan of funnel cakes, I absolutely love them. It lacked sugar (to me) so i added about 3/4 cup more. It was great my mom, dad, siblings, friends and my grandmother loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had a really fun time making these, the recipe was super easy to follow. I didn't have anything go wrong, like some of the other reviews mentioned. Weather it was a whole cake or an itty bitty broke off piece of Funnel Cake it was all inhalled by the family!! I cooked mine in my fryer at 350 and I didn't have much luck on finding that tip size 12 so I used a 14 which ended up being way to thin, almost shoe string like.. So I ended up using another size tip, basically played it by ear type of thing. Enjoy and always try once!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok, after reading a few reviews I tried this recipe and I am very happy with the results as a "first time funnel cake maker" . The egg problem listed prior I solved with cracking the eggs into a measuring cup and found that the "4" eggs I used made just a hair over 1cup of egg total...so I did not add any egg white or anything else... since you have to squeeze the dough into the frying pan, I feel it's just a bit on the messy side and will continue to look for my personal favorit.... but still, I think it deserves 5 stars!! The kids loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe has too much EGG! put in around 2-3 at the most..otherwise it tastes like an omlet item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was at first nervous about trying this recipe, while even though Alton's recipes are usualy great, this one had a lot of mixed reviews. After trying it I found out that it's one of those recipes where you have to kind of see the episode to get it juuuust right since there are a lot of hints and unmentioned advice in the episode that there aren't in the actually recipe. Such as making sure you get enough of the moisture out of the dough before transfering it to the mixing bowl. It turned out great, and It's once again been proven that when something goes wrong with Alton's recipes.. it's almost always your own fault. item not reviewed by moderator and published
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CORRECTLY this funnel cake is a bit aers backwards but it makes sense it make for my company 6 big funnel cakes mad props alton got it down to basic science item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a funnel cake recipe and stumbled on this one. I followed directions to a "T" and it was terrible. Get a recipe for funnel cake somewhere else. Alton, I was very disappointed. I guess science isn't everything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton Brown has done it again. This delicious funnel cake is sweeter than any i have tasted before item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Followed The Recipe EXACTLY &nd Got , The Most Disgusting Funnel Cakes EVER . I Wantes To Cry . item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried a few, and more complicated, funnel cake recipes over the years, but either they tasted like a pancake or they were doughy inside while to crispy on the outside. I was skeptical about Alton's very easy and simple version, but tried it anyway. Wow! I was so suprised! The funnel cake I made tasted just like the funnel cakes I used to get at the County fair when I was growing up. I made one to take to a friends BBQ and me and my sister ate it before it even got there because it was so yummy (I did happen to make another one though)! Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dear Alton OMG.. this is not a funnel cake.. i made it for my girlfriend on our first date and she spit it back up. NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. please do more scientific research before cooking more food. thank you sir. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well after reading all of the reviews i decided to have a science project! I cooked this recipe, the pancake version, and a more traditional recipe! DO NOT USE THE PANCAKE VERSION!!!!!! this was the most disgusting thing ever! This recipe was ok. it is good in taste however very fluffy. take yourself back to the fair. funnel cake should be stringy and crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. This was just not cutting it. If you want funnel cake like the fair go with a more traditional version. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The batter was perfect! It came nice and fluffy just as if you were at a real carnvel. Usually when you try to immate favorites from fairs and carnvels they just don't come out the same this was near perfect. I followed the instructions exact however I added a little bit of Captain Morgan dark rum! I think any rum will do but it gave it that extra umph......... item not reviewed by moderator and published
me n my husband made the funnel cakes n we messed up the first time but when we read the directions(we just wanted 2 make the batter n then enjoy) it was realy easy, fun , and fast, but i would say if your pregnant n sensitive to smells make the man do the egg part because it dose kinda smell. but me n my husband both grew up in grant county wisconsin n we both have a tradition wen the fair comes around is to get a funnel cake n chesse curds. and well these are kinda better then the fairs so i hope u all enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm really not sure what everyone else that submitted reviews has to fuss about with this recipe. Came together so very easily, and it was delicious. I grew up on the East Coast eating funnel cakes at the fairs, and have since moved all across America with the military. And, to be honest, every state's fairs and carnivals have funnel cakes that taste differently. I'm definitely going to be trying the pancake batter frying that was suggested below, just to see what the difference is. But as for this recipe? A definite keeper and something I'll be doing again in the future. Easy + delicious = love. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Last night I got the munchies and decided to make funnel cake for the first time in my life. I ate a lot of funnel cakes in the past but this one just knocked me out of my socks! It was easy to prepare and it all came together nicely thanks to Alton's great gift of making complicated dishes so darn easy. The dough was done in no time and the funnel cakes were done shortly thereafter. The great fluffiness and great taste was greatly appreciated. The entire family, wife, kids and even grandma were blown away by your great recipe. Thank you for sharing!!! --Kai and Family item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe isn't very easy. I'd rate it a 6 out of 10 for difficulty. And it IS NOT funnel cake. This dough is used to make eclairs, cream puffs, crullers, and beignets. The true funnel cake batter is virtually identical to pancake batter. And as most of us know, pancake batter is very easy to make. Not sure why Alton diverted from his normal adherence to proper cooking and recipes. Even a friend of mine told me "you're wrong" when I explained how funnel cakes are made. He cited this episode. Of course, this isn't the only screw up Alton has made. I could cite at least a dozen more. But that's for another review. Bake your Choux pastry for eclairs and cream puffs. Fry your Choux pastry for crullers and beignets. Fry your pancake batter for funnel cakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Anyone who's coming to this recipe from a search needs to look at the title of this episode: Choux Shine. This recipe is for deep fried choux. It's tasty (think French crullers) but it is not the funnel cake you get at a fair or carnival. That's a basic unleavened batter, much thinner so you can actually pour it through a funnel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A B most of your recipes are wonderful this one needed a small change, 1 tablespoon of Rum extract, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of white sugar, with three eggs and three egg whites. It was not as eggie as the first time we made it, this was only the second try and it was wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
please, no one try this. my home stank of egg for a good while. it tasted like egg with powdered sugar and was really nasty. good lord man i expected better from you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe I need to watch the episode on this one but I found these to be really bland and too eggy. It really tasted like a scrambled egg sort of concoction to me. I know I have a dinky little cheap fryer (as opposed to a fry pan full of oil) but they took longer to cook than estimated too. Was not very pleased with the recipe - which is unfortunate because I look to AB for a LOT of my recipes and have been really happy before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these were way too eggy that none of the kids in the house would eat them. It didn't cook very well and i think that there is way too many eggs in the recipe. It didn't seem like it even cooked all the way through. It was tasteless and disgusting. I am very disappointed. I will definitely never use this recipe again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
not good. tasteless and mealy. keep looking for a good recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Judging by the recipe I decided to add vanilla more sugar to make it taste more like a dessert. I also put strawberry sauce on top with vanilla ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, super easy, tastes fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tastes just like you went to the carnival itself item not reviewed by moderator and published
this funnel cake resipe is versitile and is easy for any one to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe produces as very think "batter" and, when fried, has a very strong "egg" flavor. It's a lot different than what I'm used to for a funnel cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great Recipe. Instead of a cup of eggs, try putting the 4 eggs in a 1 cup measuring cup and fill the rest up with water. If the batter is chunky when you are mixing, boost the speed up a little. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was indeed very easy.My dad and I had a blast making this original recipe funnel cake. From:Izabella St.Peteursburg Fl. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it is good item not reviewed by moderator and published
These came out flavorless -- only an eggy aftertaste, which was not at all pleasant. My teenagers won't eat them even though they've been doused with powdered sugar (the cakes not the kids). I made cream puffs with the rest of the dough since no one will eat the funnel cakes. It's a totally acceptable pate a choux recipe. But they need WAY more flavor to make funnel cakes. Yeah, Alton, we GET the whole "multi-purpose" idea, but surely you could have recommended adding more sugar, vanilla, SOMETHING for funnel cakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
gotta try it item not reviewed by moderator and published
These funnel cakes were outstanding! I also used batter to create creampuffs and eclairs. I can't even find words to describe how easy this was. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was greatly disapointed with this recipe. We tried it twice because we thought we had done something wrong the first time. It was way too thick and doughy. Not anything like the ones we get at the fair. We found an Amish Funnel Cake recipe that we enjoyed much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reviews of this recipe were so great for the most part, that I thought that this recipe would be a sure fire winner. WRONG!! I expected something like the funnel cakes we get at the ball park or at the state fair; this recipe wasn't even close! These were far too egg-y tasting and the texture was too much like a meringue. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. The funnel cakes come out very light and not greasy. They did not come out as crisp as we would have likes. I am not sure if it's the recipe or how we are cooking it. (i.e. is our oil hot enough) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so disapointed went I went to 3 local grocery stores and found that none carried a funnel cake mix. I love alton browns show because he is so makes good food fun. Try this reciep for funnel cake and u wont be sorry!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i just love the way he made this it made me wanna jump through the tv just because it looked really good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great desert for those that love amusement park funnel cake. Children and adults alike just loved this tasty treat. The second time I made it, as an additionial topper I had both plain and chocolate whip cream and I sauted some frozen mixed berries as for a fruit topping. I love the food network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect and fun to do with the kids item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe!!! It was easy and fun to make. I will definately make these along with some homemade lemonade and feel like i'm at my own private carnival! item not reviewed by moderator and published
There is not nearly enough sugar in the dough recipe. I completely agree with the previous reviewer that all the flavor comes from the sugar on top. I will make this again, but add more sugar to the dough next time. One tip: it's easiest to flip the cakes with spring loaded tongs. They don't damage them, and there's less oil sprayed around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had been looking for a funnel cake recupe for forever, and I finally found it! Yay! This makes my whole life worth living. And to think, I was about to throw myself off of a bridge....hmmm....well, i'm glad I didn't. Because now I can make funnel cake! Thank you Food Network, Thank You!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love funnel cakes! They are so great. I buy funnel cakes at Lake Winnie every time I go there, but now that I have the recipe for it, I now can make it any time I want, and I save more money now by making them myself. *Thanks alot* item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good but it did not quite have the same taste as of those you would get at a carnival. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fun ane easy recipe to do. My children just love them, as well as my friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this simple and delicious recipe is fun and my whole family enjoyed every one of them and I'm going for the holiday season when the rest of the family comes to vist thanks Alton item not reviewed by moderator and published
it taste so good!!!!! plus Good eats is my favorite show on food network because Alton Brown knows what he is doing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
BY FAR THE EASIEST RECIPE FOR FUNNEL CAKES "EVER"---AND THE BEST item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good directions, easy to follow and understand. Maybe add alternative mixing directions for those of us that don't have a stand up mixer. Also, there was no direction on how hot the oil should be. Otherwise great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great one item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the BEST funnel cakes I've ever tried. Alton I love your show!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with the previous reviewers who stated that it was too eggy. Basically, not enough puff and crispiness, and too doughy. Definitely did NOT produce the kind of funnel cake I was imagining... Also, the batter came out very thick and was difficult to pipe into a good-sized cake before the batter in the middle had set. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these were quick and easy and AWESOME item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton makes cooking fun. item not reviewed by moderator and published
fun to make, very tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a fun and easy one to do. I hope other people enjoy as much as me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i thoght that this was the most fun and easy recipe that i have ever done from the foof network channel.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
These funnel cakes are awesome! Light and crispy, but not greasy. Wonderful with powdered sugar on top. It's so easy to make and with common ingredients that I always have on hand. Now I never have to go to the fair or carnival ever again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Out of all the recipes for funnel cakes I've tried, this one proves to be the most tedious and least flavorful, especially when you're not depending on the powdered sugar to add to the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Alton's show, and many of his recipes, this one however is way too eggy, funnel cakes shouldn't taste like a fried egg. I read Gale Gands recipe, will try that one, it includes ingredients that will cut that egg taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's so good! You can make it any time! If you have to try one recipe, try this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry Alton, I love your show, but when I made the funnel cakes they came out way too egg-y. 4 whole eggs and 2 egg whites are a lot of eggs, so it's no surprise really. Next time I think I'll try cutting the egg quantity in half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not Bad i enjoyed eating this and not dealing w/ carnival folk item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once again hits the nail right on the cranium! Great Funnel Cakes and fun to make. Only thing missing is someone else to make them so I can eat them all! Thanx BP item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy recipe to make. Tasted great with some powdered sugar sprinkled on top...i'm thinking some berry syrup would have taken it to top of the charts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome, my wife and children have a ball making it and of cours EATING it. I through in a tsp. of Bourban Vanilla Extract before adding the egg whites. Thanx Alton item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was perhaps the best funnel cake I've ever eaten. The batter fried up light, and not at all greasy. It might actually be too good in that it's so easy, and requires no odd ingredients (i.e. it's possilbe to make this at a moments notice). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This wonderfully easy recipe is so simple and tasty that it makes staying home and not going to the ballpark very worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
looks like a very tasteful type of dish of a dessert or as a kid would say of a meal cause thats probably all they would eat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was great. better than the fair item not reviewed by moderator and published
it is good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipie is so simple and it tases great. I like to make it on either a Saturday or Sunday morning as a breakfast treat by topping it with strawberry jam and powdered sugar or for a dessert treat by topping it with melted chocolate chips and sometimes a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's a very versatile treat and can be "personalized" to fit anybody's tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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This recipes was easy, quick and very affordable. I had never worked with choux pastry before and it was no problem. Delicious. Way to go AB! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hello Mrs./Mr. B. Crocker, This recdipe is great, it is simple, fun, and flavorful. I was a little hesitant at first, but it turned out great and i loved it! Good Luck Sincerely, Happy Eater item not reviewed by moderator and published

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