Funnel Cakes

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

Yield:
6 to 8 servings, depending upon size of cakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) melted butter
  • Powdered sugar, for topping
Directions

Combine milk, egg, vanilla in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar and gradually add to wet ingredients. Beat with a mixer until a smooth batter forms. Fold in melted butter. 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.


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Terrible recipe!  Tastes more like fritters. Not a true funnel cake texture nor taste. Yuck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Disgusting. I made these for my brother and sister and they hated them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the nastiest recipe EVER! Paula Deen is known for being extremely unhealthy. HOWEVER I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS A PAULA DEEN RECIPE UNTIL I LEFT THE GROCERY STORE. I wish I would have left out the butter since we were cooking it in oil! Yuck! So upset. Messed up my after dinner treat! Both Thumbs way way down :( tasted NOTHING like funnel cake!!!!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww (followed all directions to a T! Only thing I added was a sprinkle of cinnamon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to make my husband and son a quick Saturday night treat and these hit the spot! They were absolutely perfect and delicious! I didn't have a funnel, so I just used a large glass measuring cup and it worked well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've done this recipe several times both for friends and family and it always turns out great! I'd definitely recommend it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
just made the funnel cake with granddaughter turned out so good just like the fair. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I halved the milk and flour, left out the butter and added 1 tsp. baking powder along with 1 more T. sugar. Perfect! Enough for 3 good size 9" cakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
absolutely loved this easy to make recipe...definitely a family favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made them and they turned out wonderful! I too added a little more sugar, but not too much more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The first time I tried it, it was ok it wasn't sweet. So this second batch I added like a 1/2-1 cup of sugar. This I would recommend also mix it up and add as much or less sugar since its a real simply recipe add or don't add play around with it. I give it three stars because its real simple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I give it one star because I can't give a 0... If you check most of recipes for funnel cake there is no BUTTER involved. Please whomever sees this comment, trust me the recipe CAN do WITHOUT the butter. There is a reason as to why they made fun of her because of the use of butter. It added a weird taste to the funnel cakes and came out soft and barely crispy. DO NOT ADD THE BUTTER....Funnel cake recipe is basically like a pancake mix recipe, really. NO BUTTER. IF YOU WANT TRY AND DO ONE BATTER WITH AND WITHOUT THE BUTTER AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN. SERIOUSLY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made 2 batters and they both turned out salty, what did I do wrong. Still looking for a simple funnel cake batter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sweet and crispy perfect with Puertorrican coffee style. Umm Umm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Flavor is great. Form is terrible (came out as little batter balls instead of cake). No temperature given-- we had to search other sites to find 375 recommendation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The funnel cake recipes using baking powder are so much fluffier. In using this recipe w/soda, it was helpful to use BUTTERMILK (or make buttermilk out of milk with a tsp. of lemon jc or vinegar. It activates the soda. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So Good. Brings back old Fair memories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my do I love that recipe, I went by your recipe, close as i could, wow, did they turn out good, very simple, Thanks a lot.paula for sharing your recipe Va. give a five star item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used self-rising flour and eliminated the salt and baking soda. I had trouble getting the batter to adhere to itself in the fryer plus it would stick to the fryer basket. My second batch I added 1/2 cup more self-rising flour and an additional tablespoon of sugar. I forgot to add the butter. However, with these changes it adhered to itself and did not connect to the fryer basket. Also, it was fluffier and looked just like the funnel cakes at the fair. Also a good tip: I was the official funnel cake maker at a kids carnival party; so I premixed the flour and sugar and stored in Ziplock bags until ready. Just add wet ingredients and you are there! I also used the batter to dip frozen candy bars and fry them. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Me and my husband have been trying to find the best recipe for funnel cake and this is it!!!!! PERFECT!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i dont know what some people are doing wrong, but my daughters and i just made some 5 mins ago! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING. they came out great! easy as pie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i followed all of the instructions and recipes and it turned out to be a mess. sorry, but i dont reccomend this recipe.:( item not reviewed by moderator and published
we love funnel cake . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best funnel cake ever! As good as the funnel cake from the Columbus Street Fair. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For some reason my funnel cakes turned out like pancakes. I will keep searching for another recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i have a question this is not a review what does fold mean? item not reviewed by moderator and published
these funnel cakes were so good and fluffly i would consider these to anyone item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Like Funnel cake and This is The first time making Them.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these as an after school treat and they were a hit! One big thing. You should use baking POWDER, not baking soda as directed in the recipe. When I made that change, they were light and fluffy and puffed up beautifully in the oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
love it!!! very good my boys and there friend loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not sure what some of the other's are talking about but my funnel cakes came out wonderfully! They were totally delicious and my babies were able to help! Now that I have this recipe I can save my money when I go to Carnivals and Fairs! Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula Deen's recipe read easily and although I followed the directions and measurements accurately, my batter still turned out watery. I added about 1 addition cup of flour to the batter making it thick enough to fry, but too thick to strain through a funnel. I poured the mixture into a Ziplock bag and cut one of the bottom corners off at an angle and used it to strain the batter into the pan. Using the bag made it easier to make swirls in the pan and control the flow and direction of the batter. After tasting the first cake I realized it tasted more like a pancake than a funnel cake (probably due to the added amount of flour) so I added a bit more sugar to the mix and kept frying. Everyone loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best recipe ever! I actually even used 1 cup milk and 1 cup vanilla soy milk, and it was even better! It is such a flexible and easy recipe. I would totally give it 2 thumbs up if i weren't eating it right now!!! Thanks so much Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and the taste was soooooooooooo good with the butter in the batter. I had not a lot of oil and thought it would not work but it did and held together great. The kid favorite so far. Thank you Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe simpy didn't work out...the batter was too salty to start with and then so thick, that it couldn't come out the fennel in a fluid stream... When I tried to dilute it a little with milk it wouldn't stick together and formed little "Popcorn" pieces like some others stated here... The pieces tasted salty and oily even though I tried to in-/ and decrrease the frying temperature (between 340 and 360 F). Sorry , but not for me at all! I love you and your show though and will continue watching as soon as I'm back in the States! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it fell apart and tasted like oil and i did every thing right guess i will have to try some one elese item not reviewed by moderator and published
We did a little experiment where we tried three different funnel cake recipes (proportions reduced of course, but not the best idea when it's only two people). Anyways, this was a tie for first. It was really light and crispy and delicious. It was also pretty easy and handled well. Definitely will use it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS RECIPE WAS GOOD, BUT THE WORSE THING IS THAT IT DIDNT RISE UP ONE BIT. MAYBE IT SHOULD BE BAKING SODA, BECUASE IT MAKES THINGS RISE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the funnel cake just like you said and it was breaking apart,it tasted like oil.It was just a mess.This was the first recipe i tried from you and it's not looking good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was my first time making them and although my spout was a little small and i took the advice of another commenter on here and added more sugar they came out WONDERFUL and if they were to watery for others just add a little bit more flour or less milk:) Paula they were a SMASH!! I would and Will make them over and over again and recommend them to my friends!! Thanks Paula your the greatest! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe and it turned out too thin. They came out like pancakes. I added another half a cup of flour to the batter and they turned out better. My husband liked them so I guess it's not a bad recipe. Thanks Paula. I love your show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made Paula's funnel cakes, I ended up having to add one extra egg, typically the store bought eggs are much smaller than the organic and farm raised eggs the cooks have to work with on these shows. I took ham, turkey, swiss, and american cheese, and bundled them together, dipped them into the batter and dropped it in the fryer to make Monte Cristo's and added the powdered sugar and jam on top. It was amazing. I also had to take the temperature up to around 355-360, anyone attempting to deep fry something should have a temperature device to make sure the temperature of the oil is accurate for what you are trying to fry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A cooking class at school made funnel cakes. One batch did not hold together and ended up just being crumbles. The others were amazingly beautiful and delicious. After checking things out, we discovered the group with the bad cakes had used baking powder that was very old. The others used the fresh can of baking powder. Some people do not realize that baking powder can get old and cause lots of problems in recipes. I hope some of the disappointed folks will try this recipe again with fresh baking powder! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i dont know how the recipe didnt work for the other people, but it worked perfectly well for me!!! it was so delicious. now i can just make my own instead of having to go to a fair to get it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
On the show they heated the oil to 350. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I knew the batter looked two think before I even added it to the oil. I was right and the cake wouldn't come together and instead fell into little bits. I ate them anyway. It was kind of like eating popcorn funnel cake. The flavor was good, but the recipe didn't work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The batter turned into small bits and pieces in the oil and because the consistency was uneven, while some of it cooked other pieces got burned. The unburned pieces tasted like funnel cake/pancakes but didnt look anything like what I'm used to. I always knew funnel cake to be one large piece with almost web like connections. Very dissapointing sorry Paula, Our family still loves you dearly and will continue to try your recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good Kids love it too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really disappointed with this recipie. My children and I were not able to get to our state fair this year and we were really craving some good 'ol fair food. I came across this recipie and it sounded easy enough, but after making it twice in a row, the cakes just would not puff up, and all you tasted was oil. I think having what the temp of the oil should be and how much would have been helpful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I looked at the reviews before I made this and some were good and some were bad. It did not work out for me. It fell into little pieces and did not puff up. I didn't even think the little pieces had good flavor. It failed. I guess I will keep looking for a good funnel cake recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with another reviewer that the oil temp/amount might have been helpful here. I tried making these for my family and as soon as the batter would hit the oil, it separated into hundreds of tiny little pieces. I tried it, my mom tried it, and my sister-in-law tried it--but we all had the same results. The kids still had fun eating all the tiny little pieces, but we were all a little disappointed in the end product. After reading other reviews, I'm relieved to see others had the same problem and I wasn't alone it what happened. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I were surfing for a donut recipe, when we came across this one for funnel cakes. Oh happy day! In the words of my gratful family. "These are killer Dad". Not to mention you can make them at a moments notice, with very basic ingredients. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It tasted so good, my husband and daughter loved it! I just added 1/2 tsp of more sugar to the recipe, and done! It was so fluffy in the inside and crunchy on the outside, excellent! It was so easy and quick too! A+++++++++++ item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thses are just like at the fair. Since my kids and I like them soft and my husband crispy it was nice to make them the way we like them. The batter stays well in a ziplock bag in the fridge for the next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE THIS RECIPE item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best. Way to go Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It gives you the ease of time and ingredient needs while still giving your family the sugar rush that they crave! Thank you for being so down to earth and fun with your recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched this show when it aired and made the funnel cake that night. It tasted just as good, if not better, than the funnel cakes you get at the fair. Thank you for this fabulous recipe Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it is so easy to make and so delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
IT'S GREAT!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an extremely easy recipe to make. I love funnel cakes, but never tried to make them from scratch. I watched Paula make them on her show, and thought to myself...wow that seems simple enough, and I already had all the ingredients that I needed. My husband and I loved them. I'm sure I'll be making them again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't come out quite like Paula's but it still came out pretty well. Can't complain :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE THE FUNNEL CAKES THAT'S WORTH AT LEAST 20 STA YOU GO GIRL PAMELA SWAN item not reviewed by moderator and published
The batter tastes right but my oil temp must have been wrong or I didn't have enough oil in the pan. I seperated in little bits on top. Oil temp and amount would have helped. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have been craving funnel cakes, but the fairs have not rolled into town. Out came the ingredients. We recommend a deep fryer out in the backyard. Our first attempt in the kitchen resulted in hours of fumigation and alot of air freshener. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the best recipe for funnel cakes I have ever tasted. My grandmother had come to visit and I made funnel cakes with this recipe and they came out as big as a dinner plate and she ate a total of one and a half and wanted me to send her home with this recipe. This was absolutely mouth watering. item not reviewed by moderator and published
oh my gosh these r soooo... good!! i love ur show and i love how u make everything. i would love to meet u anytime! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The funnel cake recipe I got from Paula Dean was easy and lots of fun to make. I used a cast iron skillet at home and the funnel cake was gone in a flash it was so good. ANYONE can make this great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it simple and great!!even better with some cholacte On the funnel cake with the sugar on the cholate Thanks paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best ever!!! So easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for a good funnel cake recipe. Paulas recipe is so easy and so very good! Thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a great at party's item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple to make and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and yummy! Great hit with the kids. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is awsome my husband loves these and i don't have to go to the fair for them thank you item not reviewed by moderator and published
Anything that Paula Deen cooks has to be good. I haven't found anything that I did not like that Paula makes. She is a real sport I love her and the show. The funnel cake is just so good. I could eat the whole thing. Being from NC her kind of cooking is just right for me and my family. I hope she will keep on putting out new stuff. I can't wait to see what she does next. Manny thanks and love to you Paula Sharon Dawson item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also used butter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
its supposed to be like that, you dont put it in the oven you fry it on the stove. or deep fry if you want item not reviewed by moderator and published
She means the temperature of the oil, the oil generally has to be a certain temperature. item not reviewed by moderator and published
with so many people having awesome results, id try and find what you did wrong item not reviewed by moderator and published
Means the oil wasn't hot enough item not reviewed by moderator and published
you put the butter in and fold the batter over and over to incorporate it. you do it this way instead of just mixing it up item not reviewed by moderator and published
The problem I had when I made it was that it was too runny it wasn't even batter, you must have forgotten an ingredient or skimped out on flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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