American funnel cakes

American funnel cakes


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About this recipe: Funnel cakes are sweet, deep fried batter that taste like doughnuts. They are made by pouring something similar to a pancake or runny cake batter through a funnel into a frying pan (thus the name). You can see them being made at street fairs, carnivals and sporting events in the US.

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Serves: 12 

  • 250g sifted plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 355ml milk
  • 475ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the eggs and the milk. Add flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat with a mixer until smooth. The consistency should be thin enough to run through a small kitchen funnel. Test it and if it is too thick beat in a little more milk; if too thin, beat in a bit more flour.
  3. In a 20cm frying pan, heat the oil to 180 degrees C for frying.
  4. Put your finger over the bottom opening of the funnel, and fill the funnel with a generous 120ml of the mixture. Hold the funnel close to the surface of the oil and release the mixture into the oil while making a circular motion. Fry until golden brown (use tongs and wide spatula to turn the cake over carefully). Fry the second side one minute. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with sifted icing sugar.


Snip the corner off a disposable piping bag to use in place of a funnel; fill with a small amount of batter and squeeze gently.

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