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How To Make State Fair Funnel Cakes At Home

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Summertime and carnival fair foods. It’s most definitely that time of year! Corn dogs and fried funnel cakes are both favorites this time of year. You can actually make delicious state fair funnel cakes at home. The fun summer treat fried up in hot oil is so easy to make and even perfect to enjoy when fair season is over. Think fall or winter funnel cakes with cinnamon sugar or brown sugar. Maybe even with a side of vanilla ice cream!


State Fair Funnel Cakes

How To Make State Fair Funnel Cakes At Home


I’ve long been a fan of the delicious dessert that is typically sold by carnival food vendors. It’s definitely a favorite thing to devour at the fair. From that first taste of funnel cakes covered in confectioner’s sugar, I was hooked. My mom used to make the treat when I was growing up so it always brings back fond memories. Unfortunately I’ve struggled in the past to recreate those memories with my own kids. You may remember my failed attempts. Such a catastrophe. It just became easier to buy the fried treats, but the only thing is, how often does one find themselves in a place where they are sold? The county fair is only once a year and we only get the opportunity to visit amusement parks every now and again.

I realized that to enjoy the delicious funnel cake desserts on a more frequent basis, I would have to perfect the funnel cake batter recipe and figure out how to do the correct circular motion to create the right look Even the correct temperature and cooking time for the result to be the perfect golden brown. Fortunately for me (and my kids) there is a solution and I’m so glad that I discovered that State Fair funnel cakes are actually really easy to make at home!


Where did funnel cakes originate from?

When it comes to the history of the funnel cake, most people incorrectly link the drechter kuche with the German culture. While the fried treat was invented by German immigrants, funnel cakes did originate in the United States. The Pennsylvania Dutch are said to be the originators of the delectable deep fryer, but the exact year in history is unknown.


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Babycakes Funnel Cake Maker

I’ve know about the Babycakes brand for just over a year now. My sister-in-law first introduced me to her own electric mini cupcake maker the summer before last. We had the cutest little cupcakes for a party. In addition to cupcakes, the brand actually carries makers for cake pops and donuts. But I also discovered that there’s also a maker for creating funnel cakes!


Get the delicious strawberry shortcake funnel cake recipe HERE.


Babycakes funnel cakes maker

Get the Babycakes Funnel Cake Maker HERE.


Pro tip:  If the Babycakes brand is out of stock then this funnel cake maker will also work well. You’ll just place the funnel cake mold into a large cast iron pot, making sure there is more than enough oil to cover the bottom.

Such a great gift, too!


 DIY State Fair Funnel Cakes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  •  1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 3 1⁄2 cups all purpose flour – For gluten free funnel cakes simply substitute with about 2 cups of gluten free flour mix.
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  •  2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil for frying

Babycakes funnel cakes maker



Step 1: Beat milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large size bowl. Make sure that it’s mixed well and then set aside.

Step 2: Use a separate medium size bowl to mix flour, salt and baking powder.

Step 3: Combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture in the large size bowl. Then mix well.

Step 4: Heat 4 cups of oil in the fryer.

Step 5: Place a few paper towel squares on a plate to use at the end of the recipe.

Step 6: Fill a batter bottle or funnel with the prepared batter.

Step 7: Dispense batter by starting in the center of the fryer and then make a spiral motion towards the outer edge of the maker.

Step 8: Fry for approximately 2 minutes on one side (or until nicely brown) and then turn over using tongs. Brown the other side for 2 minutes.

Step 9: Carefully remove the funnel cake with tongs and place on the paper towel. This will allow the excess oil to drain.

Step 10: Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*Recipe yields about 6 individual funnel cakes.


Now it’s your turn to make your own funnel cake yumminess!

More pro tips:

  • Use buttermilk pancake mix as funnel cake batter if you are out of some of the ingredients.
  • Try making smaller funnel cakes to create mini desserts.
  • Top with pie filling or combine berries to create unique flavors.
  • The possibilities are endless for this favorite fried treat!

It’s seriously just so easy to create with the Babycakes Funnel Cake Maker!

Interested in other Babycakes kitchen helpers? There are just so many different kinds to choose from.

Here are a few favorites that are definitely must haves for anyone who likes to bake.

Babycakes triple delight multi-treat maker for cake pops, cupcakes and donuts.

Babycakes cake pop maker recipes.

I absolutely adore that red Babycakes Triple Delight. It’s the one that my sister-in-law has and I dare say the perfect addition to any kitchen since it’s a multi-treat maker. And as I mentioned before, this particular model comes complete with interchangeable baking plates for making cupcakes, donuts AND cake pops. Great for any type of party that you are planning/throwing.


But how about another look at my favorite fried treat? The delicious copycat State Fair funnel cakes… 

State Fair Funnel Cakes

Powdered sugar. Yum. You can also top with a cinnamon and sugar mixture, chocolate syrup or fruit!


Get the delicious strawberry shortcake funnel cake recipe HERE.


Gluten Free Funnel Cakes At Holiday World

Remember how I really enjoyed eating those gluten free funnel cakes at Holiday World? With the help of the Babycakes Funnel Cake Maker it’s super easy to make a gluten free funnel cake! I enjoy creating gluten free recipes and this one turns out delicious. My kids even love the gluten free variety. Honestly? They taste exactly the same as the regular. I dare you to just try and tell the difference. Get more details about the delicious Gluten Free funnel cakes at Holiday World right HERE on the blog!


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A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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