Funnel cakes are a carnival favorite every year. Nearly any concession venue has more than one funnel cake stand. Add this fried treat to your menu and watch the profits come rolling in. Use this recipe as a base for your funnel cakes, and feel free to experiment with the ingredients to make the flavor uniquely your own.
What You Will Need:
- Funnel Cake Fryer
- Funnel Cake Mold
- Funnel Cake Batter Pourer
- Countertop Mixer
- Kitchen Tongs
- Flour Sifter
- 3-4 c. all purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 c. milk
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Vegetable or peanut oil for frying
Step One: Combine the Ingredients
When combining the ingredients for the funnel cake batter, combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl with the exception of the sugar. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and dissolve the sugar into the wet ingredients.
Step Two: Mix Together
Next, pour the dry ingredients into the bowl one half cup at a time. When combining the wet and dry ingredients into one bowl, do it in increments. Begin with the bowl of wet ingredients and slowly add the dry ingredients, using a countertop mixer in between adding the dry ingredients. This will help incorporate all of the parts of the batter evenly to make sure there are no clumpy sections that might clog up the batter pourer.
Step Three: Heat the Oil
Make sure to have at least an inch of either vegetable or peanut oil in the fryer. Any less than this and the funnel cake will not fry evenly. Heat the oil up to 375°F. Use a thermometer to detect when the fryer oil has reached optimal frying temperatures.
Step Four: Pour the Batter
Fill up your funnel cake batter pourer with batter. If you don’t have one, a large funnel will do the trick; simply cover the hole at the bottom until you are ready to start dispensing the batter. When pouring the batter, it is important to make your movements random but within the confines of the funnel cake mold. Move the pourer in whatever direction your heart desires. Up, down, left or right, the more wild movements you make, the more you put the fun in funnel cake.
Step Five: Flip the Funnel Cake
When the batter rises to the top of the oil and becomes a golden brown, it is time to flip the funnel cake. This generally happens after about 15 seconds at the most in the oil. Using a pair of kitchen tongs, grab the funnel cake and flip it quickly in the oil.
Step Six: Remove the Cake
To remove the funnel cake, simply grab it with the kitchen tongs and remove it from the oil. Place it on a waiting paper plate. Using a skimmer, pull out any small stray pieces of funnel cake that may have fallen off the body of the cake. Removing these small pieces prevents them from getting burned and fouling a whole batch of funnel cakes.
Step Seven: Garnish the Funnel Cake (Optional)
Two of the common garnishes on top of a funnel cake are powdered sugar and strawberries. Other delicious toppings can be caramel, chocolate or even whipped cream. Place the ingredients on the top of the funnel cake while it is still hot, crispy and fresh for a sweet treat.
Funnel Cake Fryers
Funnel Cake Molds