Making Funnel Cake from scratch has become a 4th of July tradition for our family. In fact, fried foods are a standard on America’s Birthday. We started the day with donuts, had a happy hour snack of cheesesteak eggrolls and then for dessert we bust out the funnel cakes!
To be honest, we dont follow any of the standard foods that one would expect on the 4th. Instead of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, we cook a rotissierie turkey.
The turkey became a thing a few years back when a free grocery store turkey was taking up too much space in our freezer and we needed to make a plan for it. The first year it was a bit of a joke but it quickly became a 4th of July tradition!
But I digress, you came here for the deep fried crispy cake, not the turkey!
Funnel cake is easier than most people think. It only take a few ingredients and a funnel cake vessel ( See below) and you are ready to go!
I start by mixing the batter and allowing it to get to room temperature. It helps me keep my oil at a optimal temperature so I can knock out 20 of these babies quickly and without incident.
Of Course you all know the standard funnel cake we get at carnivals. Delicious soft and puffy but somehow also crispy cake is covered in powdered sugar, tossed on a paper plate and handed to you while it is still warm. I love this funnel cake. It is like a memory you can eat.
I was set to make these funnel cakes this past weekend when my friend Jill, who is a bit of a chef in her own right, walks over to me with a container of funfetti icing and says ” lets melt this on top”.
WHY HAVE I NOT THOUGHT OF THIS?! BRILLIANT! We got right to work. I fried funnel cakes and she melted icing and drizzled the still hot cakes with icing and sprinkles. These cakes knocked it out of the PARK!
If you think our Frankenstein funnel cakes ended there, you would be wrong. Of course we had to do smores!
I am already planning what we will make next year. Churro, oreo cookie, matcha….. the topping here can be endless.
Make some funnel cake this weekend!Print