I don’t know how many calories are in a funnel cake, but they sure taste amazing. I love the crunchiness of the fried batter, the cold creaminess of the vanilla ice cream and the fruity flavor of the strawberry sauce all in one bite. I used to eat a funnel cake each time we went to the amusement park back when I was a teenager.  It has been over a decade and back then they cost $5 each. My husband and I recently brought our two little ones to the same amusement park and I noticed that they now cost $10!

I didn’t realize that funnel cakes were actually quite easy to make until I actually attempted to make one.

All I needed was, my favorite storebought vanilla ice cream, a pint of fresh strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, flour, baking powder, milk, 1 egg and powdered sugar. Of course, you could go ahead and make homemade vanilla ice cream or purchase storebought strawberry sauce too! You can also make the batter mix from scratch instead if you prefer.

So, the first thing I did was make sure that I had vanilla ice cream ready to go in my freezer. At the amusement park, it is soft serve ice cream, but regular ice cream suits me just fine.

Next, I made the strawberry sauce. To make the strawberry sauce, put a pint of washed an hulled strawberries into a saucepan and squeeze the juice from 1/4 of a lemon over the strawberries. Stir in 1/3 cup of granulated white sugar and stir over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. If the strawberries are big, cut them in half or in quarters before putting them in the saucepan.

The batter is the last mixture to make, so before starting to make the batter, pour 1″ of oil into a pan and heat on medium heat so that it is ready when the batter is.

Now for the batter! In bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt. Then in a separate bowl, whisk together 1 egg and 1 cup of milk. Then add 2 tbsp. sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Lastly, add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and whisk until smooth.

Pour the batter through a funnel while moving funnel around in circles as criss crossing to form a circular funnel cake. After a few minutes, flip the funnel cake over and cook until golden. Line a plate with a paper towel before placing the funnel cake on it. This will help blot some of the oil. Remove the paper towel and sprinkle the funnel cake with powdered sugar. Then top with ice cream and strawberry sauce. Enjoy!!

*Makes about 3 funnel cakes. Frying the funnel cake was kind of tricky, likely because the funnel I used was not very big. Next time I would use a bigger funnel.

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  • Debi Bolocofsky Jun 26, 2012

    This looks delicious. I have a Blog Hop on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post tomorrow. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    • Marie Jun 27, 2012

      Thanks for the invite! I will see you there.

  • Jacki O. Jun 26, 2012

    I was thinking about trying to make my own but was scared to screw it up and ruin my taste for funnel cake, so now I can. I am so excited to try this–it’s going to be our Fourth of July dessert 🙂

    • Marie Jun 27, 2012

      Sounds good! Maybe you will add a few fresh blueberries so that it has the red, white and blue. Good luck to you! 🙂

  • Jodi Jun 27, 2012

    My husband would be so excited if I made him these. It’s his favorite thing at the fair.

  • I have to get funnel cake when ever I go to a fair or festival that has it. I know its bad for me and not good for the diet, but they are so tasty. I cant help it. I’d be so happy if yo ushared this over at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday.

  • Belle Jun 28, 2012

    These look so yummy, I’ll have to try them! I can’t believe they were $10! Yikes!

  • Nicole Jul 3, 2012

    I always thought funnel cake would be more complicated to make. This looks amazing and simple enough for me to attempt. Maybe for my moms birthday … she loves funnel cake! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am now a follower looking forward to more tasty posts 🙂

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