Funnel Mess

Funnel cakes are a delicious treat, but the $10 price tag at Six Flags (and the ridiculous line) meant that I would leave home without one. So yesterday, I attempted to make my own. It did not turn out as the above picture, but it tasted good nonetheless. Good ol' Alton Brown helped me out, providing a simple recipe. The trickiest part about it all was flipping it over, but I found that if you just make the cake a bit smaller, you could use a spatula.

Here's the recipe, so give it a try!


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup eggs, about 4 large eggs and 2 whites
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for topping


Boil water, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Add flour and work it in until it is all incorporated and dough forms a ball. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer lowest speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, making sure the first egg is completely incorporated before continuing. Once all eggs have been added and mixture is smooth, put dough in a piping bag fitted with a number 12 tip. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan. Pipe dough into oil, making a free-form lattice pattern; cook until browned, flipping once. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the batter is used.


  1. I had no idea that is how those are made! Same as cream puff shells. Interesting. I have never eaten one. How about that! The things I learn from my kids! : ) lol

  2. Your pic isn't working for me...I was hoping to be enticed and I just get a question mark.


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