Funnel Cakes, I Think

Funnel Cake

Made with funnel cake mix, egg, water, and canola oil.

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat!  What in heaven’s name is this supposed to be?!  It’s supposed to be some concoction of a funnel cake—that’s what.

I was thoroughly disappointed.  It was just so hard for me to make the swirly things in the oil and have it look nice.  None of my attempts looked anything remotely like the funnel cakes you’d get at a carnival.

As I’m attempting to make the third one of these waiting for it to get a nice medium brown, I was standing there thinking to myself—“Hmmm, I wonder where the name funnel cake came from?”  HOT DOG!  Talk about a light bulb moment.

There at that moment, while yet another attempt is frying in the oil, it dawned on me—ohhhhhh, that’s why they use a funnel.  So this whole time I was reading the directions on the box I didn’t think it was that big of a deal to pour it from the mixing bowl into the oil instead of through a funnel.  I mean, there was a little indent on the edge of the bowl for pouring so I thought let’s make life easy.  No such luck.  Plus I didn’t own a funnel anyway.

Funnel Cake
Now, that is just SAD.

I was so frustrated at my attempts at this, that I didn’t even try at all with this last one and made it in pancake form by just dumping the last of the batter straight into the oil—no swirly movements, nothing.  At least it did taste like a funnel cake.  And that’s that, folks!

Needless to say, I’ll never get a job as a funnel cake maker with a traveling carnival.

Recipe for—Funnel Cake

So, if you have nothing else to do today, attempt to make your own homemade funnel cakes—but make sure you have a funnel first and give it as good a go as you possibly can.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Actually read the title of a boxed recipe you want to make and wait for the meaning to sink into your head before attempting to cook or bake anything.

63 thoughts on “Funnel Cakes, I Think

  1. Haha, this is great. I’ve never made funnel cakes, but a friend has and I believe she improvised a funnel by snipping a corner of a freezer bag if you ever want to try again!

  2. hello! I think there’s an actual funnel cake shaper you put in the hot oil: it’s a metal ring that is maybe 1-2 inches high and you drizzle the batter within the circle so it gets it shape. So don’t feel bad, without that, your funnel cake (round 2) is how it should look 🙂

      1. I googled it and I found out that it was sold in fairs and similar events. We do not have funnel cake in our fairs. Ha ha ha
        We do have cotton candy though! 😀

  3. Hats off to you for trying! Personally,I am terrified of deep frying stuff, hot oil splattering all over and what to do with so much oil after you are done. Even if your funnel cakes didn’t look like the ones at the carnival, at least, they taste good 🙂

    1. You’re right. I was glad they at least tasted the same. And my oil pretty much gets dumped in a tin can, then I freeze it, and dump it out with the garbage. Sometimes the splattering might get out of control depending on what you’re making—then I usually have to shield myself with a big lid as if I’m going to battle. 🙂

  4. Yuuuuum. @_@ I didn’t realize you could make it at home in a pan — I always figured it had to be some big production with a giant vat of oil. Aaaaah funnel cake. Delicous. (I too did not realize that funnel cake actually meant…funnels.) Thank you for experimenting for us!

  5. Mmmmmm….funnel cake! Even if it didn’t look quite as expected, I’m sure it was yummy. One can never go wrong with deep fried dough and sugar. Loved your post 🙂

  6. Well, I never thought of the funnel part of the cake either, so how’s that? And I live in the midst of funnel cake heaven (lots of local carnivals and stuff around here). But you put powdered sugar on it, and it looked fancy and yummy! Dump away! Who needs curlies?

  7. I also asked myself before why people call it funnel cake, and then I searched for a recipe… That’s how I knew about funnel cakes. I don’t own a funnel, too, so when I decide to make this, I should give it another name. 😀 Your ‘funnel cake’ looks beautiful, btw. 😉

  8. You actually need a proper stove top with the metal skewers to hold the cake mixture like you see in the street stalls….at least if you are trying to make the Hungarian funnel cake…which maybe you are not…in which case totally ignore what I have just said!

    1. It only said 3/4″ oil which didn’t seem like a whole lot to begin with to me. I don’t know that the amount of oil has anything to do with my shaping skills though. But at least they were edible. 🙂

  9. Heavens! I had to Google funnel cakes just to understand what was going on here. Interesting. At least they tasted okay, just close your eyes and imagine they look fabulous 🙂

  10. that’s awesome. love your thought process and how you went ahead and tried things even without a funnel. Gotta love these experiences! Thanks for sharing. And lol, can almost smell the grease and powdered sugar from here.

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