Funnel Cake Fries

funnel cake fries

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4
Yield: 40 fries
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
623 Calories
23g Fat
91g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 623
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 205mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Funnel cake is a classic fair food that is decadent and fun to eat. But, it can also be pretty messy to make on your own. These fries are super crispy and easy to pick up and eat. They’re lighter than fried dough and are made with a batter instead of a dough. 

The batter is super easy to make and can be whisked together in one bowl. The batter is similar to pancake batter, making it very easy to handle. Once you whip up the batter, add it to a plastic bag, then cut off the end and pipe it into the hot oil.

Make this fun snack for the kids on the weekend or serve them as a dessert for a party. We like our funnel cakes fries with marshmallow fluff and strawberry sauce, but the possibilities are endless—Nutella, chocolate sauce, frosting or icing are all delicious options.


  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Confectioners' sugar, for serving

  • Marshmallow fluff, for serving

  • 2 tbsp strawberry sauce, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    funnel cake fry ingredients
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until foamy and bright yellow.

    eggs and sugar whisked in a bowl
  3. Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract until combined.

    milk and eggs whisked in a bowl
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then gradually add to the wet mixture (be careful not to overmix—just whisk until there are no lumps or pockets of dry ingredients).

    funnel cake fry batter in a bowl
  5. In a heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil to 375 F. You need about four inches of oil in the bottom of your pot.

  6. Add the batter to a large piping bag or plastic ziplock bag. Cut off the end of the bag to create a small hole.

    funnel cake batter in a piping bag
  7. Once the oil reaches temperature, pipe a strip of the batter in a straight line into the hot oil. Continue until you have about 5 fries in the oil. Don’t overcrowd the oil. You can fit more or less depending on the size of your pot.

    piping funnel cake into hot oil
  8. Cook for about 1 minute, then flip with a metal slotted spoon and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.

    funnel cake fries in oil
  9. Strain the funnel cake bites out of the oil onto a paper towel lined plate. You can keep them warm in a 200F oven while you continue cooking the rest of the batter.

    funnel cake fries
  10. Dust with confectioners' sugar, then serve with dipping sauce.

How to Store

Funnel cake fries are best served immediately while they are hot and fresh. You can store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 400 F for 3 to 5 minutes or in a 400 F oven until crisp.

How do you make funnel cakes crispy?

Using the batter we’ve outlined above and making sure your oil is at the correct temperature will ensure that the funnel cake fries are crispy and cooked to perfection.

Make sure to drain the cooked funnel cake fries on a paper towel lined plate.

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