Easy Pancake Mix Funnel Cakes

Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

Kristina Vanni

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 7 mins
Servings: 4 portions
Yield: 4 portions
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
9g Fat
47g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 84mg 2%
*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 cakes are favorite treats often sold at outdoor festivals, amusement parks, and carnivals. The sweet, deep fried aroma draws in the crowds and everyone has fun diving in to pinch off a bite. It is also fun and easy to make this sharable treat at home. People often wonder if funnel cake is made from pancake batter or if you can use pancake mix for funnel cake batter. In fact, it is possible to make a perfect funnel cake batter using a pancake mix you probably already have in your pantry. All you need is prepared buttermilk pancake mix, a bit of sugar, vanilla, and water. That's it. Whisk it up until it can be easily drizzled through a funnel, pastry bag, or zip top bag. Fry it up in hot oil and then serve warm. It can be topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream, ice cream, or even ice cream sundae toppings.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

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  2. Fill an 8-inch heavy skillet halfway with the vegetable oil. Over medium heat, bring the oil to 350 F. 

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the pancake mix, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk in the water, a few tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. It should be similar to a cake batter, not too runny but not too thick.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

  4. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch-wide tip. You can also use a plastic zip to bag with a small portion of the corner snipped off.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

  5. Working quickly squeeze all of the batter in a circular motion into the hot oil, forming a large disk.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

  6. Cook about 1 minute, then flip and cook the other side for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute or until golden brown. Lift and remove from the oil using a large slotted spoon or spatula.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

  7. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain off excess oil.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

    Funnel Cake with Pancake Mix

    Kristina Vanni

Funnel Cake Variations

Funnel cakes can be dusted not only with powdered sugar but also cocoa powder works well for a chocolate twist. Funnel cakes can be topped with scoops of ice cream or whipped cream and a drizzle of your favorite hot fudge sauce or caramel sauce.

Funnel Cake Tips

Check the temperature of the hot oil by using a candy thermometer. If the oil is too hot it will burn the funnel cake. If it is too cool, the batter will sink to the bottom of the pan.


While you can use a funnel, you don't actually need a funnel to create a funnel cake. A pastry bag with a 1/4 inch tip or even a zip top plastic bag with the corner snipped off both work great.

Funnel Cake Storage

Funnel cakes are best enjoyed warm, right after cooking. They don't keep well.

Why is my funnel cake falling apart?

Funnel cakes need to be drizzled with portions overlapping so when it puffs up and cooks the streams of cake hold together. If you funnel cake is falling apart, try overlapping the drizzle as it falls into the hot oil.