Perfect Funnel Cake at Home

Please tell me you love funnel cake as much as I do.

Tell me I’m not alone.

Is there a support group for all the fried dough lovers out there?

Well we may just need to create one after you see how easy it is to have funnel cake ANYTIME you want it!

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Perfect Funnel Cake at Home
  • Pancake Mix ( I used Krusteaz)
  • water
  • oil ( I used vegetable oil )
  • powdered sugar
  1. Mix equal parts pancake mix and water.
  2. Make sure there are no lumps, whisking it I find works well.
  3. Place mix into plastic squeeze bottle.
  4. Cut tip off of bottle so that a smooth and steady stream of mix can easily come out.
  5. Heat cast iron skillet filled with about 2 inches of oil until it reaches 350 degrees. I use a thermometer, that way I can keep an eye on the temperature of the oil as often as I'd like.
  6. Squirt the pancake mix into the hot oil.
  7. Cook until golden on each side.
  8. Drain on paper towel.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar.


Use a plastic bottle to squirt out the pancake mix. Make sure the opening is large enough you don’t want to have any issues of it not coming out evenly when you are placing it into hot oil.

Swirl the pancake mix around in circles as you squirt it into the oil. I went about 6 circles on this one.

Turn it over carefully. Be sure to cook each side until it’s golden.

Drain on paper towel. Dust with powdered sugar.

I even made smaller funnel cakes and topped them with ice cream, chocolate syrup and strawberries. Oh yes there was no holding back on these. Since they are made out of pancake mix, they are perfect for breakfast, don’t you agree?

What would you top your funnel cake with? Tell me. I may just have to give it a try.

Now a Taste of Knott’s:

which is what prompted me to make funnel cake, you’ll see why.

I recently attended “A Taste of Knott’s” featuring some of their latest offering at Knott’s Berry Farm. There was funnel cake….and so much more. I brought my sweet friend Lisa and we were greeted by Chef Snoopy and this lovely lady who had some very funny stories to tell.

All of the food looked wonderful. My first thought was, WOW amusement park food sure has changed, they have Chicken Kabob Sandwiches, Flank Steak Sandwiches, Grilled burger with jalapeño chips on it (I was hoping to have enough room for one of these) everyone was raving about it so much. I certainly haven’t seen Hawaiian Ahi Poke at an amusement park before and it was all delicious.

There was no shortage of home style favorites. Their Chicken Pot Pie had a wonderfully flaky crust that was a cross between a biscuit and a pie crust, yummy! We enjoyed Knott’s famous Fried Chicken and Biscuits with boysenberry butter, I may have had two platefuls :)

Can you see why I just had to give it a try at home.

I had their fully loaded funnel cake with boysenberry topping and vanilla ice cream.  It was so delicious…

and so was their Cookiewich! Yes I ate the whole thing.

I felt like a little kid enjoying all this fun food. It’s not everyday I have fried chicken and biscuits, funnel cake and a cookiewich. I know the next time I take my family to  Knott’s we will arrive hungry as there are so many great choices we won’t want to miss out on them.

We even caught the All Wheels Extreme Show and got to talk to my kids friend who was in the show. Very fun! On the way to the car  we even stopped in the shop and couldn’t get over all the CUTE items they had. I spotted some really fun cupcakes dishes and cake plates along with

this, oh isn’t it so cute! I know where I’m headed next time I need a unique gift. I posted photos on instagram. If you don’t have Instagram, you can view them on Webstagram, and often on my Facebook page or Instagram feed on facebook. If you are on Instagram look for me @createdbydiane.

*I was invited to attend this event, but all opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post. I really had a wonderful time and the food was great!


If you are looking for another fun treat try:

Fried Oreos

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  1. 1

    I try to stay away from this stuff but it looks delicious! I have to save this recipe.

  2. 2

    Oh boy, this looks amazing!! And I love Knott’s!! So happy you shared those photos on instagram. I haven’t been since I was a kid visiting my grandparents in SoCal.

  3. 3

    OH MY GOODNESS! OH MY GOODNESS! Stop the madness! This brings me back to my childhood… when we’d go to the fair and get funnel cake. Love this Diane!

  4. 4

    I love funnel cakes!! My mom used to do this for us as a treat. Takes me way back!

  5. 5

    Oh my goodness…. I probably didn’t need to see how easy that is to make, Diane!

    I remember going to Knott’s Berry Farm WAYYYY back in the stone ages… umm, early 80’s. Camp Snoopy was a blast for young and old alike! The food has DEFINITELY upscaled since then. WOW, that’s some good lookin’ grub! :)

  6. 6

    Oh this time of year, I love it! Can’t wait, our county fair starts in a couple weeks!

  7. 7

    WHAT FUN!!! My kids would go crazy if I made these.

  8. 8

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a funnel cake. That needs to change!

  9. 9

    You are seriously going to make me fatter!!! I love your posts. My family we.t to Knotts the year Disneyland opened. Somewhere there’s a blk & white pic of me on this cool ride motored by a donkeys!

  10. 11

    I didn’t realize you could use pancake batter for funnel cakes! Genius! You are too cute Diane, I can’t wait to come visit you later this year! :)

  11. 12

    I just vacationed at the Jersey Shore and I could not stay away from The Funnel Cakes………Love these images.

    • 13

      yes they are hard to stay away from. Did you know I’m from Jersey. Just saw your post about your trip :) not far at all from where I’m from :)

  12. 14

    I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever had funnel cakes. But leave it to you to make a homemade version!

  13. 15

    When i think of funnel cakes, I think of county fairs and a local farm that I used to take my kids to where they sold funnel cakes. What fun!

  14. 16

    I LOVE funnel cakes! My favorite fair food for sure. And Knott’s is so fun–that amusement park food looks seriously gourmet! Definitely beats the usual hot dogs and chicken strips fare everywhere else. And I am DYING over that adorable cake stand! Want!

  15. 17

    Holy funnel cake!! We’re huge fans!!

  16. 18

    I was late to a strawberry festival up here and “ran” to get a funnel cake, but they were closing up:( Needless to say, I have still never had one. Now, I can make my ow:) Thanks, Diane!

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  18. 20

    oh my kids LOVE this

  19. 21

    My kids love funnel cake! Would have never thought to try it at home :)

  20. 22
    Russell at Chasing Delicious says:

    So cool! I’ve always wanted to make funnel cake. Totally trying this!

  21. 23

    Oh my your fully loaded ice cream and chocolate sauce funnel cake looks amazing as does that cookiewich!

  22. 24

    LOL! Oh no you didn’t?!! What a great way to make funnel cake – and super easy!

  23. 25

    I haven’t had a funnel cake in years – yum!!!

  24. 26

    oh goodness, never thought about making homemade funnel cake!

  25. 27

    Never heard of funnel cake… but they sound and look a bit like the churros I used to enjoy dipping into thick hot chocolate when I lived in Spain! Only skinnier and swirlier! Fiesta food!!!!!

  26. 29

    Craving. BAD. Thanks for sharing how to do this on my own, in my home and allow me to eat them to my hearts content. Wait, maybe that’s bad? :)

    • 30

      Yes, I’m sure eating them all the time would be. But I’m sure there is a good time for them once in a while :)


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