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Dessert Recipe: Mini Funnel Cakes

MN State Fair Inspired Mini Funnel Cakes from Somewhere Splendid

Funnel cakes are my all time favorite fair food. Growing up in New York, I would look forward to the  summer carnivals to eat it’s not-so-distant cousin, zeppoles (also called fried dough). Here in Minnesota, they prefer the funnel cake format, which is just as tasty. Shauna made these adorable mini versions adapted from Martha Stewart to fit into the State Fair series, and they’re perfect for portion controlled snacking (a very important thing when there’s so many things you want to taste!).


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • rounded 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar


In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Create a well in center of bowl and pour milk, egg, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and vanilla extract into well. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until batter is smooth. Transfer the batter to a squeeze bottle with a 1/4-inch opening at top (or to a wet measuring cup).

Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a pan to 350ºF. The funnel cake batter will float and expand as it fries. To ensure the cakes are uniformly round and miniaturized, use the smallest diameter pan you have (we used a 5″ round pan). Holding squeeze bottle 1 inch from oil, carefully squeeze batter into oil in a spiderweb pattern, starting from center, using about 1/4 cup batter per cake. Fry the cake until golden brown on both sides, flipping once. Transfer the funnel cake to a paper towel-lined plate to allow it to drain. Let the oil to 350ºF before frying next cake.

Sift confectioners’ sugar over cakes just before serving.

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  1. Oh, how I love deep fried carbs!

    Jee     Thursday, August 23, 2012
  2. My husband LOVES funnel cakes ! Might be fun to make these for his birthday :-)

    Gloria     Thursday, August 23, 2012
  3. These look so delicious! I love the idea of making them mini. You really can make anything mini, which makes them great party food. I can’t wait to try them!

    Natalie     Sunday, August 26, 2012
  4. These look so delicious! I love the idea of making them mini. You really can make anything mini, which makes them great party food. I can’t wait to try them!

    Natalie     Sunday, August 26, 2012
  5. mini is always so cute!! and i’ve been meaning to tell you, the blog redesign is wonderful. looks great!

    amy c     Tuesday, August 28, 2012
  6. Hi! can you tell me where I can purchase the milk bottle glass in the photo? It’s so cool…I love reading your posts…great inspirations!

    dawn     Friday, August 31, 2012
  7. Amy: Thanks so much! Glad you like the redesign!

    Dawn: Unfortunately, it’s a vintage milk bottle I picked up from a local antique store. I love it! I wish more were produced like it these days.

    Maddy     Friday, August 31, 2012
  8. this stuff is daaangerous! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating this =)

    Truly Smitten     Tuesday, September 4, 2012
  9. this looks delicious! we were at the mn state fair last weekend. I missed the funnel cakes, perhaps I’ll give these a try!

    julia     Sunday, September 9, 2012
  10. Oh man, these look fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    Jackie | Believe Not     Monday, September 10, 2012