It’s summertime, which means state fairs! Get ready for rides, games, and of course awesome carnival food. However, if standing in lines in the heat isn’t your ball of wax, try these recipes to bring funnel cakes to your dinner table:

1. Mini Funnel Cakes

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These mini funnel cakes are everything that you know and love about state fair food. Crispy, warm, and dusted with powdered sugar – it’s impossible to eat just one. Get the recipe here.

2. Funnel Cake Cupcakes

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Up the ante by topping cinnamon-vanilla cupcakes with tiny, crispy shards of funnel cake. This crunchy fried dough would be delicious atop any cupcake –try a carrot cake or spiced banana cake as the base for this funnel cake treat. Get the recipe here.

3. Funnel Cake Hot Dogs

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Corn dogs, take a hike, This sweet-meets-savory treat is so much better. Funnel cake batter should juicy hot dogs in a crunchy sheath. It’s topped with powdered sugar, and would be great with a little tangy-sweet BBQ sauce as well. Get the recipe here.

4. Funnel Cake Hamburgers

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Serious culinary magic is at work in these burgers. The funnel cakes themselves are infused with paprika and black pepper. They house a juicy beef patty smothered in strawberry-rhubarb ketchup, tallegio cheese, and brown sugar bacon. You may never look at funnel cakes the same way again. Get the recipe here.

5. Red Velvet Funnel Cake

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Red velvet cake meets funnel cake in this sweet mashup. Crimson-hued cakes are made with a touch of cocoa and then may be topped simply with powdered sugar or with a diluted cream cheese icing drizzle for more of that traditional red velvet cake taste. Get the recipe here.

6. Nutella Funnel Cake

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Because what isn’t better with Nutella? This recipe produces a very thing, crispy cookie-like funnel cake infused with the hazelnut and chocolate flavors of Nutella. Try it with drizzled Nutella atop for an extra dose of flavor. Get the recipe here.

7. Caramel Apple Funnel Cakes

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Apple pie in funnel cake form. These cakes are infused with diced apples, pumpkin spice, and vanilla bean paste before being fried. The final touch is warm caramel sauce and powdered sugar for an updated taste on a classic dessert. Get the recipe here.

Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching “Arrested Development” reruns.
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