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With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, our favorite funnel cake recipes, including some options you’ve never even seen at the state fair.

If ever there was a time to learn how to make funnel cake at home, it’s now.

Summertime usually means one thing—OK, many things, but high on the list among them: state fairs! This year, you may miss out on the rides, games, and prize-winning livestock, but you don’t have to miss the awesome carnival food.

Related Reading: A Funnel Cake Recipe That Brings the State Fair Right into Your Home

These funnel cake recipes are all do-able in your own kitchen, and as a bonus, there’s no standing in a long line in the heat!

You will need to conquer any fears of deep frying (that is, unless you make air fryer funnel cake), and you’ll need something to help achieve the signature squiggly strands of dough.

When it comes to that, you can use an actual funnel, or a piping bag will give you a little more control.

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But if you don’t have any such equipment, you can even use an empty (very clean) ketchup squeeze bottle to extrude your batter into the hot oil.

No matter how you do it, you’ll adore these homemade funnel cake recipes.

1. Churro Funnel Cakes with Dulce de Leche


Cinnamon funnel cakes are dynamite on their own, but add thick dulce de leche for dipping or drizzling and you have a treat that rivals the popular Disney dessert. Especially if you add ice cream too. Get our Churro Funnel Cake recipe.

2. Mini Funnel Cakes


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 Mini Funnel Cake recipe.

3. Funnel Cake Cupcakes


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 Funnel Cake Cupcake recipe.

4. Funnel Cake Hot Dogs


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 Funnel Dog recipe.

Related Reading: Everything You Need to Know About Making Corn Dogs at Home

5. Funnel Cake Burgers


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 Funnel Cake Burger recipe.

6. Red Velvet Funnel Cake


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 Red Velvet Funnel Cake recipe.

7. Nutella Funnel Cake


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 Nutella Funnel Cake recipe.

8. Caramel Apple Funnel Cakes


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 Caramel Apple Funnel Cake recipe.

9. Funnel Cake Fries


No, these are not funnel cake battered french fries (but that might be an intriguing partner for the funnel cake burgers above…); instead, it’s funnel cake batter piped into straight pieces instead of squiggles, because why complicate things? And it comes with a marshmallow dip, but you could serve it with whatever else you want. Get the Funnel Cake Fries recipe.

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Original story by Sarah Spigelman Richter in 2015. Updated by Jen Wheeler with additional links, images, and text.

Header image courtesy of Guillermo Riveros

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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