Funnel Cake Fries

Indulge in a delightful twist on the classic fair treat with these Funnel Cake Fries. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and dusted with powdered sugar, they are perfect for sharing and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.


  • 1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
  • ¼ cup cold water (plus 1-2 tablespoons if needed)
  • 1 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


Prepare the Batter: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, water, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract until just combined. Adjust the consistency with additional water if needed—it should resemble a cake batter.

Prepare the Piping Bag: Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a circle tip or use a zip-top bag with a small corner cut off. Rest the bag in a tall glass for easy handling and cleanup.

Heat the Oil: In a Dutch oven or deep pan, heat vegetable or canola oil to 340℉-350℉ over medium-high heat. Use enough oil to submerge the fries completely.

Fry the Funnel Cake Fries: Pipe 3-4 strips of batter into the hot oil, each about 5-6 inches long. Fry for 20-30 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Repeat until all batter is used, adjusting oil temperature as needed.

Serve: Immediately dust the funnel cake fries with powdered sugar using a fine mesh strainer. Serve hot and enjoy the crispy goodness!

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes | Servings: 24

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  • Freshly Made: Funnel Cake Fries are best served immediately after dusting with powdered sugar for that crispy, warm indulgence.
  • Creative Toppings: Experiment with toppings like chocolate drizzle, caramel sauce, or fruit compote for added flavor and variety.
  • Sharing: Arrange the fries in a basket or on a platter for easy sharing at parties or gatherings.

Storage Tips:

  • Immediate Consumption: Due to their nature, Funnel Cake Fries are best enjoyed fresh and warm. They are not suitable for long-term storage.
  • Reheating: If you have leftovers, reheat briefly in an oven or toaster oven to crisp them up again before serving. Avoid microwaving as it can make them soggy.
  • Freezing: While not recommended, you can freeze leftover Funnel Cake Fries in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Reheat from frozen in the oven for best results.

These tips will help you enjoy your Funnel Cake Fries to the fullest, whether you’re serving them for a special occasion or simply indulging in a delicious homemade treat.


1. Chocolate Funnel Cake Fries

  • Chocolate Batter: Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the pancake mix batter for a chocolatey twist.
  • Chocolate Drizzle: Drizzle melted chocolate or chocolate syrup over the powdered sugar for a decadent finish.

2. Cinnamon Sugar Funnel Cake Fries

  • Cinnamon Sugar Coating: Toss the hot fries in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar instead of powdered sugar for a warm, spicy flavor.

3. Fruity Funnel Cake Fries

  • Fruit Topping: Top the fries with fresh berries or sliced fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or bananas before dusting with powdered sugar.

4. Nutty Funnel Cake Fries

  • Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle crushed nuts (such as almonds or pecans) over the powdered sugar for added texture and flavor.

5. Savory Funnel Cake Fries

  • Savory Twist: Omit the sugar and vanilla from the batter. Instead, season with salt and pepper. Serve with a side of savory dip like marinara sauce or garlic aioli.

6. Maple Bacon Funnel Cake Fries

  • Maple Glaze: Make a maple glaze by mixing powdered sugar with maple syrup. Drizzle over the fries and sprinkle cooked, crumbled bacon on top for a sweet and savory treat.

7. Funnel Cake Sundae Fries

  • Ice Cream Topping: Serve the warm Funnel Cake Fries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with hot fudge or caramel sauce.

8. Strawberry Shortcake Funnel Cake Fries

  • Strawberry Topping: Top the fries with fresh sliced strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream for a classic strawberry shortcake-inspired treat.

9. S’mores Funnel Cake Fries

  • Marshmallow and Chocolate: Sprinkle crushed graham crackers over the powdered sugar and add mini marshmallows. Use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows slightly and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

10. Birthday Cake Funnel Cake Fries

  • Sprinkle Fun: Toss the warm fries in colorful sprinkles or rainbow nonpareils before dusting with powdered sugar for a festive touch.

11. Nutella Funnel Cake Fries

  • Nutella Drizzle: Warm Nutella slightly and drizzle it over the hot funnel cake fries. Top with chopped hazelnuts for extra crunch.

12. Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake Fries

  • Pumpkin Spice: Add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the batter and dust the fries with a mixture of powdered sugar and additional pumpkin spice.

13. Caramel Apple Funnel Cake Fries

  • Caramel Apple Topping: Top the fries with caramel sauce, diced apples, and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for a fall-inspired treat.

14. Lemon Blueberry Funnel Cake Fries

  • Blueberry Compote: Top the fries with a homemade blueberry compote (cooked blueberries with sugar and lemon juice) and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

15. Peppermint Funnel Cake Fries

  • Peppermint Twist: Dust the fries with crushed candy canes or peppermint candies and drizzle with white chocolate or peppermint-flavored glaze.

These variations offer a range of flavors to customize your Funnel Cake Fries, catering to different tastes and occasions. Experiment with these ideas to create your own unique twist on this classic fair favorite!


1. Can I use regular pancake mix instead of buttermilk pancake mix? Yes, you can use regular pancake mix if that’s what you have on hand. The buttermilk variety adds a slight tanginess to the batter, but both types will work for making Funnel Cake Fries.

2. How do I know when the oil is ready for frying? Use a candy thermometer to ensure the oil reaches a temperature between 340℉-350℉. Alternatively, you can test readiness by dropping a small amount of batter into the oil—it should sizzle and float to the top.

3. Can I make the batter ahead of time? It’s best to make the batter just before frying to maintain its consistency. If you must prepare it ahead, cover and refrigerate, but let it come to room temperature before using.

4. What piping tip should I use for the batter? Use a piping bag fitted with a round tip, or simply cut a small hole in a corner of a zip-top bag to pipe the batter. This helps achieve the traditional “fry” shape.

5. How do I prevent the Funnel Cake Fries from being too greasy? Ensure the oil is at the correct temperature and avoid overcrowding the frying pan. Fry in batches, allowing enough space for the fries to cook evenly and absorb minimal oil.

6. Can I bake Funnel Cake Fries instead of frying them? While baking won’t give the same texture as frying, you can try baking them at 400°F for about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown. They won’t be as crispy but can be a healthier alternative.

7. How should I store leftover Funnel Cake Fries? Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day. Reheat in the oven to regain crispiness before serving.

8. Can I make Funnel Cake Fries gluten-free? Yes, you can use a gluten-free pancake mix for this recipe. Ensure all other ingredients, including the toppings, are gluten-free as well.

9. What other toppings can I use besides powdered sugar? Experiment with toppings like cinnamon sugar, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream, or even ice cream to create different flavors and textures.

10. Can I freeze Funnel Cake Fries? While they are best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze cooled Funnel Cake Fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 1 month. Reheat in the oven before serving for best results.

These FAQs should address common questions about making and enjoying Funnel Cake Fries, helping you create and serve this fun and delicious treat with confidence.

These Funnel Cake Fries are not only easy to make but also a crowd-pleasing dessert that brings the carnival right to your home. Perfect for parties or a fun family treat, they’ll disappear fast, leaving smiles all around.