Homemade funnel cakes are the perfect fun dessert to make. This Instant Pot funnel cake recipe is the perfect recipe if you are looking for a funnel cake just like the fair.
Instant Pot Funnel Cakes
I love making Fair foods at home! We have our amazing homemade funnel cake recipe that we love making. With how much fun it is to cook in the Instant Pot I knew we had to come up with a funnel cake recipe that you can make in the Instant Pot.
This homemade funnel cake recipe is easy to make and tastes just like the ones you get at the fair. Making funnel cakes at home is also much cheaper then buying them at the fair which makes them the perfect fun treat to make at home.
Made with the instant pot and items you most likely already have in your pantry this funnel cake recipe is perfect for making at home.
What is a Funnel Cake?
Funnel cakes are made by pouring batter thru a funnel into hot oil in a circular motion. The batter is fried lightly in the hot oil until it is golden brown and then topped with powdered sugar or other toppings. This instant port funnel cake recipe is just like your traditional funnel cake but cooked in the instant pot!
These instant pot funnel cakes come out perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside just the way we love them.
How to Serve Funnel Cake
Normally when we make funnel cake we top it with some powdered sugar or a chocolate drizzle but there are lots of other tasty funnel cake toppings that you can do as well.
Funnel Cake Topping Ideas
Strawberries and cream. Whipped cream and chopped strawberries.
Caramel Apple Funnel Cake. Caramel sauce drizzled on top with chopped apples.
S’Mores Funnel Cake. Homemade Chocolate hot fudge drizzle, crushed up graham crackers and mini marshmallows.
Churro Funnel Cake. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Top with Ice Cream. Scoop your favorite ice cream on top and if you want to make it a sundae add some whipped cream and a cherry too.
Fresh Fruit. Any type of fresh fruit works great as a funnel cake topping.
Best Oil for Frying Funnel Cake
To get the perfect crispy on the outside soft on the inside texture for the perfect funnel cakes from scratch the best oils to use are vegetable, canola or peanut oil.
Can you Refrigerate Funnel Cake Batter
Yes! If you have left over batter, store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It will keep for 2 days.
Tips for Making Homemade Funnel Cake
Don’t let the oil get to hot. If the oil is to hot the funnel cake will fall apart. My favorite trick for testing oil is putting a wooden spoon into the oil when you start heating it. Then when small bubbles form around the wooden spoon you know the oil is ready.
Drain the funnel cake after removing from the oil. There will be excess oil when it is done frying, remove the funnel cake and place it on a paper towel lined plate for about a minute and then pour on the powdered sugar.
Drizzle in a swirl motion. To get the funnel cake from scratch to look like the ones at the fair, drizzle the batter around in circular motion around the pan.
Always use metal tongs. The oil is HOT, never stick your hands or fingers into hot oil. When removing and flipping the funnel cake always use metal tongs.
Small lines of batter. Small lines of batter will crisp up better then thicker ones.
How to Make funnel cake without a funnel
For years we have been making funnel cake without a funnel. This year things changed when I found an awesome funnel cake funnel at Aldi but previous to now I used either a measuring cup, my pancake dispenser or a zip lock bag with a hole cut on one end or a pastry bag. This is the pancake dispenser I use, I love it and it makes for easy clean up.
Instant Pot Funnel Cakes Ingredients
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- powder sugar or other toppings
How to Make Homemade Funnel Cakes in the Instant Pot
Fill instant pot with oil until 2 inches deep. Set to sauté and using a candy thermometer, bring temperature to 350. May take 20-30 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and water.
Whisk in sugar, salt and baking powder
Mix in flour until batter forms.
Once oil comes to temperature, pour batter into a gallon size zip lock bag and cut a small corner off. A piping bag can be used.
Squeeze batter into the oil piping in random directions and layered over itself. Leave room for batter to expand. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook for another 5 minutes
Remove and place on paper towel to cool and drain some of the oil.
Top with toppings as desired and enjoy!
Fun Dessert Recipes
- Cup of Dirt Cupcakes
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches
- Unicorn Bark
- Strawberry Poke Cake
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Instant Pot Funnel Cakes
- Instant Pot
- Fill instant pot with oil until 2 inches deep. Set to sauté and using a candy thermometer, bring temperature to 350. May take 20-30 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and water.
- Whisk in sugar, salt and baking powder
- Mix in flour until batter forms
- Once oil comes to temperature, pour batter into a gallon size zip lock bag and cut a small corner off. A piping bag can be used.
- Squeeze batter into the oil piping in random directions and layered over itself. Leave room for batter to expand. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook for another 5 minutes
- Remove and place on paper towel to cool and dry.