Funnel Cake Bites

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grey plate with stack of funnel cake bites

Who doesn’t love funnel cake?!? These bites are easy to make and taste delicious.

I have a little obsession with fried dough. I can pass on cake, ice cream, and most other desserts. BUT… offer me a funnel cake, elephant ear, churros, sopapilla, or beignet and I’m eating it.

My friend and I took our boys last year to Kings Island, an amusement park in Ohio. All I talked about was the funnel cakes with strawberry topping that I remembered getting from there when I was younger. I couldn’t wait to get one. IT. WAS. CLOSED. Not just one of the shops that sell them. ALL. OF. THEM.

grey plate with stack of funnel cake bites

I got redemption earlier this year when we went to Disney World. That place is like fried dough heaven. They had all kinds of delicious treats. Then they give you those food plans with all kinds of snack credits so you can go crazy. I finally got my funnel cake with strawberries and restrained myself on the others.

Anyways… back to funnel cake bites. These are so much easier to make than the traditional fair favorite. You just spoon a little batter into the hot oil and it makes little yummy balls of funnel cake.

funnel cake bite dipped in strawberry sauce

I made a quick strawberry sauce to go with mine but the topping choices are endless. Some favorites are: ice cream, oreos, whipped cream, sprinkles, blueberries, chocolate, peaches, cereal, candy, or anything else you can think of. You could pile them in a tower and make a mountain of them with sauces, whipped cream, and candies.

inside of funnel cake bite

I used the same recipe that I would use for a traditional funnel cake so you can go that route as well.

Funnel Cake Bites

Funnel cake bites are an easier way to make a fair favorite at home.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fair food, fried dessert, fried dough, funnel cake, funnel cake bites
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 3/4 cup flour, all purpose
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 ea egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powder sugar for dusting optional
  • oil for frying


  1. Fill a medium sized skillet with 1″ of your favorite frying oil. I used canola. Heat over medium heat while preparing the batter.
  2. Add all of the dry ingredients (except the powdered sugar) in a bowl and mix to combine. Add all of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  3. Let the batter sit for about 5 minutes while the oil still heats.
  4. Spoon the batter into the hot oil one spoonful at a time. I used a dinner spoon (the larger spoon that comes in a flatware set). Cook 5-7 balls at a time.
  5. Once they start browning on the bottom, around 15-30 seconds, turn over and cook the other side. Once both sides are browned, take them out with a slotted spoon and dry on a paper towel. Continue cooking in batches until all of the batter is gone.
  6. Dust with powdered sugar (if desired) and serve immediately. You can also serve with dipping sauces or other toppings (see notes).

Recipe Notes

Serve with a variety of toppings, including: 

  • Sauces- chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, peach
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cookies, candy, sprinkles, nuts, crushed cereal
  • Dips- whipped cream with crushed oreos, whipped cream with sprinkles
  • Ice cream

You can also make this batter into regular funnel cakes.

Some other easy and fun desserts…

What’s your absolute favorite fair food?

Red white and blue layers in a cake covered with red white and blue frosting. Whole cake in background with piece cut out and slice on white plate in the front.
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