Freak Show Funnel Cakes

By 08/09/2020July 31st, 2023No Comments

If you ask me what the ultimate carnival food is, I’d have to say Funnel Cakes! Hands down. They are one of those treats that you only get when you are at a carnival, state fair or an amusement park, and for me, it usually goes like this…

I’m at the carnival happily walking along when I spot someone with a paper plate loaded with fried and powdered sugary deliciousness. I think, I have to get one of those. I approach the stranger and ask, “Where did you get the Funnel Cake? ” They point with dusted fingers, unable to speak because their mouth is stuffed and ringed with sugar. I thank them and quickly head off in search of funnel cakes. Then, all that excitement comes to a crashing halt when I see the line to get one of those bad boys. The line is long…like really super long!

Some folks, I realized are hard core and aren’t deterred by long lines and they’ll happily wait as long as it takes to get a funnel cake. For me…this is where I talk myself out of getting one and walk away disappointed.

Well, I have good news for me and others like me who never want to wait in those long ass lines for fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar…We can make them at home! Yes, you heard me right! At home! And the bonus…We can have as many as we want, with no waiting. All that being said, I made these Freak Show Funnel Cakes as one of the quintessential Carn’evil’ recipes for Halloween. They taste like a classic funnel cake only with a little spooky added. Enjoy!

Freak Show Funnel Cakes

The classic funnel cake that only looks freaky!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Carnival Food
Keyword: carnevil, dessert, Halloween, Halloween Food, Halloween Ideas, Halloween Recipes
Servings: 12


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup powdered sugar +1 tsp cinnamon, for dusting


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and food coloring until incorporated and set aside.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and add to the egg mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Transfer some of the batter into a large squeeze bottle and heat oil to 375 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  • Once oil reaches temperature, squeeze batter into hot oil in circular motions. Note:
  • Fry about 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with cinnamon powdered sugar.

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