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How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Funnel Cakes

author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Funnel Cakes
A dish filled with funnel cakes covered in powdered sugar. Photo Credit Dar1930/iStock/Getty Images

Fresh, hot funnel cakes are one of the many delights found at carnivals, fairs and swap meets. However, unlike cotton candy and other midway treats, it’s not hard to make funnel cakes at home, especially since the technique is simple and no special equipment is needed. If you don’t have a funnel, you can create funnel cakes with a pastry bag or a plastic zipper bag with one corner cut off. Making funnel cakes out of pancake batter is the quickest and simplest way to enjoy the hot, sweet treat without leaving home.

Step 1

Fill a frying pan with 2 to 3 inches of canola or vegetable oil and set it over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Prepare the pancake mix and water in a large bowl according to the instructions on the mix's package. The mix doesn't have to be altered for use with funnel cakes, so just follow the directions.

Step 3

Ladle the pancake batter into a pastry bag if you are using one. Alternatively, position the funnel over the frying pan when the oil is hot enough to send a drop of water sizzling and skipping across its surface and ladle the pancake batter into it.

Step 4

Squeeze or funnel the pancake batter into the hot oil in long, thin, snaky shapes; create a casual circular pattern with the shapes.

Step 5

Let the funnel cake batter cook until it starts to brown on the bottom.

Step 6

Flip the dough carefully with a pancake turner to cook the opposite side.

Step 7

Remove the funnel cake to a plate lined with a paper towel and sprinkle it with confectioner’s sugar.

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