Funnel Cake Fries

Make your own fair food with these Funnel Cake Fries! They're a delicious funnel cake that is shaped like fries. A dippable funnel cake that is hard to resist! Learn how easy it is to make this funnel cake fries recipe.

funnel cake fries on a checked piece of wax paper


Crispy outside with a soft and fluffy inside. These funnel cake fries are very easy to make, and a homemade funnel cake. No more waiting for the fair, make your own funnel cake fries at home.

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What are funnel cake fries?

Funnel cake fries are simply funnel cake batter that is fried into long sticks, like French fries. A simple method to making funnel cakes. I love the fries, as they are perfect for dipping. No need to tear pieces of the funnel cake apart, just grab and dip.

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What you'll need

Get the full recipe at the bottom of the post.

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Oil
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Dipping sauce (optional)

How to make funnel cake fries

Full directions for these funnel cake fries are in the printable recipe card below. This is a quick walk-through on how to make these cake fries.

step by step photos mixing ingredients in a glass bowl on a white surface

1. Start by adding your water, eggs, sugar, and milk in a bowl. Whip up until it is nice and frothy.

2. Then mix up your dry ingredients in another bowl. You will then begin adding the dry to the wet, mixing until it is incorporated.

3. Scoop the funnel cake batter into a piping bag, and heat up your oil as directed below.

4. Pipe 2-3 inch lines of the batter in the hot oil. Flip over to ensure both sides get golden brown in color.

funnel cake fries in oil with a spider spatula scooping the fries out

Once done, carefully remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Dust with powdered sugar if you want, and then serve with a dipping sauce.

funnel cake fries on a paper towel draining

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do funnel cake fries last?

These cake fries are best served fresh and warm. You can store leftovers in the fridge for 1-2 days. The texture will be a lot softer once the fries cool off.

Can I make these in the air fryer?

Since this is a very wet batter you will find it will not hold shape when you pipe out in the air fryer basket or tray. Even with parchment paper on the tray, it can become a mess rather easily. So, I do not recommend making this recipe in your air fryer.

What can I dip these funnel cake fries in?

The possibilities of dippers for these fries are endless. Here are a few ideas for you to consider. Store-bought or homemade pie filling, ganache, custard, Nutella, melted chocolate, etc.

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Funnel Cake Fries

These delicious funnel cake fries are fried until perfectly golden brown, dusted with powdered sugar, and is the best make-at-home fair food.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 25 fries


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla exract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 - 4 cups canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • fruit, chocolate sauce, glaze or cinnamon sugar optional toppings


  • Add the eggs, water, sugar, milk, and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until frothy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and whisk. You may need to switch to stirring with a spatula as the batter thickens.
  • Fill a piping bag or storage bag with the batter. A piping tip isn't needed, but you can use a coupler or a round piping tip if you prefer.
  • Place oil into a dutch oven or large pot.
  • Place over medium heat and let it come up to 390 degrees F. Use a candy thermometer or deep frying thermometer.
  • Carefully pipe 2-3 inch lines of batter into the hot oil. Use scissors, knife or your finger to break the batter off. Don't crowd the fries, so only pipe 5 to 6 at a time and pipe even less if your notice your oil dropping in temperature.
  • Fry on both sides until golden brown about 45-60 seconds.
  • Using a spider strainer, remove and let drain on paper towels for 1-2 mins.
  • Dust with powdered sugar or other toppings
  • Serve immediately.


This recipe can be used to make funnel cakes.
For a crispier funnel cake, reduce the flour in half.
If you find that the batter is too thick to stir, add an additional 1 tablespoon of water.
If the batter is taking longer than 1-2 mins to fry, your oil is not hot enough. You may need to reduce the amount of batter you are adding at once.
You can test the oil by sprinkling a small amount of flour into the hot oil and if it sizzles the oil is hot enough.

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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    1. Hi Diane! I think Belgian waffle batter would be too runny. It wouldn't hold its shape as well when piped into the hot oil. You can definitely give it a try though! I would recommend making sure your oil is extra hot so the batter starts cooking the second it hits the oil. This may help it hold its shape better.

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