Is Funnel Cake Made With Normal Pancake Mix/Batter?


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Funnel cakes are a popular sweet dessert mostly found at fairs and carnivals. It is even said that they were eaten in the Middle Ages. Becoming popular in the 1950s when festivals celebrating Dutch culture were introduced in Pennsylvania, funnel cakes are loved by many festival go-ers today.

But, have you ever wondered how these sweet fried desserts are made? Most of us just dig into the delicious treat without thinking about how it was created. This brings us to our question, is funnel cake made with normal pancake mix/batter?

Funnel cakes can be made using normal pancake mix or batter however you have to add things to the pancake mix to make the funnel cakes. If making homemade funnel cake, you should combine pancake mix with eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and milk to create a delicious funnel cake.

So, if you want to use pancake mix or pancake batter to make funnel cakes, you can as long as you add in the extra ingredients to make it the right consistency and sweetness. Making a funnel cake using mainly pancake mix is possible since it  is a combination of dry ingredients. These ingredients are flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. 

When you are making pancakes, you later add the butter, milk, eggs and vanilla. Funnel cakes are made by combining flour, baking powder, and salt with milk and eggs to form a batter.

This means that you can use pancake mix to make funnel cakes because it is made up of the same ingredients that funnel cake is. They are just all together in one dry mix instead of separate. All you have to do is add the liquid ingredients and you can make yummy funnel cakes with pancake mix/batter. 

Although funnel cakes aren’t usually made with pancake mix, you can still use it to make the carnival treat. To see the most popular funnel cake mixes so you don’t have to use pancake mix just click here. 

How Do You Make Funnel Cake (Regular And With Bisquick/ Pancake Mix)?

Making funnel cakes is easy to do. You can do it at home so you don’t have to wait for the fair to enjoy the delicious treat. As long as you have basic ingredients you can make homemade funnel cakes. 

So, how do you make funnel cakes?

To make your own funnel cake you need to have the following basic ingredients (or a funnel cake or pancake mix):

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Powdered sugar (or other toppings)

You combine these and pour through a funnel moving it in a spiral motion to create the funnel cake. Then you fry the batter in the oil until it’s golden brown and top it with powdered sugar (or whatever other topping you are craving. 

The steps to making funnel cakes are easy to do as well. Here are the steps to follow to make funnel cakes at home using these ingredients:

  1. Heat the oil to 375F in a deep fryer or a deep skillet.
  2. Beat milk and eggs together in a large bowl.
  3. Then combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until it is smooth.
  5. Using a funnel, cover the bottom hole with one hand.
  6. Pour in one cup of the batter.
  7. Remove your hand and starting from the center, swirl the batter to make a circle.
  8. Fry the batter until golden brown
  9. Flip the funnel cake over to fry the other side
  10. Remove and put on a paper towel
  11. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar (or other topping) and serve.

Further step by step instructions can be found on many recipe sites and of course there are tons of variations of toppings that you can make or use for your funnel cake.  

So that is the instructions for making funnel cake from scratch, but how do you make funnel cakes using Bisquick (pancake mix)? 

When making a funnel cake using Bisquick or any other pancake mix the batter, combine the pancake mix with eggs, milk and vanilla and then pour this through a funnel as you usually would when making funnel cakes. 

Making funnel cakes using Bisquick or a pancake batter is just as easy to do as when making  funnel cake from scratch. Maybe even a little easier since you follow the same steps you would for making a regular funnel cake and just substitute the package mix for the dry ingredients. 

As you can see, it is easy to make funnel cakes and they can be made by making your own mix of dry ingredients or by using pancake mix and extra ingredients as well. 

What Is Funnel Cake?

Funnel cakes are usually found at summertime fairs but you can also make them at home. If you have never had the privilege of trying a funnel cake, you probably aren’t sure what exactly this sweet treat is. 

So, what is a funnel cake?

Funnel cake is a delicious dessert made by frying batter in hot oil. The batter is poured through a funnel forcing the batter into stringy lines. These are then fried to a golden brown and then topped with powdered sugar and sometimes cinnamon, nutella, or other sweet ingredients. 

If you have ever been to a fair, festival or carnival, you have probably been walking along from booth to booth when suddenly you smelled the aroma of sweet sugary bread. Walking farther you spot a food truck stand that says funnels cakes and features a photo of what looks to be a fried dough formed into long strands and topped with powdered sugar. 

You head over to the food truck and order one of the funnel cakes. You watch as they take a batter and pour into a funnel. Then swirling it into a circular shape into a deep fryer they let it fry for a few minutes and then flip it. 

After it is fried, the funnel cake is sprinkled with powdered sugar and is then passed out the window to you. As you walk away, you tear off a piece of the warm funnel cake and take a bite. 

The sweet dough tastes absolutely delicious. This is a funnel cake.

Final Thoughts

Funnel cakes can be made with pancake mix/batter. It can even be easier to use package mix for making funnel cakes since it is already most of the dry ingredients that are mixed together. All you have to do is add the liquid ingredients and a couple other dry ingredients and continue following your funnel cake recipe. 

Funnel cakes are so good and you don’t have to wait for the county fair to enjoy them. You can make funnel cakes at home using some common kitchen ingredients.

If you don’t have any flour or baking powder, you can use some pancake mix/batter instead to make yummy funnel cakes.

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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