birthday cake funnel cake



If there is anything that looks more festive than this Birthday Cake Funnel Cake, I don’t know what it is. Dripping with sweet creamy icing and covered in tons of sprinkles, this funnel cake just screams CELEBRATION!

My baby girl has a birthday coming up, time is flying by and I’m watching her transform into a young woman right before my eyes. She’s well into her teens now and her schedule is busier than mine. She’s been on two trips with her school in the last two weeks for two or three nights at a time with another trip coming up this week. She’s turning into quite an amazing  lady and I’m so proud to be her mom. I must say I’m already feeling a bit of early onset empty nest syndrome. The more she grows the more opportunities she gets and they all seem to take her away from me.

birthday cake funnel cake


Well, while she’s home we’re going to take the time to celebrate her special day…with CAKE! But not just any cake OH NO! We’re going to do something a little different this birthday. We’re going to celebrate with one of her absolute favorite sweet treats-Birthday Cake FUNNEL CAKE! Funnel cake is a must have for us at any circus, carnival or fair but this time we’re going to make it ourselves. It couldn’t be easier to make funnel cake at home, all you need is a vat of hot oil and this recipe. I’ll let you in on a little secret…I just adapted my go to pancake recipe and deep fried it. The batter puffs up and gets light and crispy when fried to golden brown.

funnel cake pitcherAfter I fried the funnel cakes and drained them I drizzled them in a sweet vanilla cream icing and covered them in every kind of sprinkle I could find.

This is the pitcher I used to pour the funnel cakes into the hot oil, it makes it so easy to pour the batter uniformly  so your funnel cake cooks evenly. Here’s a link to the funnel cake pitcher if you would like more information or to purchase.

birthday cake funnel cake

Funnel Cake Birthday Cake

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 8 funnel cakes


  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 1 T lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t vanilla
  • oil for frying
  • sprinkles for decorating
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Pour fresh lemon juice into the milk and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and stir.
  • Add the egg to the milk and beat well to combine, add vanilla
  • Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture to combine.
  • Pour 1/2 inch of oil into a deep frying pan and heat to 350 degrees
  • Drizzle a 1/2 cup the batter in a circular motion into the hot oil in a circular motion
  • Fry 1-2 minutes on one side until golden brown
  • Carefully flip the funnel cake over and cook for 1-2 minutes more until golden brown
  • Remove the funnel cake from the oil and let it drain on a paper towel.
  • Repeat with remaining batter
  • Put powdered sugar into a bowl
  • Add vanilla
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of cream into the sugar and stir adding more cream 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a pourable consistency.
  • Put 1 funnel cake on a serving plate, drizzle with icing and sprinkle with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining funnel cakes stacking them on top of each other

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Birthday Cake Funnel Cake


30 Comments on Birthday Cake Funnel Cake recipe

  1. David Miller
    April 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm (9 years ago)

    This sounds so good. I would love to make these at home.I love funnel cake its my favorite male.

  2. Brett
    April 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm (9 years ago)

    wanna come make one for my birthday?? may 10th… what a yummy, fun idea 🙂

    • Demetra Overton
      April 4, 2015 at 10:59 pm (9 years ago)

      Sounds like fun to me!

  3. Camesha | Mama Motivator
    April 4, 2015 at 3:17 am (9 years ago)

    That’s a cute idea. A tasty one too! It’s been a while since I’ve had a funnel cake! Glad summer is coming soon!

  4. Travel Blogger
    April 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my gosh that looks like a sweetness overload – in the best possible way.

  5. Kiwi
    April 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I pinned this instantly! I would love to give this to someone on their bday it would be special!

  6. Jocelyn McGaffic
    April 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm (9 years ago)

    You had me a funnel cake! What a great and different birthday treat!

  7. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    April 1, 2015 at 6:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Now that is awesome! We only get funnel cakes once or twice a year so this would be the perfect treat to step away from a traditional cake. YUM!

  8. Carly from The Puzzled Palate
    April 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm (9 years ago)

    That looks amazing! I have always been a huge fan of funnel cake! I might have to make one for myself- just because!

  9. Rosey
    April 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm (9 years ago)

    What a great looking cake! We just had three March birthdays here. I’m glad to have them, and glad it’s over. #expensive

  10. Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    April 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Now that’s a fun birthday cake! I love me some funnel cake. Got to get the fair this year and get me some.

  11. Crystal
    April 1, 2015 at 5:48 am (9 years ago)

    This reminds me of the theme park we went to growing up. Getting a funnel cake was always the highlight. I would love to bring the fun home, so I’ve got to try this.

  12. Ora Lee Gurr
    April 1, 2015 at 4:54 am (9 years ago)

    What fun to have a funnel birthday cake. I appreciate the helpful hints to making such a delightful treat easy to prepare.

  13. Christie
    April 1, 2015 at 2:43 am (9 years ago)

    Totally requesting that next birthday! So much better homemade than at the carnivals!

  14. Marcie W.
    April 1, 2015 at 2:30 am (9 years ago)

    It is not my birthday but this recipe sure makes me wish it was. I think a celebration is in order anyhow because I need a good funnel cake in my life!

  15. Debra
    April 1, 2015 at 12:53 am (9 years ago)

    OOH, I love funnel cake. I haven’t had one in years. that looks so yummy!

  16. vanessa: BriteandBubbly
    April 1, 2015 at 12:49 am (9 years ago)

    Funnel cakes are like my most favorite thing in the world. This is amazing. I have to make this just to make it. Forget the birthday!

  17. Catherine S
    April 1, 2015 at 12:36 am (9 years ago)

    This just looks and sounds amazing. I need to make this for our next party.

  18. Janell
    April 1, 2015 at 12:21 am (9 years ago)

    My son is looking over my shoulder telling me we need to make this funnel cake ‘cake’. What a great idea. My birthday is in a few days and I may have to make this.

  19. Pam
    March 31, 2015 at 11:21 pm (9 years ago)

    Who doesn’t love funnel cake? This looks tasty!

  20. Amy
    March 31, 2015 at 10:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, now this is such a pretty sweet treat! I’d love to make this for my family!

  21. Liz Mays
    March 31, 2015 at 9:55 pm (9 years ago)

    Yum! I’ve never made a cake like that before. My daughter would love one of those for her birthday.

  22. Jeanine
    March 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm (9 years ago)

    What!!! This looks absolutely amazing. Can you believe I’ve never had funnel cake? I feel like I’m missing SO much! This looks tasty!

  23. Melissa Pezza
    March 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I want this for MY birthday! That looks delicious. One of my favorite sweet treats is funnel cake. Yum!

  24. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    March 31, 2015 at 9:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Best birthday cake ever! Funnel cake is always delicious, but this just takes the cake – the funnel cake. =D

  25. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 31, 2015 at 9:01 pm (9 years ago)

    I am drooling over this cake. It looks divine!!

  26. Deena
    March 31, 2015 at 8:10 pm (9 years ago)

    oh my goodness this looks absolutely delicious. You’ve got my sweet tooth going now, I cannot wait to try this recipe

    • Demetra Overton
      March 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm (9 years ago)

      Yes! A funnel cake “cake” is perfect for Summer birthdays and carnival themed parties. That’s a great idea.


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