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Healthy How-To: Funnel Cake

Posted by Leia Flure - Desserts Snacks

It's state fair season! If you can't make it out to the fairgrounds and need a funnel cake fix, you can have it any time of year with this healthier alternative. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)

Basic Funnel Cake Ingredients:
  • Butter/oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Toppings: Powdered sugar, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate sauce, etc.
  • Deep-fried in oil!

Changes Made:

  • Butter/oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Added cinnamon and vanilla extract to dough
  • Eggs
  • Toppings: Powdered sugar, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate sauce, etc.: Use in moderation!
  • Deep-fried in oil! Baked in hot oven to eliminate excess fat and calories from oil absorption

Nutrition Facts Face-Off!


Baked Funnel Cakes (Printable PDF Version)

Makes about eight 4"-diameter funnel cakes




  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Optional toppings: Powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce*


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine water, butter, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large saucepan. With a wooden spoon, stir until it comes to a rolling boil.
  3. Once boiling, lower heat to medium and add flour.
  4. Stir vigorously until the ingredients form a ball, then remove from heat. Set aside and let cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Once cool, transfer dough ball to a large bowl add in one egg at a time. Beat with a wooden spoon until each egg is incorporated.
  6. Transfer dough to a pastry bag or gallon-size freezer bag, then cut off the tip from the corner.
  7. Squeezing pastry bag, make four 4-" diameter circles on each baking sheet.
  8. Make a criss-cross pattern within each circle, making sure all parts connect.
  9. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until dark golden. Place on cooling rack and dust with powdered sugar.
  10. Add toppings and enjoy immediately.

*Note: Adding toppings will change the nutrition facts (e.g., adding toppings like large amounts of sugar, chocolate sauce, or whipped cream will increase the calorie count).

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