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Red Velvet Funnel Cake

Red velvet funnel cakes are a delicious and indulgent treat that's perfect for holidays like Valentine's Day or Christmas, but also perfect for when you just want something "different."
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 funnel cakes
Calories: 147kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $2.62 / Serving $0.33



  • 2 cups buttermilk pancake mix ($0.40)
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder ($0.20)
  • 1 cup water ($0.00)
  • teaspoon gel red food coloring ($0.02)
  • canola oil for frying ($2.00)


  • In a large skillet, heat about 2-3 inches of oil until bubbly.
  • Sift together the pancake mix and cocoa powder in a bowl to remove all large lumps. This makes the funnel cakes smoother and speeds up the whisking process.
  • Add the water to the bowl and whisk until no lumps remain.
  • Pour the batter into a pastry piping bag or in a Ziploc sandwich bag with a corner snipped off.
  • Pipe circular designs into the oil, or pipe straight lines for funnel cake fries.
  • When the batter looks mostly dried and the edges look crisp, flip it over and cook the other side for an additional minute or two.
  • Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar if desired and serve warm.


The hardest part is getting the oil to the perfect temperature before dropping the batter in. You can test it by simply adding a small drop of batter into the pan and watching the reaction. You want it to bubble, sizzle and look like it's cooking. Underheated oil will not give such a result. 
You can save leftover funnel cakes in the fridge and reheat them for a few seconds in the microwave before eating.
For best tasting results, I recommend eating them fresh instead, but reheated isn't too bad unless you overcook them then they can become pretty chewy.
You can make and store your funnel cake batter in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. Perfect for prepping before a party! 
To make funnel cake fries at home with this simple recipe all you need to do is change the shape that you are pouring into the hot oil. While you'd normally pipe spirals and circles, for fries you would do short (or long) straight lines.


Serving: 1funnel cake | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.5g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 1.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.8mg | Sodium: 423.8mg | Potassium: 108.3mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 6.3g | Calcium: 136.7mg | Iron: 1.6mg