Funnel Cake Recipe Without Milk: How To

Today, we’re going to be looking at a funnel cake recipe without milk. Funnel cake is a treat that whenever I’m over in the US, I just have to eat (we don’t have it in the UK!). They’re hugely popular, particularly in theme parks and it’s not difficult to see why once you’ve tasted one for the first time.

But how can you recreate this theme park favorite at home? Let’s take a look.

What is a Funnel Cake?

It’s hard to describe a funnel cake – it’s somewhere between a donut and churros. It’s mainly found within the US and is most commonly seen in places such as funfairs, theme parks, and carnivals. Despite its name, it’s not really a cake. It’s made using fried batter and is an amazing golden brown color, dripping in confectioner’s sugar.

Ingredients in Funnel Cake

The ingredients in funnel cake can vary depending on where you purchase your funnel cake from. However, the most common ingredients are:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • oil
  • eggs
  • milk
  • salt
  • white sugar

Funnel Cake Nutritional Information

You may be curious as to what the nutritional information is when it comes to funnel cakes. Each funnel cake usually contains the following:

  • Calories: 760
  • Fat: 44g
  • Carbs: 80g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Protein: 8g

Funnel Cake Without Milk Recipe

There are plenty of funnel cake recipes without milk, but the one we’re going to be looking at today is from Yummly. Funnel cakes are easier to make at home than you may think. And you’ll be able to feel like you’re at a theme park from the comfort of your home.

Do funnel cakes contain milk

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted water
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of bread flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • powdered sugar
  • 1-quart oil (to use for frying)

Recipe

Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Melt the butter

Using a medium pan, over medium heat, add the salt, sugar, water, and butter. Leave to simmer until the butter has completely melted.

Step 2: Make the dough

Once you’ve weighed out the flour, add it to the simmering pan. Stir until a thick dough has formed. Once the dough has formed, put the heat to low and leave to cook for a couple of minutes.

It should hold its shape, but still, be workable. Remove from heat and leave the dough to cool for around five minutes.

Step 3: Add the eggs

Now add the eggs to the dough, individually. Now use a whisk to mix in the eggs until they’re fully incorporated within the dough itself. Your dough should now resemble a thick batter and should be placed into a pastry bag.

Step 4: Make the funnel cakes

Using a wide pan, heat your quart of oil until it reaches 350 degrees. At this point, pipe your thick batter into the pan, to make a circle of individual strands. You’ll need to fry both sides – each side will need to be fried for around 2 minutes (at this point it should be a golden brown color). Repeat this step until all the batter from the pastry bag has been used.

Step 5: Serve

Remove from the pan and leave to drain on a kitchen towel to remove any excess grease. Sprinkle with heapings of powdered sugar for best results, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

If you would like to adapt this recipe to suit your specific dietary lifestyle, you could substitute the butter for dairy-free butter to make this recipe lactose-intolerant friendly. And if you’re gluten-free, you can substitute the bread flour, with gluten-free bread flour and the recipe will become gluten-free.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to perfect a funnel cake recipe without milk. Whether you choose to use milk in your funnel cake or not, it will no doubt be delicious; and will be a favorite among any household. Now I’m desperate for a bite of funnel cake myself!

Do you know of any tips or tricks when it comes to making funnel cakes? Or do you have your own recipe you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring.

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FAQs

Do Funnel Cakes Contain Milk?

Yes. When it comes to traditional funnel cakes, milk is part of the ingredients. The typical ingredients are flour, eggs, milk, salt, baking powder and confectioner's sugar. However, you can replace the milk in any recipe you use with non-dairy milk such as coconut, almond, cashew or oat (there are plenty more alternatives too).

Is Milk Required for Cake?

Milk is definitely not required when it comes to making any type of cake. While all cakes do need some form of liquid, it's more often than not, water rather than milk. Milk is not very important when it comes to cake making, and you can definitely make delicious cakes without it.

Is Pancake Mix the Same as Funnel Cake?

While the two mixes are similar to one another, they are most definitely not the same. If you're looking for a quick way to make funnel cake, I'd opt for a waffle mix, rather than a pancake mix. If you do choose a pancake mix, you may want to add the following ingredients to make the texture as similar as possible to a funnel cake: 1 cup of pancake mix, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. However, it's probably just far easier to make the funnel cake from scratch, as it needs almost identical ingredients to a pancake mix.

What is Funnel Cake Batter Made of?

Funnel cake batter is pretty much always made the same, and using similar ingredients. To make funnel cake batter, you'll need the following ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, salt and baking powder. You can substitute certain ingredients if they don't suit your lifestyle; like we've done in this recipe.

Funnel Cake Recipe Without Milk: How To

Funnel Cake Without Milk

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tbsp unsalted water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 quart oil (to use for frying)

Instructions
 

  • Using a medium pan, over medium heat, add the salt, sugar, water, and butter. Leave to simmer until the butter has completely melted.
  • Once you've weighed out the flour, add it to the simmering pan. Stir until a thick dough has formed. Once the dough has formed, put the heat to low and leave to cook for a couple of minutes.
    It should hold its shape, but still, be workable. Remove from heat and leave the dough to cool for around five minutes.
  • Now add the eggs to the dough, individually. Now use a whisk to mix in the eggs until they're fully incorporated within the dough itself. Your dough should now resemble a thick batter and should be placed into a pastry bag.
  • Using a wide pan, heat your quart of oil until it reaches 350 degrees. At this point, pipe your thick batter into the pan, to make a circle of individual strands. You'll need to fry both sides - each side will need to be fried for around 2 minutes (at this point it should be a golden brown color). Repeat this step until all the batter from the pastry bag has been used.
  • Remove from the pan and leave to drain on a kitchen towel to remove any excess grease. Sprinkle with heapings of powdered sugar for best results, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
    If you would like to adapt this recipe to suit your specific dietary lifestyle, you could substitute the butter for dairy-free butter to make this recipe lactose-intolerant friendly. And if you're gluten-free, you can substitute the bread flour, with gluten-free bread flour and the recipe will become gluten-free.