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Instant Pot Funnel Cakes

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There’s nothing better than fair food…except being able to make it at home! These delicious Instant Pot Funnel Cakes mean that I can have fair food even when there is no fair going on.

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Why You’ll Love Instant Pot Funnel Cakes

I love my Instant Pot because I can make delicious foods without ever having to leave my house. Here’s why you’ll love this Instant Pot funnel cake recipe.

  • This recipe is perfect for those who are homebound. As someone with an autoimmune disorder, it can be tough to get out into crowds, but now I can have delicious fair food without having to push my limit.
  • Simple ingredients. This recipe is made with simple ingredients you probably already have.
  • So delicious. These funnel cakes are just as good if not better than your traditional funnel cake that you buy at the fair. Topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup, you’ll love not payng extra for the toppings.
Instant Pot Funnel Cakes

Instant Pot Funnel Cake Ingredients

The best thing about this recipe is that you probably already have everything you need to make it. But, just to be sure, double-check and make sure you have the following ingredients:

  • Milk: You can use whole milk, 2%, and even dairy free milk for this recipe.
  • Eggs: Make sure your eggs are still good. Place them in a cup of water. If they float, throw them out. If they sink, they are still good.
  • Vanilla: This adds that sweet flavor to your crisp cake.
  • Sugar: You will need both regular sugar and powdered sgar.
  • Baking ingredinets: To make the dough for your funnel cake, you will need flour and baking powder (not soda).

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of exact ingredients!

Instant Pot Funnel Cake Ingredients

How to Make Instant Pot Funnel Cakes

You won’t even have to use your pressure cook buttons for this recipe. Just get out that Instant Pot and set it to saute mode.

Step 1: Heat the Oil

First, fill your inner pot with 2 inches of vegetable or cooking oil. Then, turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Heat the oil until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Whisk Wet Ingredients

Next, start making your funnel cake batter. Whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

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Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients

Add your sugar, salt, and baking powder to the wet ingredients. Then, slowly mix in the flour until a batter forms.

Step 4: Put Batter in Piping Bag

Then, place your batter into a piping bag, or put it in a gallon size zip lock bag and cut the corner off.

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Step 5: Pipe the Batter

Squeeze batter into the oil piping in random directions and layered over itself. Leave room for the batter to expand.

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Step 6: Cook the Funnel Cake

Cook the funnel cake batter for 5 minutes on one side, and then flip and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side.

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Step 7: Cool

Remove your funnel cake from the oil and place it on a paper towel to cool.

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Step 8: Top the Funnel Cake

Dust with powdered sugar. Optional drizzle with favor sauce.

Instant Pot Funnel Cakes

Serve and Enjoy!

How Long Does It Take the Oil to Reach Temperature?

If you using your Instant Pot on the saute mode, it will take about 20-30 minutes for the oil to reach 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to use a candy thermometer to check the temperature before placing your batter in the oil.

Why is My Funnel Cake Falling Apart?

If your funnel cake is not forming or falling apart, you will need to check the oil temperature. If the oil is not hot enough, the batter will not form. Additionally, if the oil is higher than 375 degrees F, the cake will break apart.

What is the Best Oil for Funnel Cakes?

The best oil for funnel cakes is vegetable, canola oil, or peanut oil. You can use any oil that you choose as long as you allow it to reach the optimal temperature.

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Best Toppings for Funnel Cakes

I think the best thing about this Instant Pot Funnel Cakes recipe is that you can top your funnel cake however you want without the extra charge. Here are some of the best toppings for funnel cakes:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Chocolate drizzle
  • Ice cream
  • Apple pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Strawberries
instant pot funnel cake
Yield: 4

Instant Pot Funnel Cakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup powder sugar

Instructions

  1. Fill instant pot with oil until 2 inches deep. Set to sauté and using a candy thermometer, bring the temperature to 350. May take 20-30 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and water.
  3. Whisk in sugar, salt, and baking powder 
  4. Mix in flour until batter forms
  5. Once oil comes to temperature, pour batter into a gallon size zip lock bag and cut a small corner off. A piping bag can be used. 
  6. Squeeze batter into the oil piping in random directions and layered over itself. Leave room for the batter to expand. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook for another 5 minutes 
  7. Remove and place on paper towel to cool and dry. 
  8. Dust with powdered sugar. Optional drizzle with favor sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 579Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 1049mgCarbohydrates: 115gFiber: 2gSugar: 66gProtein: 15g

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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