Easy Funnel Cake Recipe Made With Pancake Mix

A fried funnel cake with powdered sugar on top on a white plate on a white counter.

5 from 16 reviews

This funnel cake recipe with pancake mix tastes just like the one you would get at the country fair. It's deliciously crispy on the outside yet light and fluffy inside with a powdered sugar topping for that melt in your mouth finish.



1 cup buttermilk pancake mix

1 tablespoon sugar

About 1/2 cup water 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Powdered sugar

Vegetable oil, for frying

Strawberries to serve


  1. Fill an 8-inch skillet halfway with oil, then turn it to medium heat.
  2. Add pancake mix to a bowl and whisk in the water, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Batter should be the thickness of cake batter, not too runny and not too gooey. It should fall from the whisk like ribbons.
  4. Put the mixture in a piping bag.
  5. Quickly squeeze the batter in a circular motion into the frying pan, forming a 5-inch disk. Cook about a minute until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook on the other side for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
  7. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve warm with strawberries.


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