Last Updated on December 3, 2018
I don’t eat out often, in large part because I can make so much of it almost as well at home. Earlier this summer, though, I bought a funnel cake from a carnival. I figured funnel cakes were one of the few things I couldn’t make at home.
And then I found this:
It turns out that Aldi sometimes sells funnel cake mix, and in a very inexpensive all-in-one package, no less.
I tried it out.
The mix was less than half the cost of a standard funnel cake at a carnival (about $2.50 where I bought it) and claims it’s good for 8-10 cakes. The instructions call for mixing all of the batter at once. Because funnel cake batter doesn’t freeze well — and since most people probably aren’t going to eat 8-10 cakes — this does limit you a little. Like I said before, though, at least it’s cheap.
Baker’s Corner Funnel Cakes has instructions for both deep fryers and skillets. It comes with a plastic pitcher and a plastic pouch inside containing the mix. You pull the mix pouch out, pour it in a bowl, add some water, mix it until thick, then pour it back into the yellow pitcher, which has a spout for pouring when you make the funnel cakes. Then you heat up your oil, pour your batter in, and make funnel cakes.
Disclaimer: I’ve never made funnel cakes in my life. Still, the instructions seemed easy enough. Since I don’t have a deep fryer, I went with the skillet method. The instructions called for 3″ of oil in the skillet, which sounded both terrifying and a little expensive. Instead, I went with a little less than an inch (I used vegetable oil), and I went with a Dutch oven in case the oil splattered. (It did, but only a little.) I heated the oil to medium, double-checking the temperature with a digital thermometer, then poured the batter in.
The instructions said 30 seconds or so on each side, but I found through trial and error that a minute or so was better in achieving real funnel cake-like crispiness. Then we pulled the cake out, garnished it with powdered sugar, and ate.
The good news: it tasted like a funnel cake. My early attempts were a little softer, so the consistency wasn’t quite as crisp, but the taste was there, and with subsequent experiments I was able to perfect the texture, too.
The bad news: I only got four tries, or half of what the packaging promised. Now, it’s possible that I somehow overdid my funnel cake pouring, especially early on, but none of mine were as large as a carnival funnel cake. So while the packaging says 8-10, understand that you’re talking 8-10 pretty small funnel cakes, not 8-10 of those monstrosities that multiple people can eat off of.
It’s still a whole lot cheaper than buying them at a fair. And pretty tasty, too.
Baker’s Corner Funnel Cakes Pitcher and Mix makes really good funnel cakes at less than half the cost of what you’d pay at a carnival, even if it doesn’t quite deliver on the promised quantity. As a bonus, the yellow plastic pitcher has any number of post-funnel cake uses, such as a watering can for the garden or a child’s bath toy. If you like funnel cakes, go for it.
You can absolutely make funnel cakes at home, even without a mix! Funnel cake batter is basically just thinned-out pancake batter. A cast iron wok is good because you get more surface area for less oil. If you use a saturated fat, you can filter it and store in the fridge for re-use and thus not spend so much on frying oil (saturated fats don’t go rancid like vegetable oils so they are much healthier for frying.)
If I see this at Aldi I will definitely buy it just for the funnel/pitcher/pourer alone. Looks great!
Just tried these. Turned out perfect!
Loved them and would totally buy them again.
Anyone tried using an air fryer with this?
Gwen, that would not work. Funnel cake batter is a liquid. How would you even put it in the air-fryer basket? Sorry, but this is one food that simply has to be deep-fried.
use half the liquid it calls for and put a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper in the air fryer. works great.
I recently purchased this mix at Aldi’s and loved it!!! It was even better than ones I’ve gotten at fairs. Can hardly wait to purchase a few more packs to have on hand. Love our Local Aldi store since it’s been remodeled.
How much oil do you put in the pan
I use about an inch deep. You are deep frying, not sauteeing.
how much water do you add. Wanted to make these and can’t find the water measurement. Help??
Was excited to make until I looked at ingredients and saw aluminum