Today we’re celebrating Mickey’s Birthday with an easy funnel cake recipe. This is homemade funnel cake is one recipe that we’d argue is better than at a theme park. No waiting in line. No walking around Walt Disney World with powdered sugar-stained clothes and sticky hands.
Best of all, it costs less than two dollars to make this recipe which beats the nearly ten-dollar price tag on the ones found in Disney theme parks.
Check out our video clip and recipe below:
Easy Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- ½ tsp. imitation vanilla extract (imitation vanilla extract will taste more like Park funnel cake)
- 1 tsp. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cooking oil vegetable oil or canola is best
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Mix together egg and milk whipping thoroughly with a fork to incorporate air. Add dry ingredients and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
- In a high-sided pan, bring oil to 375°. The depth of oil should be at least 1” add more if needed.
- Pour funnel cake batter into a pastry bag. Gently begin pouring a thin stream of batter into the hot oil, creating the largest circle (Mickey's head) first. Once the batter has begun to stiffen, add Mickey's ears. Fill in the gaps using a quick drizzling motion. Allow batter to stiffen and edges to become golden brown before gently turning to fry the second side.
- Allow funnel cake to drain excess oil on paper towel before dusting with powdered sugar.
Where to Find Funnel Cakes in the Parks
If you’d rather celebrate Mickey’s Birthday in person, there are several spots in the Disney theme parks where you can find this sugary treat. Walt Disney World Resort has funnel cakes in EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and several locations throughout Disney World. Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park has one of the best-rated funnel cakes loaded down with whipped cream and sugar.
In Disneyland Resort in California, you can find funnel cakes at State Door Cafe. You can even find funnel cake FRIES in Disney California Adventure. Funnel Cake has even predated Mickey Mouse himself. Mickey turns 94 this year, but funnel cake has been around since 1879.
Great things stand the test of time, and funnel cake and Mickey Mouse are at the top of the lists of greats.