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Celebrate Mickey’s Birthday With This Easy Funnel Cake Recipe

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:

Mickey Funnel Cake
Easy Mickey Funnel Cake!

Easy Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe

Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 7 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Other toppings to try: Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Fresh Fruit.
If flipping a funnel cake in hot oil makes you nervous, try funnel cake fries or funnel cake bites!
funnel cake flip
When edges begin to brown, use two metal tongs/spoons to flip funnel cake.

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.

Funnel Cake EPCOT Food and Wine
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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.

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