I never knew what the fuss was about funnel cakes until I had my first one in Philadelphia at Fox and Son Fancy Corn Dogs. I was absolutely in love! Now I know why everyone made such a big deal about this fried dough sensation. This past year I had always wanted to try to make it but thought it was too difficult.
When we were traveling, I became obsessed with tiny food including utensils, cookware, and cups. For example, this year my mom bought me a mini sauté pan, pot, and cake pan. I think they are so cute! I decided to use my mini cake pan for the first time with a Kumamoto gluten-free baked doughnut mix. Once I made two mini cakes and some doughnuts, there was still some leftover batter. My mom suggested to fry the batter and I thought "I could make funnel cake". Using the mini pot, she helped me heat up the oil and showed me how to ladle the batter into the hot oil. It cooked for less than 2 minutes on each side.
This batter doesn't have yeast but does have eggs and baking powder. The dough is slightly sweet and very fluffy. In doing some checking, it looks like a gluten-free pancake batter could probably be used to make funnel cake. That's pretty easy in my book!
So, what do you need? To make mini (cute) gluten-free funnel cakes, you need a gluten-free batter (cake, pancake, or possibly waffle), a small pot filled about halfway with vegetable oil, a ladle or something to drizzle it into the oil, small tongs or a fork to turn it (I actually used chop sticks!), a plate with a paper towel on top to soak the oil, and some confectioner's sugar to sprinkle on top.
Make the batter. Make sure it's thin enough to pour. Next heat the oil over medium (or just a little higher) heat. It's always a good idea to test a little first to make sure it's hot but not too hot . Then, using the ladle, carefully pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the oil in a circular manner. This can be dangerous so make sure to have an adult around; my mom did the first one for me. Once it puffs up and is getting golden, carefully turn over and cook the other side. Remove from the oil and place on the paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and there you go; mini gluten-free fun-nel cakes!!