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A Taste of Carowinds: Funnel Cake 

Patrick Wisniewski

Digital Marketing Manager

We are back with a second course of A Taste of Carowinds, a series that gives you recipes so you can make delicious park eats at home. This week's food is a park favorite and is totally my jam. Executive Chef Mitch Weaver's next recipe is the sweetest of all: our classic Funnel Cake with a berry interesting twist. Let's get started!


2 Eggs

1 C. Whole Milk

1 C. Water

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 C. Sugar

3 C. All-Purpose Flour

3 T. Baking Powder

A Pinch of Kosher Salt

Frying Oil

Powdered Sugar

Whipped Cream 

For Strawberry Compote:

  • 1 Pint Fresh Strawberries
  • ½ Whole Orange - Juice Only
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ C. Sugar
  • 2 T. Orange Liquor (optional)
  • 2 T. Water
  • 2 T. Cornstarch


Strawberry Compote - 

  • Remove green tops from strawberries and cut them in half.
  • In mixing bowl place halved strawberries, sugar, orange juice, vanilla, (optional) liquor.
  • Stir and let sit for 10-15 minutes until sugar and juices combine.
  • Place mixture in a saucepot and add water ¾ of the way up on mixture.
  • Bring to simmer and continue to cook until ½ of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a small cup
  • Bring the strawberry mixture back to slow boil and stir in cornstarch mixture until compote begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Transfer mixture to airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Funnel Cake - 

  • In mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • In separate bowl whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and water.
  • Slowly combine dry ingredients into wet until completely mixed and there are no lumps.
  • Pour batter into a pouring container (a pitcher or squeeze bottle). 
  • In a cast-iron pan or heavy frying pan heat oil to 350 degrees. Test oil by dropping a small spoonful of batter in oil. If it rises to surface quickly oil is ready.
  • Slowly pour batter in oil in circular pattern followed by zig-zag motion (this will help keep batter together in circle).
  • With slotted spoon slowly turn funnel cake (be careful not to splash the hot oil)
  • When funnel cake is golden brown, remove it from the oil and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Plate funnel cake with your favorite topping!

Amusement Park Funnel Cake Recipe from Carowinds

Now it's time for you to enjoy! Share your delicious creations with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Have a park recipe you want us to share? Tell us what you want to see with #Carowinds! 

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