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Do You Love Childlike Wonder?

Want to revisit the wonder of youth, a time when the world felt magical?

Maybe you feel lost in the ordinary or feel worn down by day-to-day responsibilities. Is there a part of you that longs for those moments when the bright, blinking lights at the fair dazzled you? When choosing your favorite balloon from a dozen made you gleeful? When the scent of melting sugar and fried dough caused you to bounce on your toes in anticipation of the best treat ever?

This warm, sugary Funnel Cake is inspired by Little Blackbird when the most exciting night of Kate's life is moments away. At Mystic Water's town fair, Kate can't wait to lick powdered sugar off her fingers and get lost in the crowd with her teenage crush.

Let this Funnel Cake carry you off on a sugary ribbon of nostalgia to a time when holding hands made your heart fluttery, when fried sugary dough warmed you from the inside, and when magic was everywhere.

Funnel Cakes

Serves: 8–10 3-inch cakes (or less depending on size)

Level of Difficulty: Easy Peasy


2–3 cups vegetable oil for frying

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1teaspoon salt

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

How to Make

  1. In a shallow, heavy skillet, heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, beat milk, vanilla, and eggs together.

  3. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl.

  4. Stir into the egg mixture until smooth. Do not overmix.

  5. Fill a squeeze bottle with batter. Start from the center in a swirling motion to make cake. Fry on both sides until golden brown (30–45 seconds).

  6. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm.

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