Heart Funnel Cakes

This recipe has been on my list for a while now. Who wouldn’t want to make their own funnel cakes?! The idea hit me after a trip to California. We stopped by Knott’s Berry Farm for a day and ended up grabbing one of these fried treats on the way out. It brought back so many memories. I just love these things like nothing else! It’s probably a good thing that I don’t love to fry in my house otherwise I’d make them every day!

To keep things festive (you know Valentines day IS right around the corner) I decided to use some metal heart shaped cookie cutters to keep a heart formed from the batter. I think they turned out simply adorable and a great tradition to start with your kids this year!

heart funnel cakes

Heart Funnel Cakes


  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • oil for frying


  1. Start to heat your oil in a large cast iron pot.
  2. While that is heating whisk together your ingredients (you may need to add an additional 1/3 cup flour if your batter is too runny). Pour into a Ziploc bag or squeeze bottle.
  3. Drizzle batter into the oil, swirling to create designs. Cook 30 seconds on each side or until lightly browned.


heart funnel cake recipe

Cookie cutter method: Use METAL cookie cutters. I had one that was metal but colored red… bad idea. It made a giant red mess in the oil and I ended up starting over. Simply fill your pan with enough oil that your cutter sticks out of the top just a bit. Heat it until you are ready to fry and pour your batter in a spiral motion to semi fill your cutter. After 45 seconds use tongs to remove the cutter and flip your cake.

Just a little note… These are messy. Like I got batter in every corner of my kitchen somehow. I think it maybe stuck to my arm at some point and splattered everywhere. That was about the time I gave up on the plastic bag and busted out one of these:

heart funnel cake batter

I use these for decorating cookies occasionally and thought that the opening was just perfect. If you have an old mustard bottle, or anything with a squeeze lid like the one above, I’m sure it will work just fine. Make sure that you clean it well before adding the ingredients.

heart funnel cake valentines day

We added a little extra cooking time for the fans of “extra crispy”, but I’ll stick with the lighter version. I think about 45 seconds on each side is just perfect. Serve them with a dust of powdered sugar, a simple raspberry sauce, or even my cinnamon honey butter!

Ps- Please be super careful when frying. I would hate for anyone to start a grease fire. Just know that you DO NOT use water to put out a grease fire. Call 911 immediately and use a lid to smoother it out or baking soda.



  1. says

    I love these! I have been wanting to make mini funnel cakes so I love that these are mini and heart shaped – so cute! I can’t wait to try these out! (Though I dont have a heart shaped cookie cutter – can you believe it? so mine might be circle!)

    • Jesseca says

      A little tip… If you want them to be thicker you might want to cut the tip of the squeeze bottle a little. Ours were super thin. Next time I might make them a tiny bit thicker.

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