I am sure I’ve told you this before, but I am a huge fan of carnival food.
Not so much.
First off, I am allergic to carnies.
I know that some of you will think I am making that up, but I assure you I am not.
There are people who are allergic to gluten for Pete’s sake. It’s a whole big thing.
And chocolate. CHOCOLATE ALLERGIES!!
So surely, carnies isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility?
Also, everything at the carnival costs eleven zillionty dollars.
But no one at the fair LOOKS rich, so it’s super confusing.
Sometimes I’ll see a family of six sipping on giant cokes and chowing down on corn dogs and turkey legs, and all I can think about is what I could have bought at Kate Spade with that money.
I used to try to tough it out at the fair for my son but then I realized that enduring nine months of pregnancy and popping a child out of my body was sacrifice enough. So now when he’s all, “Mom, look!! The fair!!” I’m like…”weird how twenty dollars just appeared in your hand. Can we change the subject now?”
We’re not supposed to pay our kids to do what we want, obvi, but the way I see it, I’m still coming out ahead.
Plus, paying people to do things is another whole big thing that happens. It’s how we get everything. I mean, I’m pretty sure the cashiers at Gap aren’t working for free.
Why is kid paying so taboo?
WHO MAKES THESE RULES???
About a week ago, I asked for some cupcake ideas on my Facebook page. Someone suggested Funnel Cake Cupcakes, which I loved, but they sounded a bit complicated.
But then I got to thinking, funnel cakes are fried batter. Big whoop.
So, it’s like this — cinnamon vanilla cupcakes, cinnamon vanilla buttercream, topped off with crispy bits of funnel cake and a healthy dose of powdered sugar.
You can totally make the cupcakes a day ahead, but don’t make the funnel cakes until close to serving time.
Ain’t nobody got time for soggy funnel cakes.
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 1/2 cup cake flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Funnel Cakes:
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 TBS white sugar
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- About a cup of powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375. Line 24 muffin tins with liners and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together baking powder, cake flour, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large glass mixing cup, combine milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium until fluffy and light in color, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs. Add flour and milk mixture alternately, a bit at a time, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Increase speed to medium and beat until batter is smooth.
- Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Remove and cool on wire racks.
- Prepare frosting:
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, cream, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add powdered sugar, beating until just combined. Increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and smooth, about a minute. If frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
- Funnel Cakes:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In the bowl of your mixer, cream milk, sugar and eggs. Add the flour mixture and beat until smooth. The batter should resemble thick pancake batter -- pourable, but thick enough to hold it's shape when poured into hot oil. If it's too thick, add a bit of milk. If it's too thin, add a bit more flour until you get the right consistency.
- Pour oil in an 8 inch skillet. The oil should be about an inch high. Heat until it reaches 375, or batter sizzles when you drop a bit in.
- Using a funnel or a pancake batter dispenser, pour batter in the pan in a circular motion. Do about 3 circles, then fill in with criss crosses of batter. This will hold it all together. Cook in the oil until the bottom turns a dark golden, then flip over and do the same. Drain funnel cakes on paper towels. Cut into pieces.
- Frost prepared cupcakes, then top with pieces of funnel cake. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar and serve.
Funnel cake batter adapted from allrecipes.com
You can purchase a pancake pen HERE. They squeeze out the perfect amount of batter and are really really handy for making funnel cakes — so much easier than using a funnel!