DIY: Mini Funnel Cakes for a Bridal Shower Dessert Table


Last month, Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery, asked if I could help bring her dessert table ideas for a bridal shower to fruition. Since I love to do new stuff (and, honestly, I’d do anything for Sharon), I said “heck ya!”. Hop on over and read all about the “For, Like, Ever” shower she threw for Lauren of A Fabulous Fete.


Back? Ok. So my post is going to be about the mini funnel cakes I made at the event. I am not going to lie, I was intimidated by frying. (it’s scary!) But I powered through it. Ok the thing that frustrates me the most about frying is making sure the oil temp is right. I don’t have a deep fryer so I just used a pot with LOTS of oil in it. And I’ve tried using a clip on thermometer but I am always scared it’s going to unclip and fall into my boiling hot oil and then I’d be calling 911 just cause I wanted to shove delicious fried foods in my pie hole. Anyhoo. In comes my new favorite kitchen tool – my pink Thermapen! I have been wanting one of these FOR, LIKE, EVER!! 10 years maybe? Seriously, that long. Silly really. But I got one for my birthday! Woo hoo! And I love it! It’s super fast and completely accurate. And pink! It comes in a ton of colors. Like British Racing Green. And Teal! Teal people! It was a hard choice but pink won out. TANGENT!

So back to the mini funnel cakes. Sharon suggested them and already knew how she wanted to display them at the party. So my job was to find a good recipe and make some good toppings. I ended up using this recipe for Funnel Cakes after looking and comparing it with others. I liked that it didn’t use too many eggs and wasn’t fussy. I do not like fuss. I also opted for drizzling them from a squeeze bottle instead of a funnel. That made it even easier and virtually mess free. No drips on the counter. I’ll let Des and Tam’s photos do the talking.


Paper bags on a baking sheet sopped up the oil.

Since this was a lovely shower, I wanted to have some lovely toppings for the funnel cakes. But not stray too far from the traditional ones. So I made a strawberry coulis, a bittersweet chocolate sauce and a creme anglaise (all my go-to recipes that I’ve been using for years but I modify as needed).

Why yes I did put all three toppings on this one funnel cake!

I forgot to take a pic of the finished sauces though. Drats! But you can see Lauren here squeezing some bittersweet chocolate sauce on her cake using super cute tiny squeeze bottles Sharon picked up from Think Garnish.

I made too much of the sauces. So we may (or may not) have eaten spoon fulls of it cause, you know, we didn’t want to waste it. Yea. Yep! That’s why!

Super fun shower and I didn’t mind working it. It’s always fun “working” with Sharon. Wait til I share pics of the dessert table we did for Lauren’s wedding.

If you have any questions about how these came together, just leave me a comment and I’ll answer them. Definitely try them at home. So delicious! And you don’t feel bad eating 2 (or 6) cause they are so small! Ooooh what about turning them into S’Mores. Using the funnel cake instead of graham crackers and sandwiching it with a marshmallow and drizzling the bittersweet chocolate sauce??? Or a marshmallow sauce! Ok off to the kitchen!

  1. AAAAAHHH!!!! Kristin, everything you make is beautiful and looks so freaking delicious.

    • Thank you!!

  2. I love this idea!!! I am having a carnival themed party for my daughter’s birthday and these would be perfect. Do you think they can be made ahead of time and then reheated in the oven?

    • I’d recommend making them to order so they are nice and crispy. Designate someone at the party to be in charge of this. As long as everything is in place, it should be pretty easy to execute. Have fun!! Share pics of your party!

  3. Those sound so good with the sauces. And anything with marshmallow is something I’d go for if you did s’more ones. Can you believe I’ve never had a funnel cake! I’m serious. The photos are slurp worthy. That’s all I’m sayin’.

  4. I like how your mind works. Let’s try them as s’mores immediately! And as always, thanks for being willing to try new things with me! I’m still dreaming of the creme anglaise by the way.


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