Funnel Cake #Cupcake #Recipe

It’s no secret that I love cupcakes.  But I also love, love, love some funnel cake!  The New York State Fair starts next week here in Central NY and it’s been on my mind lately.  Funnel cake is one of my must haves at any fair.  I mean – really, who doesn’t love fried dough dusted lightly (or hey, heavily works too!) in powdered sugar?  So, why not combine the two!?  Funnel cake often comes with whipped cream and fruit toppings as well, but I decided to keep mine simple.  I did a spiced yellow cake, a cinnamon whipped cream topping and finished it off with a mini funnel cake.  And I have to say that this is one of my favorite cupcake creations so far!

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For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together:
1 3/4 cups of flour
1 1/4 cups of sugar
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
In another bowl, cream 1/3 cup of butter.
Add one egg and mix.
Add 2 tsp of vanilla to butter and egg mixture.
Gradually add dry ingredients and 1 cup of milk to butter mixture.  Mix well.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until done throughout.
For the funnel cake:
Mix together:
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 cup of milk
3 tbsp of sugar
Powdered sugar for dusting
Beat until batter is smooth.
Pour some vegetable oil in a pan and heat on medium high heat. Pour batter into a plastic baggie and seal. Cut a bottom corner off of the plastic bag and squeeze batter out through the cut whole directly into the hot oil. Squeeze the batter in a zig zag motion, making sure each piece is a good size to go on top of your cupcakes and fry until golden on both sides. Flip as needed.  Place on paper towels to soak up excess oil until cooled.
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For the whipped cream topping:
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix lightly. Then with a hand or stand mixer, beat on medium until slightly thickened and frothy. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat until thickened to the desired consistency. Be careful to not beat it for too long, as it will turn to butter!
I used a 1A sized tip to pipe on the whipped cream and then placed a piece of funnel cake on top and used a sifter to lightly dust the entire thing with powdered sugar.

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