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A Good Day {Recipe: Hot Apple Cider Funnel Cakes}

You know it’s been a good day when one of the kids walks into the house from school and says “It smells like those doughnuts from the pumpkin patch and apple orchard in here. Why does it smell like those apple doughnuts? Where are the doughnuts?”

No, I didn’t make doughnuts today, but I did make Hot Apple Cider Funnel Cakes… yes I did… with a cinnamon and powdered sugar topping. Mmmmmmm.

Good day turns questionable when the kid keeps yammering… “Where are the doughnuts, mom? Can I have a doughnut?”

Then you have to break it to the poor little one that 1 – you didn’t make doughnuts and 2 – you made funnel cakes but they are all gone. Yes, all gone, as in none left for the after school kids to eat. Ooops. That’s a fun one to share… you get to smell the deliciousness of what we had to eat today, but sorry… you don’t get to have any!

Luckily, they are really easy to make. Once my jeans fit again, I’ll definitley make some more, to share.

These are similar to my Pumpkin Funnel Cake Minis that I made last fall, but normal funnel cake size and smack full of cinnamon apple flavor. Make some for your kids today – or eat them all yourself and break their heart. It’s up to you.


Hot Apple Cider Funnel Cakes

Hot Apple Cider Funnel Cakes

Funnel cakes take on fall with this Hot Apple Cider Funnel Cake recipe!


  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider, cooled (brewed at 8oz setting)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • For topping:
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together until creamy. Next, add the Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider and milk slowly – beat until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, cinnamon, Allspice and baking powder. Slowly add to the wet ingredients, blending until smooth and creamy.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a 2 inch deep skillet on your stove. You’ll know the oil is hot when you place one drop of batter into the pan and it cooks quickly.
  4. Using a funnel or fill an empty squeeze bottle (like a clean ketchup bottle) with batter. Pour the batter into round, funnel cake shapes, cooking one at a time. Once browned, carefully flip and cook the other side (1 minute total at the most).
  5. Carefully remove from hot oil using tongs or a spatula. Drain on a dry paper towel.
  6. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and cinnamon. Using a sifter, sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the funnel cake. Serve hot.
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Disclosure: I have partnered with Green Mountain Naturals to create recipes using their product. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Oh this is downright mean to share. Every single person who has ever had a funnel cake is now craving a fair to go to and a funnel cake to eat! Never so happy to have splurged on that little mini fryer…it was made for these!

  2. Oh my goodness! I have been CRAVING those doughnuts. My MIL does a HUGE funnel cake fundraiser for her church every year so I’m passing this recipe along to her. Maybe if I’m really sweet, she’ll make a few for me to enjoy.

    Thanks Kristen!


  3. These totally bring back memories of going to the apple orchard as a kid and getting apple cider donuts and funnel cake! Can’t wait to share such fun memories with our own kids when they are old enough.

  4. That is so something I’d do lol. Oops. Totally love these!

  5. Woah, these look amazing!!

  6. I love apple cider! I seriously want to go make a cup right now (doesn’t help it’s cool in my house this morning.) This is now on my to make list for this fall – can’t wait to try it.

  7. These look insanely good right now!

  8. These look like such a fun yummy treat I can make for my kiddos this weekend :-)

  9. What a great flavor for funnel cakes! These would disappear in a hurry around here!

  10. I am guilty of having yummy smells in the house with no goods left to eat ;) These are fabulous!

  11. It’s a good thing you live close, as I’ll be by in about 15.

    You think I’m kidding.

  12. The only thing that could POSSIBLY be better than funnel cakes is apple cider funnel cakes.

    I’ll take four.


  13. Ooh. Even I would splurge on these! Sounds so comforting on this first chilly day. :)

  14. Uh, I think I just fainted. Those are AMAZING, Kristen! Gah! The flavors AND the pictures….incredible! Will be dreaming about these ALL day!

  15. Looks so delicious !

  16. Goodness…these Hot Apple Cider Funnel Cakes are amazing. They are so pretty too. I say, they are even better than donuts! :)

  17. Wow! This looks incredible! I need this in my life!

  18. My mom used to make homemade funnel cakes and I thought she was the most talented woman alive. Now I know that they are so simple, yet she made them so special. I love these!

  19. Wow, these look awesome, Kristen, and sound wonderful!! The comfort of funnel cakes and the comfort of Fall all rolled into one!

  20. Terri Hendricks says:

    I know how the kids feel! I can’t even smell them and I’m jealous!


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