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Funnel Cake Equipment and Supplies Buying Guide

Funnel Cake Equipment and Supplies Buying Guide

Thinking about adding funnel cakes to your profitable concession stand menu? As long as you have the right fryer and supplies for your business, you'll be able to start selling batches of delicious, crispy, and golden funnel cakes. This guide will help you choose the right equipment, mixes, toppings, and accessories that your concession stand needs to get started!

Fryer Options

You may want to begin your search for funnel cake equipment and supplies with one of our fryers. We have several stainless steel funnel cake fryers to choose from, including Carnival King and Paragon units. Both brands of funnel cake fryers have a 25 lb. oil capacity, a lid that doubles as a draining tray, an easy-to-clean drain, and an adjustable dial temperature control. They also have the ability to hold (3) 6" or (2) 8" cakes at once!

carnival king DFC1800 donut fryer with mesh trays

Carnival King DFC1800 Funnel Cake / Donut Fryer

  • Allows user to see when oil is ready with orange and green indicator lights
  • Simple, easy-to-use controls
  • Includes 2 wire mesh trays for draining
  • CE Listed
  • 1800W
  • 120V, 240V model also available



Funnel Cake Supplies

Knowing what funnel cake supplies you need before opening your stand is crucial. Prepare ahead of time to ensure easy funnel cake making, quick service, and customer satisfaction.

Carnival King funnel cake mix


Funnel cake mixes make it easy to whip up delicious batches of funnel cakes in no time at all! If you're not creating a batter from scratch, Carnival King funnel cake mix is a fast and easy way to make and serve your cakes. It comes in a 5 lb. bag that not only allows you to produce plenty of funnel cakes, it gives you the ability to keep an abundance of stock so you never run out. Using the mix and water, you can whip up a consistent batter in a matter of minutes by using simple step-by-step directions. Carnival King funnel cake mix is also proudly made in America.

If you're looking for a Kosher funnel cake mix, we provide those as well.

What Kind of Oil Do You Use for Funnel Cakes?

cooking oil

The liquid you use to fry your funnel cakes can vary, but it is an important component of any concession stand. While peanut oil is the best oil for funnel cake since it creates an optimal crispy funnel cake, you may want to try an alternative that won't affect customers with peanut allergies. Some alternatives to peanut oil include the following:

Alternatives to peanut oil are generally inexpensive and will handle high heat without smoking. They also won't infuse their own flavor into your cakes. To choose a frying oil that is right for you and your fryer, consult the Cooking Oil Buying Guide and learn more about the different types of oil available.

Funnel Cake Recipe

Funnel Cake Accessories

While they are only optional, funnel cake accessories can help make the frying process easier. Not only do funnel cake tools ensure consistent cakes for all of your customers, they can save you time and frustration. Using the proper funnel cake utensils can also help protect you and your employees from painful burns.

Item Specifications
  • Provides the right shape and diameter for consistent cakes
  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to use
  • Comes in 4", 6", and 8" sizes
  • Also comes in multiple ring models so you can cook up to 3 cakes in the same ring
  • Allows you to create a consistent stream of batter
  • Ample 2 qt. capacity
  • Customizes the rate of flow to match your consistency preference
  • Incorporates a comfortable and sturdy hand grip
  • Lightweight design
  • Semi-translucent casting allows you to see the batter level
  • Allows you to create a consistent stream of batter
  • Needed when you're not using a pouring pitcher
  • Traditional funnel cake application
  • Comes in a range of sizes
  • Plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel material
  • Can be purchased in sets for various additional sizes
  • Mesh top dispenses toppings evenly
  • Can be used with powdered sugar or cinnamon
  • Convenient shaker jar model
  • Easy to use, clean, and refill
  • Used to flip cakes in the hot oil and remove them when finished cooking
  • Available in different lengths, sizes, and colors
  • Avoid using plastic tongs
  • Use tongs with a coated handle or tip for comfort and protection
  • Aids in retrieving cakes from hot oil
  • Strains excess oil away
  • Available in a range of sizes
  • Choose either a round or square shape
  • Comes in coarse, fine, and extra fine styles

How to Increase Funnel Cake Sales

jug of Hershey's chocolate syrup


Add a variety of toppings to your menu to increase sales and bring in customers. Plus, by creating new and interesting funnel cake combinations, you can keep customers coming back for more! A few toppings include:

  • Candy
  • Cinnamon
  • Cookie crumbles
  • box of Domino sugar
  • Marshmallow
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles
  • Syrup

Whether you are making funnel cake sundaes with ice cream and chocolate syrup or classic funnel cakes topped with fruit, all your toppings will enhance your cakes and give your customers more options to choose from.

Food Presentation

Plating and making your cakes look appealing is a major component for increasing both your sales and profit. When serving your funnel cakes, you want to make sure that it is disposable, durable, and the correct size.

Paper plates are a budget-friendly option. Not only can they withstand the heat of a hot funnel cake, they absorb excess grease and leave your customers with a light, fluffy treat. Plus, they come in a variety of colors to create a bold presentation.


It's important to present your funnel cake creations in an appealing way. By investing in a warming display case, you can show your customers the options they have to choose from. Not only will it keep some of your cakes warm, it will allow customers to be drawn in by the clear view of your cakes and boost impulse sales. If you aren't interested in keeping your display cakes warm, we also carry bakery display cases that will showcase your creative funnel cakes.

How Much Can You Make Selling Funnel Cakes?

Enter your estimates in each field of our Funnel Cake Food Cost Calculator and see how much money you can make over the course of one year. You might be surprised!

Funnel Cake Food Cost Calculator

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Retail Price
Servings Per Day
Profit Per Day
Profit Per Month
Profit Per Year

Carnival King Funnel Cake Fryer

Check out this video to learn more about the features and operation of Carnival King funnel cake fryers.

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