Funnel Cake Cake



No, it’s not a typo.  This is a funnel cake… cake.

It is a cake topped with a funnel cake.

Or a funnel cake atop a cake.  Really, whichever way you slice it, it’s truly a cake cake.

And just so you know, I am NOT a cake person.  Well, a cake-making person.  I can definitely get down with cake, but when you ask me to make it, I can’t help but chortle in your face.

Cakes and I have a terrible relationship where I follow all the “Cake Baking 101” rules to a T and my cake still looks like I did it blindfolded, upside down and while on crack.  The terribly frosted, crumby sides.  The topsy-turvy lean.  The poorly decorated-cake accouterments.  Every cake I touch looks like a CakeWreck.

And giiiiirl, don’t even get me started on fondant.  I don’t even know what it is, and thinking about it sends me into a downward spiral of hair pulling and name calling.  If I need special tools to use it, frankly, I’m not interested.  I’d much rather spend my would-be fondant-rolling money on things like this or this.  Sue me.

But sometimes I really want to make a pretty, tasty, and pseudo-elegant cake without all the fuss behind elaborate cake-making.  It is an art, much like the art of eating whatever you want and not gaining weight, and the art of liking Beyonce, of which I do not possess.  However, this time, I think I nailed it.  Except for the non-bacon funnel cake part.


Baaaaack to my roots of “no-fuss”, I knew I wanted to make this cake but the thought of making a cake AND a funnel cake had me scratchy.  Clearly I had better things to do, like watch Pretty Little Liars or obsessively floss my teeth.  So admittedly, I used a box of funnel cake mix that I found at the dollar store.  Heed my advice, lazy children like myself: don’t used boxed funnel cake mix.  It really doesn’t do anything in your favor except falsely moonlight as bacon on top of a cinnamon cake.


Silly me, because there are tons of easy funnel cake recipes on the interwebs.  I’m particularly fond of this simple one from my girl, Nikki.  Why I didn’t just buck up and make it myself, I don’t know, but I do know that overall, the cake was scrumptious–fake funnel cake or not–and I’m only imagining that a real funnel cake atop this delicious cinnamon-vanilla studded cake would be, well, the cake on the cake.

Do it.


4.7 from 3 reviews
Funnel Cake Cake
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
This cinnamon-vanilla studded cake, topped with a luscious cinnamon whipped cream frosting and a fried funnel cake, tastes identical to the carnival favorite! You'll love this cake!
  • 1 box Golden Vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tubs vanilla Cool Whip Frosting, thawed
  • Funnel Cake Ingredients (either from your favorite recipe or from a boxed mix)
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 6" cake pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions, stirring in ONE teaspoon of cinnamon and the pinch of nutmeg into the batter to combine. Pour the cake batter evenly among the cake pans.
  2. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely.
  3. Once the cakes have cooled, slice each one in half horizontally. Trim off the domed tops, if needed. Place one of the now four cake rounds onto a plate. To prevent frosting smudges, lightly tuck some wax paper around the edges of the cake.
  4. In a large bowl, dump out the Cool Whip Frosting and add the remaining two teaspoons of cinnamon; gently fold to combine. Add a generous dollop of frosting on top of the first cake layer; spread to edges. Add the second layer and repeat this pattern until all the cake layers have stacked four-high.
  5. Continue to frost the sides of the cake and the top of the cake evenly, smoothing out the frosting as you go. Once the cake has been frosted, pop it in the fridge while you prepare your funnel cake.
  6. Prepare your funnel cake according to recipe or package directions; cool on a paper-towel lined plate. Carefully take the still-slightly warm funnel cake and put it on top of the frosted cake. Dust copiously with powdered sugar. Serve!
  7. This cake is best served the same day its made, as the funnel cake on top will gradually become softer and potentially soggy.


This cake is one of the best ones I’ve eaten in a long time.  The layers are so moist, studded with that aromatic cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, lending the cake almost the same flavor as a cake donut.  The whipped cream frosting is light, luscious and marries perfectly with the soft, tender layers of cake.  And of course, who can resist a funnel cake, especially when it sits atop of a cake?!  Even Kristan has the right idea–she made a cupcake version recently, too!

Happy Funnel Cake Dreaming,

xo Hayley




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. This is epic. When you make a cake that leaves you no choice but to call it a cake cake, you know you’re onto a winner.

  2. These photos are GORGEOUS!!!
    I only got to the fair to get funnel cake. It’s the ONLY reason. I’ve been meaning to make my own for awhile. DOING THIS!
    P.S. Please buy that Donut Sweatshirt. Pleasepleaseplease?

  3. Oh my gah. I love funnel cake. It is pretty much the only kind of “cake” that I like. I may have to just make some funnel cakes now. I don’t know why it never crossed my mind, but I just assumed that funnel cakes could ONLY be made at the fair by some creepy guy in a food truck. Not in my kitchen. I’m doing it.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Well, I mean, not only is he awesome at being creepy, but he is pretty awesome at making funnel cakes. Haha.

  4. Come on! This is amazing!

  5. ” The art of liking Beyonce, of which I do not possess.”< hahahahaha! Very well put 😛
    And this cake looks BEAUTIFUL, Hayley! I too get anxiety attacks at the thought of making cakes, but this one looks so lovely and delicious. 🙂

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Ugh, man, I just don’t have it in me to like her, lol. And I’m like, the only one. Waaaah.

      Thanks for the sweet comment, girl!

  6. This is a great idea for a cake! Four layers and funnels cakes on top! I’d say its a winner!

  7. Holy evil wow! I mean I feel like I’m at the fair and I never want to leave!!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Haha that could be a good OR a bad thing, but luckily I think you meant it as a good thing 😉 thanks Cathy!!

  8. Um, WOW. Just WOW. And lady, your cake making skills are the bomb so stop it. 🙂 4-layers? Mine would have tipped over before you could say funnel cake! Love the cake cake concept!

  9. YUM! My cakes are never very pretty either 🙁 I try, I really do, but they always turn out pretty fug. But, this cake looks amazing!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Haha laughing over the word ‘fug.’ And hush, your desserts are gorgeous! I’m still in awe over those Grumpy Cat cookies!!

  10. SHUT THE F#$k UP !!! I AM OBSEEEESSSED. First of all, you made a layer cake. Very impressive lady. Seconly FUNNEL CAKE YUMMYYY FUNNEL CAKE!!!

  11. LOVING this! Now if I can find a way to cut the fat **scratches head**

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      If you find a way to magically cut the fat from a funnel cake, I’ll be your BFF for LIFE. Seriously.

      Otherwise, cake-wise anyhow, you can sub the oil for unsweetened applesauce! I usually make my cakes with it and it makes them SO moist and not at all apple-y. And use egg whites instead of full eggs! Easy peasy.

  12. I think I just keeled over in excitement when I saw this cake! Oh mama, funnel cake on top of cake? You are awesome.

  13. I couldn’t believe it when I read that a funnel cake is on top of a cake!! That’s freaking amazing!

  14. Holy cow this is sooo genius!!! Wowza!

  15. yum, gorgeous, yum…I LOVE funnel cake

  16. Cake with cake.. yes, please! I love funnel cakes.. and I love cake.. this wins my carnival loving heart.

  17. Cake with cake.. yes, please! I love funnel cakes.. and I love cake.. this wins my carnival loving heart.

  18. Those pics are like the happiest cake photos I’ve ever seen! I think you’re a freakin’ genius and the only person I know who could come up with a cake – cake. Loving it!

  19. What a fun post, and great blog you have! I love them both!!

  20. How do you make a cake better? DUH. Add funnel cake. GENIUS!

  21. ohhhhh myyyy goddddd. I love funnel cake. So hard. This looks amazing!

  22. We never go to the fair, BUT I make sure to get a funnel cake at least once during football season when we go to the games. Funnel cake is the bomb. The only thing I could imagine that is better is putting it on top of a cake. Holy cow, love this! And I don’t know what you mean about your cake-making skills. They seem to rock to me. 🙂

  23. Ha! What a great idea!

  24. Wowza, now that is a cake! I’m totally impressed.

  25. Holy crap! I used to love fried dough as a kid in the elephant ear form, but didn’t have funnel cake until later in life. I still prefer the softer elephant ear version of fried dough but this cake is insane!

  26. I have found my true love 🙂

  27. Hayley,I actually had owned a bakery/restaurant, did all sorts of cakes, (including wedding), but don’t get ME started on fondant, either! never, ever used it.It is like rolling and eating sweet Playdoh.It isn’t worth it.It is a pain, I am told, but I personally think it is a cheat. This is nice….cute and tasty!

  28. OMG i need this! So amazing!!!

Speak Your Mind


Rate this recipe: