Red Velvet Funnel Cakes

2012/08/27 16:20:23
OK, the Pony Express just pulled into town with a lame horse bringing me my current issue of GRIT. Page 12 in the food section theres lot of talk about the hot new trend, Red Velvet Funnel Cakes. Anyone tried these yet? Whats your thoughts? Any comments?
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/28 04:14:31
It seems to be a new item at State Fairs and I'm sure it will spread. Some of the concession suppliers will probably be offering the mixes pretty soon if they haven't already.
Here's a recipe. Try it and see what you think.
Red Velvet Funnel Cakes
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
 2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Red food coloring
Vegetable oil
1.  Heat about 2-3 inches of oil in a flat bottomed skillet to 350 degrees
2.  Beat eggs and milk together in a bowl
3.  Add dry ingredients and beat well
4.  Add red food coloring until you like the color
5.  Cut the bottom cut out a disposable pie tin for the funnel cake form
6.  Pour the batter into the form
7.  Let sit for a couple minutes or until the batter seems set up
8.  Flip and finish cooking on the other side
9.  Once done, put funnel cake on paper towel covered plate to drain grease.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar
Drizzle with cream cheese frosting/glaze, (Optional)
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/08/28 04:23:02
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/28 17:20:25
Gonna try that at the Chili Cheese Festival next month in Roswell? David has decided to mothball the cart for the winter. We thought we might just show up to enjoy the festival. Maybe we will try a new funnel cake?
I would think you could just use your standard funnel cake mix and add the cocoa & food colouring to it.
post edited by lornaschinske - 2012/08/28 17:22:10
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/28 20:59:27
Don`t know about that yet Lorna. Just wondering if anyone in this forum has seen them or tried them out. Was looking for thoughts.
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/29 17:42:18
Being of the old school, if one is good, two is better. Made red velvet funnel cakes this morning. Found out real fast, a little food coloring goes a looooooooooong way. lol Anyway, altered the recipe a bit, cakes turned out good. Now to present them soon to the public down here in the Badlands of New Mexico and see what they think. Wish me luck.
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/29 17:56:02
Here's the shade and consistency of RVFC at the Tennessee State Fair. It sounds like she adapted it from a RV cake recipe...but who knows...

Good Luck!
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/29 18:22:04
A vendor at Three Rivers Festival that does RVFC also does a new German Chocolate FC version...

Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/08/30 11:14:42
Personally, I'm not fond of red velvet. It's just devil's food chocolate cake with tons of red food dye. I don't like the taste of red food dye. Since Fried Tater does his funnel cakes with just powdered sugar on a paper plate, I would think plain chocolate with powdered sugar would work. In Helen (GA tourist trap), they served their funnel cakes with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or a fruit topping (apple, cherry or blueberry pie filling with tons of whipped cream... very messy to eat).
What's next? Eggnog funnel cakes (for Christmas events)? "Marbled" funnel cakes (if you got chocolate funnel cakes and vanilla funnel cakes, of course you can mix them), Shrimp funnel cakes (spicy funnel cakes with tiny salad shrimp mixed into the batter.... you can call them "shrimp nets!). Okay, I think it's time for my "catch up nap".
post edited by lornaschinske - 2012/08/30 11:18:17
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/12 23:39:26
I created the Red Velvet Funnel Cake Recipe used  in Tampa FL, Fort Wayne IN, Des Moines IA, and Tennessee Valley Fair. Also the German Chocolate Funnel Cake. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/12 23:50:13
Gracious!!! Welcome and thank you for joining us!!!

See what happens when we talk about food?

I just wish I knew more about funnel cakes.

Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/12 23:53:56
If I could I would try to make a Dr. Pepper funnel cake with some sore of peanut glaze.
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/14 00:57:49
CC, thank you for the welcome! I will try to play with the Dr Pepper and peanut sauce for you...
Fried Tater, it won't let me Pm yet.....but yes, the German has a special ingredient. And so does the topping. Most of the shows I do, the media has started videoing all the new items. The Travel Channel videoed last year about the Red Velvet, for the show State Fair Foods, and they came again this year, for the show Food Paradise, using both the Red, and the German. When I can PM, I will send you the info you need.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you, have been working all day....
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/14 09:59:38
Thank you for taking the time and congratulations on the media! I'll be watching for you. I think I watched State Fair Foods but can't remember if I was paying close attention. I'll hope they run it again soon.

We have more very local carnival/feasts in this area as opposed to big giant events. Because zeppoles are so popular we don't see too many funnel cakes. They are on the Boardwalks down the shore.

I have another idea and if a thinned consistency was a good transfer and held well I know it would be a hit!

Cannoli are also a very very popular item in the NYC area. Especially in <<<Hoboken>>>


A cannoli could be the Italian long lost cousin of the funnel cake.

Fried shell. Ricotta (or marscarpone) cheese drained mixed with powdered sugar is the base of the filling. Some add cinnamon...citron etc.

Giorgio's decorates with sprinkles. It's often red & green citron (dried fruitcake fruit) or chocolate chips chopped or pulverized pistachio dust.

I think a cannoli funnel cake would have them lining up. I will see what I have that is like a funnel cake ring and give it a try. It might be a disaster but I will give it a try at home for some friends. That's what friends are for.

I bet you get like 100 "I've got an idea" people a day.
post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/09/14 10:24:52
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/14 12:42:33
LOL....yes, I do hear alot of ideas, and some of them sound cool! I like making new funnel cakes that not only taste  good, but look good. I already have 2 new ones lined up for the State Fair in Florida for February. I can't say what they are yet though. My son and I are also opening up our own online funnel cake business. It is called mama Jane's . It's always fun to create excitement for the new cakes. I have also made a Strawberry Funnel Cake, and a Carrot Funnel Cake, plus others.
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/14 14:53:00
Best of luck to you both! We'll be waiting for you. What will you be carrying?

You always know you're a good Mama when your son is willing to do business with you!

My son gave we a pink slip once when he was 4 years old...but it was only a warning.
post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/09/14 14:57:36
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2012/09/21 13:24:31
Btw, it's the icing that makes the Red Velvet so good. Without that, it wouldn't be so popular. The recipe in this thread, is a good one, just add another Tblsp of cocoa. Fried Tater is right, a little red color goes along way.
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2013/04/18 12:14:05
Hi, I'm looking into making red velvet funnel cakes at a fair. Do you know if its possible to take regular funnel cake mix (like Gold Medal's Pennsylvania Dutch mix) and make it into red velvet mix by adding some ingredients?
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2013/07/16 22:22:03
I need help on red velvet funnel cake cream cheese topping
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2013/07/17 00:16:21
I don't fry, but this is what I've seen so far this year in da South. 12-15 to 1 regular vs red. I have tables that ppl can eat at and I laugh at their faces when they eat the red (at every fest). I go out from time to time and grab a pinch off theirs and I wasn't impressed at all. It's a fad.  it's getting harder and harder to get a perfect cake with everyone jumping up and buying a fryer and think it's so easy. It's all in a quality batter, heat & experience. Best setup I ever saw was a 40' trailer that had a 30' grease trough with a flipper in the middle. Man did they ever push some cakes out and they were great. 
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2016/05/12 19:26:50
Mama jane did you ever get the mix to market?
Junior Burger
Re:Red Velvet Funnel Cakes 2016/05/13 22:21:38
We did get it going., and made it for home sales. Should have done retail instead. We had to close sales in Jan 2016.