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How To Reheat Funnel Cake [I Test 4 Methods]

Is it possible to recreate the magic of freshly fried funnel cake with leftovers? Not really, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the leftovers and I experimented to find out the best way to reheat leftover funnel cake.

The best way to reheat funnel cake is in the oven or the air fryer. These methods will bring some crisp back. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and warm the funnel cake for 5 minutes. Avoid using the microwave.

How I Tested Reheating Funnel Cake

Armed with a batch of (delicious) homemade funnel cakes, I ate my fill and left the rest in the fridge overnight. The next day I tried reheating them in the:

  • Oven: Decent results and reliable.
  • Air Fryer: My favorite method, crispy results.
  • Stove: Okay results but not as good as the oven or air fryer.
  • Microwave: Avoid this method.

I was on the lookout for the method that best recreated the funnel cakes’ crispy outsides and fluffy insides.

Tips For Reheating Funnel Cake


Avoid re-deep frying: Re-deep-frying will make the cake overly greasy, and burn the outside.

Introduce a new dip: If your reheated funnel cake is looking a bit sad, pairing it with an exciting dip can make all the difference. I’m partial to a marshmallow dip or you can use a warm and gooey caramel sauce.

Manage expectations: Reheated funnel cake is never going to be as good as the freshly made stuff, so don’t get your hopes up

Reheating Funnel Cake In The Oven

Time: 5-10 minutes
Rating: 7/10

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Place the funnel cake on a wire rack and put it in the oven.
  3. Heat for 5 minutes, then check to see if it needs more time.

Using a wire rack is preferable to using a baking tray because it means hot air can circulate all around the funnel cake, crisping it from all angles. If you still want to use a baking tray, I recommend preheating it in the oven first so it’s hot when you put the funnel cake on it.

Pro tip: If you have a toaster oven, even better. These heat up faster and are generally better for reheating fried foods.

Results: This was a decent method for reheating funnel cake. It took longer than the other methods, but the funnel cake was nicely warmed through and had some crispiness to it. You can also reheat multiple funnel cakes at once if needed.

Reheating Funnel Cake In The Air Fryer

Time: 2-3 minutes
Rating: 8/10

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the funnel cake out in the air fryer basket, keeping it in a single layer.
  3. Heat for 2-3 minutes, keeping a close eye on it.

The air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food in a small space, mimicking the original frying process. You need to make sure the fryer basket isn’t overcrowded so the air can flow freely.

And beware that because the heat from the air fryer is so intense, you need to keep an eye on the funnel cake to avoid burning it. It can go from perfectly crisp to burnt in a matter of seconds (trust me, I’ve been there).

Results: The air fryer was the best method for reheating funnel cake. It was super quick and the funnel cake came out crispy and delicious. If you have one, definitely use it.

Reheating Funnel Cake On The Stove

Time: 4 minutes
Rating: 5/10

  1. Lightly oil a pan, or melt some butter, over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the pan is hot, add the funnel cake.
  3. Heat for 2 minutes on each side.

The pan must be hot before you add the funnel cake so it’s not sitting in cold grease for any amount of time. And don’t over-grease the pan, the funnel cake will still have some residual oil so you only need a light spray.

The goal is to quickly reheat and crispen the cake without soaking up additional fat. 

Results: This was okay but not the best. The funnel cake was slightly more greasy than the cakes I reheated in the oven or air fryer, and it didn’t heat as evenly. The bottom got nice and crisp, but the top was soggy.

Reheating Funnel Cake In The Microwave (Avoid)

Time: 10-20 seconds
Rating: 2/10

  1. Place the funnel cake on a plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Microwave for 10 seconds, then check if it’s warm to the touch.
  3. If needed, heat in additional 10-second bursts.

The paper towels help absorb some of the excess grease from the funnel cake, which can come out as it’s being microwaved.

10 seconds might not sound like a lot, but I recommend only heating the funnel cake until it’s warm, not hot, to minimize sogginess.

Results: I wouldn’t use this method. The funnel cake was greasy and soggy, with zero crispiness – it was a far cry from the original. But I included it anyway because I know some people will still try and at least with my instructions the cake will be somewhat edible.

How to Make Funnel Cakes in Advance

The best way to prepare funnel cakes in advance is to prepare the batter and store this, then all you have to do is cook the funnel cakes. The batter will last for up to 48 hours in the fridge in an airtight container.

It might need a quick re-whisk before use but other than that you won’t be able to tell the difference from fresh batter. 

You can also freeze the batter for up to 3 months in freezer-proof Ziploc bags. Take it out the night before you want to use it and let it thaw slowly in the fridge.

How to Store Funnel Cakes

If you find yourself with leftover funnel cake, let it cool to room temperature and then place the funnel cake on a wire rack or crumpled-up piece of foil in an airtight container.

You can store the cake at room temperature for up to 2 days, but it’s best to eat it as soon as possible.

The wire rack / crumped foil means the funnel cake won’t be sitting in its own grease, so helps keep it somewhat crisp. You can also use wax paper to soak up the grease.

Can You Freeze Funnel Cakes?

You can freeze funnel cakes, but be aware that they’ll never regain that ‘just fried’ crisp.

To freeze them, let the funnel cake cool to room temperature before wrapping it in plastic wrap. Then place the wrapped funnel cake in a freezer-proof bag and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Using plastic wrap and a freezer bag minimizes air contact and protects the funnel cake from freezer burn and flavor transfer. If you want to minimize plastic use, you can also lay the funnel cake out on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and freeze uncovered for an hour before putting it in the freezer bag.

This is called flash freezing and will stop any individual cakes from sticking to each other.

How To Reheat Frozen Funnel Cake

I recommend reheating the funnel cake straight from frozen in the oven or an air fryer. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°F) and heat the funnel cake on a wire rack for around 10 minutes, or 5 minutes in an air fryer.

Sprinkle with extra powdered sugar before serving.

Fun Ideas For How to Use Leftover Funnel Cake

If you don’t fancy having sub-par funnel cake, you can transform it into something else. Here are some fun ideas.

  • Funnel cake breakfast sandwich: Use pieces of funnel cake as the “bread” in a sweet and savory breakfast sandwich with eggs and bacon.
  • Funnel cake croutons: Cut the funnel cake into small pieces and toast them to make crunchy croutons for ice cream or salads.
  • Funnel cake trifle: Layer pieces of funnel cake with whipped cream and fresh fruit to create a simple yet impressive trifle.

How To Reheat Funnel Cake [Tested Methods]

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive and reheat your leftover funnel cake.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to reheat funnel cake
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 307kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion funnel cake

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the funnel cake on a wire rack and put it in the oven.
  • Heat for 5 minutes, then check to see if it needs more time.

Notes

Using a wire rack is preferable to using a baking tray because it means hot air can circulate all around the funnel cake, crisping it from all angles. If you still want to use a baking tray, I recommend preheating it in the oven first so it’s hot when you put the funnel cake on it.
Pro tip: If you have a toaster oven, even better. These heat up faster and are generally better for reheating fried foods.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 307kcal

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