Fried Cake Bites - Carnival Food at Home
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Fried Cake Bites — At Home Carnival Food

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Fried Cake Bites — At Home Carnival Food: A sweet treat that your taste buds will fall in love with, and it will BLOW your mind how easy they are!

Fried Cake Bites - Carnival Food at Home

Fried Cake Bites

Oh friends… I couldn’t keep this from you any longer, and I may have stumbled upon a guilty pleasure that will engage your taste buds on so many levels.

While at the grocery store the other day, walking past the

“Oooops, I Baked Too Much”

sign, I saw this incredibly delicious cake sitting all by its lonesome on the shelf, with a bright yellow price tag. The cake was marked down so cheap that I didn’t think twice about putting it in my cart (with no plan in mind for this sweet treat at all).

The next day when my gal pal Kate came over (on the day where we get crafty in the kitchen), we started pondering over how we could use this cake for something incredible. Well friends, the thought “Fried Cake Bites” came to mind, and we ran with it. I can’t WAIT to show you how easy this was, and I especially can’t wait to hear how much you’re a new fan of fried cake bites too!

Fried Cake Bites Tutorial:

Alright, we’re going to keep things super simple here and you’re going to LOVE the outcome.

Fried Cake Bites - Using a store bought cake to make this super easy.
Full, printable recipe below too!

Frosted Store Bought Cake

You’re MORE than welcome to make your own cake and add your own frosting for these, but it was insanely easy to just use a store-bought frosted cake. The cake we used was a 2 layer, 8-inch vanilla cake with vanilla icing. But any flavor should do.

Stir/mash until frosting is evenly distributed with cake.

Fried Cake Bites - at home carnival food

Although a store-bought cake makes things super easy, these cake bites wouldn’t be NEAR anything special without the other stars of the show that make them to-die-for.

  • LouAna Peanut Oil –  See notes below
  • Pancake Mix
  • Egg
  • Milk
Peanut Oil for fried cake bites dessert idea

LouAna Peanut Oil

You’re going to use 2 tsp of Peanut Oil and mix it in with the pancake batter, but you’ll also use 2 cups of the oil to fry the cake bites in.

Fried Cake Bites - Carnival Food at home

Cake Bite Batter + Assembly

Using your hands, roll up individual cake bites into about one-inch balls and set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the 2 tsp oil, egg, milk, and pancake mix.

Fried Cake Bites
Fried Cake Bites - Carnival Food dessert idea

Fry those Babies

Heat up 2 cups of Peanut Oil in a pan/skillet (my favorite to use for these is cast iron), over medium-low heat. To test to see if the oil is ready (and not too hot), drop in a dab of the batter to make sure it’s ready for frying.

Once the oil is ready, dip each cake bite into the pancake batter and gently place each cake ball in to the pan.

Fry for one minute, rotating often, until each cake bite reaches a golden brown. Place fried cake bites on to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Fried Cake Bites - easy dessert idea

Remove from pan and allow to cool for a few minutes, and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Fried Cake Bites - easy dessert idea

I Mean… For Real…

Are the insides of these a glance at Heaven or what? You could even dip them in to a fun ice cream topping for some extra tastiness, or eat them just like they are.

TIP: These are not the best leftover (just like any of your favorite carnival food), so make sure you make yourself sick eating as many as you can right away. 😉

Fried Cake Bites - easy dessert idea
Fried Cake Bites - easy dessert idea

Fried Cake Bites – Slightly Homemade

Jessica Burgess
Fried Cake Bites — At Home Carnival Food: A sweet treat that your taste buds will fall in love with, and it will BLOW your mind how easy they are!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 25 cake bites (number may vary based on size)
Calories 181 kcal


  • 1 premade 2 layer 8-in cake frosted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 2 cups + 2 teaspoons peanut oil divided
  • powdered sugar for garnishing if desired


  • Crumble store-bought cake in a large bowl
  • Stir until frosting is evenly mixed with the cake
  • Roll cake mixture in to one-inch balls
  • In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, pancake mix, and 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • Heat 2 cups of oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Test oil by dropping in a dab of the batter to make sure it’s hot enough, or not too hot.
  • Roll each cake ball into pancake batter, then place in oil.
  • Fry each cake ball for about 1 minute, rotating often, until golden brown.


Serving: 1cake biteCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 227mgPotassium: 53mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword cake bites recipe, easy dessert for kids birthday party, easy dessert for party
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Fried Cake Bites - Carnival Food at home

I can see fried cake bites making an appearance at your next family gathering, or at a future birthday party! (Or on a random weekend in your house, just because you want something fun & sweet!) I can’t wait to hear how you topped them, or if you prefer them plain!

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5 thoughts on “Fried Cake Bites — At Home Carnival Food

  1. Carolyn says:

    Can regular oil be used instead of peanut oil want to make and don’t want to have to go by special oil

    1. Jessica says:

      Yes of course! Vegetable oil would work just fine!

  2. Dorothy Boucher says:

    5 stars
    Yum!! Looking forward to trying out this recipe with the grandchildren, maybe adding some tasty sprinkles or some fun! garnish LOLL.

  3. Courtney D. Moseley says:

    I’m going to try this for my “State Fair of Texas” themed teacher luncheon on Thursday with the leftovers of my husband’s strawberry cake that I made for his birthday. I was getting really fancy and carved it up and everything and have TONS left over. I’ll let you know how it turns out! 😉

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh my gosh, using strawberry cake sounds amazing! Yes do! I’d love to hear how it turns out!

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