Cheap & Effective Funnel Cake Fryer
There was a thread about funnel cakes and how to make them behave but I can't find it right now--we've been using with good success a Presto Kitchen Kettle which is just a little electric cauldron.
It's $25, you can get it at Wal-Mart, if you turn it all the way up it is capable of frying nicely, it is the perfect size and shape, smooth bottom and non-stick. Flip with tongs in each hand. On a busy Saturday we have two of them in production making $4 funnel cakes continuously.