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Tasty vetkoek (fat cake) makes a lovely dinner or snack. You can make them any size you wish; they're a great party snack when made small. They can be filled with meat, tuna and mayo, syrup, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like using. They're fast, easy, and very tasty.



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and bubbles slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Sift together flour and salt in a large bowl.

  • Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover bowl with a clean cloth and let dough rise until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

  • Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a tennis ball; roll until smooth. Flatten ball of dough until it is palm-sized; set aside on a floured work surface. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fry in hot oil, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.


You may need to add more flour or water while kneading to achieve a bread dough consistency.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

332 calories; protein 7.8g; carbohydrates 60g; fat 6.2g; sodium 390.5mg. Full Nutrition