These tasty vetkoek (fat cakes) make for a lovely dinner or snack. You can make these vetkoek any size you prefer. They're a great party snack if they are made small and filled with various processed meats, tuna and mayo, syrup, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like. They're fast, easy, and very tasty.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
6 mins
50 mins
1 hr 16 mins
12 vetkoek


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 begins to bubble slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Sift flour and salt together in a large bowl.

  • Pour water mixture over flour mixture and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover bowl with clean cloth and let dough rise until 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 the size of palm; 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 flattened pieces of dough in the hot oil, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

Cook's Note:

As you knead the dough, you may need to add more flour or water to get a dough the consistency of bread dough.

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

Reviews (12)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I LOVED this! I always like something sweet and\or savory and this is the best thing to have! I will most definitely make it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very simple to make. Prepared for a book club meeting about South Africa. It was a hit with the other members. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved making this it was quick easy and tasted great. I was used to my mom and grandma's vetkoek but these not only tasted wonderful but it also looked fantastic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best ever vetkoek recipe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I read the recipe then the reviews who ever says it doesnt work out must have made a mistake im a teribble cook and followd the recipe.........5 diffrent people ate and thay all want for me Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've tried many recipes and this one was my absolute favourite. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
liquid to dry ingredients ratio is wrong...2 cups of water to 7 cups flour will not give you a dough. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy Peary. Read More