Vetkoek (South African)

Vetkoek (South African)

(3 servings)    Printable Version
  • 1 cup plain or self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (skip if you're using self-raising flour)
  • 1 egg
  • milk and water
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for frying
"Vetkoek" translates to English as "fat cake". It's basically a simple fried dough. It falls somewhere between a doughnut and a pancake in terms of taste and texture. Try serving a batch with a small bowl of maple syrup as a dipping sauce. They're also terrific split and served with butter and jam. If you make them a bit larger than the recipe indicates, they also make fantastic homemade buns for sandwiches and burgers.


Vetkoek (South African)


How To Make Vetkoeks

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Make a little hole in the flour-mound, whisk the egg and add it to the hole. Get your milk and water and add it little by little, whisking it all together, until the batter has roughly the same consistency as pancake mix.

Heat about half an inch of oil in a large pan or skillet. Now's a good time to get an apron unless you plan on tossing your clothes! Test it with a drop of batter, when it hisses it's perfect.

Drop dollops in with a tablespoon and fry, turning regularly until they're golden brown. Depending on the size of your pan, and as your turning skills improve, you can fry two or more at the same time.

Drain on wads of kitchen towel, split open with a fork and enjoy!

Note From Recipe Submitter:

My mom used to make this on rainy days as a treat, and she would just keep them coming. There was always left over, and later with coffee you could just chow them cold like brioche- tastes great!

Really easy, and still decadent, it's a recipe you're not going to forget!



A South African favorite! Can be served hot with syrup, or more traditionally with jelly and cheese, or even with some leftover chili or bolognese if you don't have a sweet tooth.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank emla19 for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Vetkoek (South African)?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 5 votes.


From K.J.
Rating (out of 5):  

Sugar is not required as this can be made with savory or sweet toppings such as jam or preserves if you like it sweet, or cheese.

Comment submitted: 7/10/2018 (#20595)



From Brekiexpert

How many fat cakes can one get from preparing the batch based on the ingredients?

Comment submitted: 5/25/2017 (#20305)



From Dayne
Rating (out of 5):  

CAME OUT Perfectly.

Comment submitted: 2/23/2017 (#20208)



From Traint

No sugar?

Comment submitted: 2/14/2017 (#20196)



From A.S.D.
Rating (out of 5):  

Awesome. It is the best ever.

Comment submitted: 10/9/2016 (#20071)



From Sneaker Pete
Rating (out of 5):  

Mmmmmmhhh... I love it!

Comment submitted: 7/28/2016 (#20001)



From Seabaggin
Rating (out of 5):  

Was great with butter and strawberry preserves.

Comment submitted: 12/21/2015 (#19709)





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