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Vetkoek: a snack that’s stood the test of time

By September 28, 2018January 26th, 2023Newsletter

Vetkoek: a snack that’s stood the test of time

September 28, 2018

Vetkoek, directly translates as ‘Fat Cake’ and refers to the method of frying this delightful, much-loved South African snack in oil. Today, vetkoek feature prominently in both Afrikaans and Zulu recipes. However, the history of these deep-fried dough balls goes back many years to the days of the Voortrekkers who found vetkoek a much quicker and easier alternative to baking bread while they were on the move.

How to make your own traditional vetkoek

Prep time: 6 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes per batch
Makes: 8-10



  • 250ml cake flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 2ml salt
  • 1 egg
  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 ml oil for frying



  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg lightly and add to flour mixture
  3. Then add milk and mix batter until smooth
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan and drop tablespoons of the batter into the oil
  5. Fry for up to 2 to 3 minutes on one side, then turn and fry for another minute on the other side


Serving suggestions:

These deep fried small balls are usually served hot with savoury mince but are equally delicious enjoyed with butter and your favourite apricot jam, syrup, fig preserve – or even cheese and thinly sliced biltong. Enjoy!