Vetkoek Recipe

This South African vetkoek recipe shows you how to make vetkoek in no time and gives you lovely, versatile fat cakes to enjoy as a light meal, topped with sweet jam, syrup, honey, or with some savory chicken, cheese or beef mince. Vetkoek is an all-time South African favorite and is rooted deep in the South African tradition. It is also known as “magwinya”.

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South African Vetkoek

A South African favorite, golden brown vetkoek
4.20 from 47 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine South African
Servings 10 people
Calories 215 kcal


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


  • Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly and add to the dry ingredients, add the milk and mix the batter until smooth.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and drop tablespoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. 
  • Fry for 2-3min on one side, then turn and fry for another minute on the other side. 
  • Serve hot with butter and jam.


Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 44IUCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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