Today is #NationalVetkoekDay.

Today is National Vetkoek Day!

Vetkoek, literally meaning fat cake, is one of the most loved traditional dishes in South Africa

Vetkoek is something that's very popular in the townships usually served with polony or cheese or even better both, and later progressed to inner-cities due to the level of demand in areas around certain cities.

While some people prefer buying, other people prefer making vetkoeks themselves at their homes. And for anyone who desires to make vetkoeks and enjoy them with family, we have asked Mavezi’s Corner Café in Durban to share with us a generic recipe that you can use at home in making your own vetkoeks.

Mavezi’s Corner Café is a restaurant that is famously known for its gourmet vetkoeks that can be paired with potato chips, mince, chicken strips, chakalaka, and bacon or beef burger patty.


  • Half packet of instant dry yeast
  • Half a cup of white sugar
  • 3 cups of sieved baking flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sunflower oil to fry the dough
  • 500ml lukewarm water


  1. Put yeast in half a cup of lukewarm water and add a pinch of sugar to help activate the yeast.
  2. Incorporate all dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Once the yeast is building, pour into dry ingredients and mix.
  4. While kneading add the water sparingly until the dough is sufficiently
  5. Cover and leave in a warm place until the dough doubles in volume.
  6. Proceed with frying the dough until golden brown.