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5 from 3 votes

Fat cakes (Namibian deep fried dough, vegan)

Fat cakes are sweet, fluffy and moist deep fried dough balls. This recipe is simple, egg - and dairy – free and uses only a few ingredients. A perfect treat for the whole family in no time.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Rising Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: African, Botswanan, Namibian, South African
Keyword: donuts eggless recipe, fried dough, how to make fat cakes, kid-friendly, Magwinya, Oukuki, puff puff, Vetkoek, vetkoek recipe
Servings: 20 fat cakes
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com


  • 370 g (13.1 oz/ about 3 cups) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package dry yeast (7 g (0.25 oz) (2.5 teaspoons)
  • 1 knife tip nutmeg
  • 250 ml (8.4 fl oz/ 1 cup) lukewarm water
  • 80 g (2.8 oz/ 5 tablespoons) sugar
  • 1 liter sunflower oil to deep fry (34 fl oz)


  • Add 2 tablespoons flour ( from 370 g (13.1 oz)), yeast, 2 tablespoons sugar ( from 80 g (2.8 oz)) to lukewarm water. Using a spoon stir well and let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile combine the remaining sugar, flour, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. After 10 minutes pour the the yeast mixture to the flour - salt mixture. Using a hand mixer with dough hooks or your hands mix well and knead until you have a smooth dough. Grease the bowl by just moving the dough to one side of the bowl. Do the same to the other side. Pour a few drops of oil on the dough, so that it will not dry out. Cover with cling film and then with kitchen towel. Put the dough in a warm place and let it rise for 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  • In a skillet heat approximately 1 liter sunflower oil at medium high heat. Pour a small amount of oil to your hands and oil them. Take a bit of the dough with your finger tips and deep fry them. Repeat the process until you have used up all the dough.
    Put the fat cakes on a cooling rack/ cutting board lined with paper towels to remove the excess fat. I served my fat cakes with homemade tomato sauce dip, but they also taste amazing like that. 


  1. Greasing your hands is very important so that the dough won't be too sticky.
  2. You could also use a spoon or an ice – cream scoop, instead of using your hands