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Fat cakes are a type of fried dough recipe that is most often served as a snack in South Africa, Botswana, and other southern African countries. In Botswana, they are often called Magwinya, and Vetoek in South Africa. But both names refer to the same soft, tender, and crisp spheres.

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How To Make Fat Cakes With Baking Powder

Fat cakes are a type of fried dough recipe that is most often served as a snack in South Africa.
These larger cakes are terrific for stuffing with a hearty filling. They’re similar to hamburger buns in size but with a crisper exterior and soft, fluffy inside.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Lunch or dinner
Cuisine South African


  • · Bread flour
  • · Granulated sugar
  • · Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil Oil
  • Water


  • Gather all your ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  • Add in some water but make sure not to turn your flour watery.
    Mix it up till the dough forms a ball.
  • Continue to knead the dough for some minutes until it is firm and smooth, but still soft.
    Add in more water if the dough is hard.
  • Cut the dough into equal pieces.
    Use your hands to form each piece into a ball shape.
  • In a saucepan or large skillet, preheat some frying oil.
  • Place your dough into the oil and fry for some minutes on medium heat until golden brown.
  • Cut and fill with curried minced meat cheese and jam, or your favorite fillings, that is any filling of your choice



Bread flour – you can use all-purpose flour in a pinch, but note that the texture will be slightly different.
Granulated sugar – helps keep the dough moist and flavourful.
Since we're talking about cake and not yeast bread, we'll focus on chemical leavening. The reaction of baking soda or baking powder with the liquids in the batter releases carbon dioxide, which forms air bubbles to help your cakes be light and airy.
Baking powder is used to increase the volume and lighten the texture of baked goods. It works by releasing carbon dioxide gas into a batter or dough through an acid–base reaction, causing bubbles in the wet mixture to expand and thus leavening the mixture.


Serving: 50g
Keyword Fat cakes with baking powder
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