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Mantecadas Recipe

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 mantecadas 1x


Mantecadas are delicious Mexican muffins that have a wonderful orange and vanilla flavor.  Learn how to make this fluffy pan dulce for your family and enjoy this delicious treat anytime!


  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (125g)
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil (120 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (225g)
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch (50g)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Line a 12-hole muffin pan with red cupcake liners.
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture is frothy and a pale yellow, then beat in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the oil and half of the milk into a small jug with a spout, and gradually trickle it into the egg mixture. Beat on medium-high speed until all the liquid is incorporated.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) together into a separate bowl.  Sift them again into the beaten egg mixture and beat on medium speed until blended.
  5. Add the rest of the milk and mix on medium-high speed until the batter is very smooth and free from lumps.
  6. Pour the batter into a jug with a spout and fill each cup three quarters full with the batter.
  7. Just before putting the muffins in the oven, lower the temperature to 350 F and bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove them from the muffin pan and let them cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before eating.


  • Make sure the eggs are at room temperature, as that will make the batter smoother.
  • Be careful not to overfill the muffin cups, as the batter will rise a lot in the oven.
  • Freeze leftovers in zip-top freezer bags for up to 1 month.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: mantecadas receta, mantecadas mexicanas