Mexican Mantecada Muffin Recipe

Known familiarly as mantecadas, you can whip up these homemade Mexican muffins in just minutes. I think, in fact, the mantecada is probably one of the easiest Mexican sweet breads to make. Crunchy on top and soft inside, learn how to make them with our step-by-step recipe and photos below.

Mexican mantecada muffin in baking tin

What are Mexican Mantecadas?

Mexican Mantecadas are sweet muffins with a spongy consistency and a golden crust on top. They are traditionally baked in red liners.

A very popular pan dulce in Mexico, you’ll likely find them in every Mexican bakery. You might even call them The Mexican Cupcake.

These delicious Mexican muffins come in different flavors, and while the most traditional and popular is vanilla, you’ll find them in orange, lemon, covered with chocolate, or baked with chocolate chips or pecans, too.

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Where Does Its Name Come From?

The Mexican mantecada is a “cousin” of the Mantecada de Astorga from Spain. The word comes from “manteca” the word for butter in some parts of Spain. Be careful, though, because manteca in Mexico means lard, where the word for butter is mantequilla.

eight Mexican mantecada muffins in red liners next to a glass of milk

Having said all that, Mexican mantecadas are generally made with neither butter nor lard, but with vegetable oil. It is thought that in the days when Mexican bakers started making them, oil was (and still is) cheaper than butter.

Using oil gives them a firmer crust, unlike cupcakes made with butter, to which butter imparts a softer crust.

Do I Need a Mixer to Make Mantecadas?

No, this is a very simple recipe. You only need a bowl and a whisk. But if you have a mixer, use it. It will make the beating easier.

Inside of a Mexican mantecada in a red liner

Whether using the whisk or the mixer, though, I still recommend adding the flour with a gentle whisking in order to keep the airy consistency of the eggs.

Let’s make them!

More Bread Recipes

Do you like Mexican pan dulce? Try our espejo Mexican coookie and Mexican jelly roll (Niño Envuelto) recipes.

Mexican Mantecada Muffin Recipe

Makes 12 Mexican Mantecadas

Prep time 10 min – Total time 50 min

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (200 gm)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs (160 gm)
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (150 gm)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (118 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10 ml)
  • Zest of one orange (optional)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (~175 ml)
flour, oil, eggs and other ingredients to prepare mantecadas

Utensils

Process

Preheat the oven 350°F / ~180°C

In a small bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In a medium bowl (or mixer bowl) whisk together eggs and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and the eggs are light and fluffy.

If you are using a mixer, try beating the eggs for 5 minutes for a fluffier muffin.

Mexican mantecadas batter in a glass bowl with a whisk

Continue to incorporate the milk, vanilla extract and orange zest (if using).

Pour in oil very slowly in a gentle stream whisking constantly, this will take approx one minute.

Finally, gently whisk in the dry ingredients in 2-3 batches. Please don’t overmix.

Place the liners in the muffin tin and divide the batter into 12 molds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out cleanly.

batter in muffin tins inside a red liner, before and after baking

Let them cool down for 5 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack. They are delicious for breakfast, a snack or dessert. Enjoy!

Mexican mantecada muffin with the red liner removed

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Mexican Mantecada Muffin Recipe

Whip up this Mexican mantecada muffin recipe in minutes. Crunchy on top and soft inside. One of the most popular in Mexico.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 12 mantecadas
Calories: 255kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 200 gm
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs 160 gm
  • 3/4 cup of sugar 150 gm
  • 1/2 cup of milk 118 ml
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 10 ml
  • Zest of one orange optional
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil ~175 ml

Utensilios

  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl (or mixer bowl)
  • Measuring cups or kitchen scale
  • * Measuring spoons
  • Whisk or mixer
  • Spatula
  • 1 muffin pan
  • Red (or other color) cupcake paper liners
  • Cooling rack

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 350°F / ~180°C
  • In a small bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl (or mixer bowl) whisk together eggs and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and the eggs are light and fluffy.
  • If you are using a mixer, try beating the eggs for 5 minutes for a fluffier muffin.
  • Continue to incorporate the milk, vanilla extract and orange zest (if using).
  • Pour in oil very slowly in a gentle stream whisking constantly, this will take approx one minute.
  • Finally, gently whisk in the dry ingredients in 2-3 batches. Please don’t overmix.
  • Place the liners in the muffin tin and divide the batter into 12 molds.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out cleanly.
  • Let them cool down for 5 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack. They are delicious for breakfast, snack or dessert. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Mantecada Muffin Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
255
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
42
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
140
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
49
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
69
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
60
mg
6
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breads, Desserts
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make mantecadas, Mexican mantecada muffin, Mexican muffins, mexican pan dulce

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Moop Brown

5 stars
I really like how simple, straightforward and easy to make this recipe is. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Tracy

5 stars
So easy to make and delicious. My kids and husband loved them! Thanks!

Miichele

5 stars
This muffins were so good. your recipe was very easy to follow. Thank you.

Amy Liu Dong

5 stars
These muffins looks so good and tasty. I’ll be making this recipe for my kids. Thank you!

veenaazmanov

5 stars
A new Muffin recipe is always a welcome and this sounds interesting and a must try recipe for sure. Crunchy on the top and moist inside. Yum

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