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Type Sweet bread
Place of origin Spain
Main ingredients Flour, eggs, cow fat, sugar
Commercial mantecadas, one showing the open cajilla

Mantecadas are a type of province of León, as well as the nearby Maragateria comarca. They taste very much like pound cake.

Other Spanish regions also prepare mantecadas.[1] There is a factory producing mantecadas in Sardón de Duero, Valladolid Province and another in Maliaño, Cantabria. The Casa Salinas bakery in Tudela, Navarre, reputed for its excellent mantecadas, closed down in January 2011.[2]

Mantecadas are baked in square or rectangular box-shaped paper "cajillas"[3] instead of in the typical muffin round paper cups. The mantecada leaves a characteristic cross-shaped silhouette on the paper when it is removed. In the Alt Maestrat comarca the mantecada square paper cups are known as "caixetes".[4]

There is a type of cake known as mantecada in Colombia and Venezuela where the whole is cut into pieces after baking.[5] Certain brands commercialize packed mini-mantecadas in Mexico and Latin America.[6] Mantecadas should not be confused with mantecados, a much denser, non spongy very different type of pastry.

Mantecadas de Astorga

The most famous Mantecadas are the ones prepared in Astorga town under the name Mantecadas de Astorga. Their ingredients are bizcocho or magdalenas (muffins).[7] They are a protected product as per Geographical indication in the European Union.

See also


  1. ^ Mantecadas del Valle de Guadalest
  2. ^ Cierra Casa Salinas, la pastelería más antigua de Tudela con 138 años de historia
  3. ^ Características de las Mantecadas de Astorga
  4. ^ Postres Valencianos
  5. ^ Mantecada Colombiana recipe
  6. ^ Stacks of Snacks by William A. Roberts, Jr.
  7. ^ Mantecadas recipe

External links

  • Other type of Mantecadas (not of Astorga) recipe
  • Mantecada con amor. Colombia style
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