How to make Spanish magdalenas

What are magdalenas?

In English, ‘magdalena’ translates as ‘cupcake’. These little cupcakes are often flavoured with lemon and have a sugary crust. In Spain, magdalenas are often eaten at breakfast (listen desayuno) or with a cup of coffee (listen café) as a snack (listen tentempié).

How do you make magdalenas?


  • zest of 1 lemon (listen un limón)

  • 3 eggs (listen tres huevos)

  • 2 tsp baking powder (listen levadura en polvo)

  • 100ml olive oil (listen aceite de oliva)

  • 150g self-raising flour (listen harina)

  • 150g caster sugar (listen azúcar)

You will also need a cake tin and cases.

Important Note:

This recipe uses a hot oven so make sure you ask an adult to help you.


  1. Get an adult to preheat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4.

  2. Beat (listen batir) the eggs and sugar together in a bowl (listen cuenco) until the mixture goes fluffy.

  3. Slowly add in the oil and stir (listen remover) the mixture until it becomes creamy then add the lemon zest.

  4. Add the baking powder and sift (listen tamizar) the flour into the mixture, giving everything one final mix.

  5. Pour (listen verter) the mixture into paper cases until they are half (listen medio) full.

  6. Sprinkle some sugar on top and get an adult to place the tray in the oven for fifteen (listen quince) to twenty (listen veinte) minutes.

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Key Spanish words

listen tentempié  snack 
listen un limón a lemon
listen huevos eggs
listen azúcar  sugar
listen aceite de oliva  olive oil
listen cuenco bowl
listen quince  fifteen
listen veinte  twenty