THE A & P Original SPANISH BAR CAKE !


Nancy J. Patrykus Recipe

By Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin


Rating:
Serves:
Family & guests
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Method:
Bake
Comments:

Do you remember? The A&P grocery store and the famous SPANISH BAR CAKE? The Great American Tea Co. was founded in 1859. Later the name changed to A&P. In 1937 A&P published The Womans Day magazine! From 1972to1974, 800 hundred stores were closed Then in 1979 A&P was sold.
If you miss the cake here it is.
I have baked this cake years ago. It is loaded with raisins, spices, walnuts etc.Now I would like to share this famous cake with you.I remember going to the A&P in the early 40s for mom. When all the food & owner was behind the counter.
He would take our order and even and even bag it!

Ingredients

2 c
flour
1-1/2 c
sugar
1-1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
cocoa powder
1 tsp
cinnamon
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
nutmeg
1 tsp
allspice, ground
1/2 c
vegetable oil
2 c
applesauce
2 medium
eggs...slightly beaten
1 c
raisins.....plump them in warm water,drain and use. .(add these last, after everything else is mixed)
...........frosting.......
8 oz
cream cheese ...softened
4 Tbsp
butter, softened
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1-1/2 c
confections sugar
1/3 c
milk
1 Tbsp
lemon juice, fresh
walnuts are an option...your choice

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Gather your spices and the other ingredients together.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking soda.
Then add the cocoa,cinnamon,salt,nutmeg and allspice.
Mix well.
2
Next add the vegetable oil,applesauce,and the beaten eggs.
When all of the above is mixed,
Add the plumped raisins.
Put in a greased and floured 9x13 cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30to35 minutes
In a pre-heated oven.
3
FROSTING:
Mix the cream cheese,butter,vanilla,
confectioners sugar, milk and
lemon juice together.
Spread on the cake
****YOUR OPTION:
To make a layer cake, just like the original Spanish Bar Cake (see main foto) cut the cake into 2 pieces, then spread the frosting between the layers and on the top.
Step back in time and enjoy this great cake!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Spanish
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #bar, #raisin, #walnut, #Old, #A P


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42 Comments

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Tom Hughes Tom_Hughes
Aug 3, 2015
It was the great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, thus A&P. The cake was under the brand of Jane Parker. My dad worked at A&P for over 30 years and we ate this cake all the time.
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Fonda Hamby FONDAHAMBY
May 2, 2015
Tried this cake today!! The cake itself is fine, but the frosting recipe is WRONG!!!! It took 10 1/2 cups of powdered sugar to get to the right consistency. I will try it again with my own cream cheese frosting recipe.
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Sue Brooks suesueb
Mar 15, 2015
Well, this is exciting! I just happened to be browsing through the cakes and came across this. Thanks for the history. I don't think I ever would have remembered just exactly when the A&P's disappeared.

I SO remember this Spanish Bar Cake. It's probably the ONLY store-bought cake I ever liked. I've pinched the recipe and will be making it soon.

Thanks, Nancy!
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Phillip Thomas Phillip_Thomas
Feb 14, 2015
I agree with Tommaso the Spanish Bar Cake should be in a loaf style. I worked at A&P bakery back in 1968-1976 until they closed. I made this cake for many years from start to finish & he is right.
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Lee Jac Lee_Jac
Jan 19, 2015
I made this cake.. and everyone who tried it said.. it was the bes cake they ever tasted I used my shortening icing recipe though, (shortening ,icing sugar, milk vanilla, cream cheese ) also added a little cool whip .Great recipe! Thanks!