THE A & P Original SPANISH BAR CAKE !

Nancy J. Patrykus Recipe

By Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin

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!


Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves:
Family & guests
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Bake

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

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!
  • Comments

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    Connie Ottman cottman - Mar 12, 2013
    Can't wait to try this and yes, I do remember the A & P stores.
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    Lucille Carter 77mom - Mar 12, 2013
    Hurray! A recipe I am willing to use--real food, no chemicals or preservatives, or fake imitation stuff. I'll be using my own unsweetened applesauce, grapeseed oil or coconut oil, and powered sugar I make in my Vita Mix. I am so l looking forward to making this that I am not only pinching it, I am bookmarking it to my home page so it's in my face and I will remember my good intentions.
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    Sue H Soos - Mar 12, 2013
    I love this cake....pinched!
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    Sue H Soos - Mar 12, 2013
    My raisin filled gingerbread cake was the closest I have ever come to it.
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    Noreen Barbe zepanther - Mar 12, 2013
    In Canada, we referred to this cake as WAR TIME CAKE....
    The ingredients are a little different, because of the lack of available items, during the war, but the same spicy taste.
    I so remember seeing this cake in a colored wrapping and iced top at our local grocery store, who also packed and delivered the groceries.
    Will pinch this for sure, and thanks for sharing.....
    I do have this recipe among my mother in law's treasures, and will post it as well.