THE A & P Original BAR CAKE !

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 2 Ratings
Serves: Family & guests
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Cooking Method: Bake


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)
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

The Cook

Nancy J. Patrykus Recipe
Well Seasoned
Spokane, WA (pop. 208,916)
Member Since Jan 2011
Nancy J.'s notes for this recipe:
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!
Make it Your Way...

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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.
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.
Mix the cream cheese,butter,vanilla,
confectioners sugar, milk and
lemon juice together.
Spread on the cake
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!

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user Connie Ottman cottman - Mar 12, 2013
Can't wait to try this and yes, I do remember the A & P stores.
user 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.
user Sue H Soos - Mar 12, 2013
I love this cake....pinched!
user Sue H Soos - Mar 12, 2013
My raisin filled gingerbread cake was the closest I have ever come to it.
user 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.

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