Nancy J. Patrykus Recipe


By Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin

Family & guests
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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!


2 c
1-1/2 c
1-1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
cocoa powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
allspice, ground
1/2 c
vegetable oil
2 c
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
1 Tbsp
lemon juice, fresh
walnuts are an option...your choice

Directions Step-By-Step

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!

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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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!
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.
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!
Beth Snavely BethSnavely
Jan 18, 2015
Oh gosh! I remember these! I loved them as a young girl, before they disappeared with A&P from my hometown. I would walk with Mom to the A&P and this was the one treat I would pick out. Mom never baked much after working her job, so these were our desser many a night! Gotta try this recipe!
Cynthia Bush stinkycjay
Jan 10, 2015
My mom always made this. its so good. Her Mom would make it. When they did a recipe book for a School she had put it in it. She would add raisin and walnuts, then on top she would sprinkle chopped walnuts on it to. yummy cake thanks for sharing. We would make cup cake with this recipe too.