The Real Spanish Bar Cake

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 5 Ratings
Serves: 10
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2 1/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp cocoa, unsweetened
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ginger
1/2 c canola or vegetable oil
1/4 c melted butter
1 c applesauce
1 c sour cream
2 medium eggs
1 1/2-2 c raisins, soaked in warm water about 5 minutes to plump
8 oz cream cheese softened
4 Tbsp soft butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 plus c powdered sugar
1/3 c milk (use only if you need to)
1 Tbsp lemon juuice

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Gail Herbest Recipe
Well Seasoned
Bangor, ME (pop. 33,039)
Member Since Jun 2010
Gail's notes for this recipe:
Does anyone remember The Spanish Bar Cake that A&P grocery stores use to have? This is about as close as I have found to the real thing!
The first bite brought back great memories YUM!!! I found this on another site a while back and just got around to making it. I frosted mine with a cream cheese frosting and it was perfect.

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Heat oven to 350 degrees F
Prepare a 9x13 in.pan by spraying with non stick spray
In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together.
add oil,melted butter, applesauce, sour cream and eggs mix well and then add in the raisins, stir to combine
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until done when tested with a toothpick. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting (or butter cream can be used)
For cream cheese frosting- Mix all ingredients beating well adding more milk or powdered sugar as needed to make it smooth and easy to spread

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user Gail Herbest Gaillee - Feb 21, 2011
I shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Feb 21, 2011
Do I ever, loved this as a kid. Thanks for the recipie!
user Kimi Gaines kimijo - Feb 21, 2011
user Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25 - Feb 21, 2011
Brandi Reil [IdGirl25] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
I NEED a Picture to Cook!!!
user becky bodzenski bbodzenski - Feb 21, 2011
that is one of the best cakes ever and your recipe sounds just like it

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