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the a & p original spanish bar cake !

★★★☆☆ 5
a recipe by
Nancy J. Patrykus
Spokane, WA

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!

★★★☆☆ 5
serves Family & guests
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For the a & p original spanish bar cake !

  • 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 md
    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
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice, fresh
  • walnuts are an option...your choice

How To Make the a & p original spanish bar cake !

  • 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!