Nancy J. Patrykus


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 votes

Family & guests
15 Min
35 Min


  • 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

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.
    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!

Printable Recipe Card

About THE A & P Original SPANISH BAR CAKE !

Course/Dish: Cakes Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Spanish
Other Tag: Heirloom

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