A&P Spanish Bar Cake Recipe

Now for a walk down memory lane.  Who remembers this cake?  If you had an A&P around you long ago, you've probably eaten this cake.  Why it is called Spanish Bar Cake I have no idea but it is one of the best cakes you will ever taste.  And it is very easy to make.
 2 C. flour
1-1/2 C. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 T. cocoa powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. allspice

Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.

1/2 C. vegetable oil
2 C. apple sauce
2 eggs

Beat this in a bowl and gradually add the dry ingredients.

Mix in 1 C. of raisins.

Pout the batter into a greased 9X13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.  Turn it out onto a rack and cool completely.


8 oz. cream cheese
4 T. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. confectioners sugar
1/3 C. milk
1 T. lemon juice

Beat this together adding additional sugar to get the right spreading consistency. Divide the cake in half.  Spread the top of the first layer with frosting then add the second layer and cover with frosting.

I like to keep this in the refrigerator.  Seriously, this is one hell of a cake!


Vera said…
Thank you! I loved this cake growing up...I miss my A&P store....
Anonymous said…
oh yes we do, they still sell it at our A&P, its Garry's absolutely favorite cake, I have never ever saw a recipe for it, did you create this recipe, I know you're so good at that,
Patty Woodland said…
My guess is it's called that due to the spices and raisins used.
Anonymous said…
I don't think I've ever eaten this cake. I can't remember those ingredients in a cake. It sort of reminds of other ones but still not the same. Sounds delicious though so I'll most likely try it.

Have a great day!
CalamityJr said…
Sounds delicious, and the applesauce for sweetener makes it perfect for a diabetic. However, do you have a suggestion for a less sweet icing or other topping?
greekwitch said…
OOh! Must bake! Must bake!
greekwitch said…
The decorations are amazing!But if you don't mind me asking, is the plant from either side of your front porch asparagus fern? It is lovely!
Always on the lookout for a delicious and easy cake recipe so thank you for sharing this!
greekwitch said…
I am doing okay except for the post partum insomnia! Right now its 1am over here, and i am hunting down a mosquito while googling your plants and pumping milk!
Noone can accuse me of being unproductive...I am the queen of multitasking!!
greekwitch said…
By the way, i was wondering..Won't the pumpkins go bad? Won't they rot if left outside under the sun?
How are you doing besides Autumn fever? lol
Guillaume said…
High in spices, very autumnal.
greekwitch said…
Thank you so much! I am a bit obsessed! Okay ..a lot obsessed! It takes a lot of self control not to wake her up to hug her!
LOOKS scrumptious.
Joyce said…
I remember this cake also. Ya know, I can almost taste it. I don't know how far back your memory goes, but I have looked for the recipe of an item you could get in the Read's Drug Stores. It was a cinnamon twist with nuts and they would toast it for you. I would get one in the morning with my coffee to take to work. Anyone have a recipe? Thanks
Nellie said…
I've got to bake this cake! I LOVED the A&P! None around here for a number of years.:-(
chickpea678 said…
Oooh, I want a piece of this cake so much right now! Might have to make it tomorrow!
Mary Ann said…
It looks like such a good cake, but we two just can't eat that much!
Heavens! Mary Ann, but of COURSE two people can eat that much! :) If it is in the Fridge..it will last and you can have a nice slice every single day. I am definitely making this today! Thanks Joyce! :)
luckybunny said…
I kid you not, I've been craving this. Now I want it even more.
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