Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A&P's Spanish Bar Cake

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 all 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. Now I would like to share this famous cake with you.
Cook time: 35 Min  Prep time: 15 Min  

2 c flour
1-1/2 c sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice, ground
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 c applesauce
2 md 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 milk
1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh
1. Gather your spices and the other ingredients together. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking soda. t 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.

 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!

Create the ultimate Ostara cake by adding a fondant icing like the picture below


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