A&P Spanish Bar

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!



  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, very finely chopped (optional)



  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt


Preheat oven to 325°F and grease a 8×8 pan with baking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper, set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine water and raisins and bring to a gentle boil, cooking for 10 minutes. Add vegetable oil to the boiled mixture. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

Combine flour, sugar, pumpkin spice mix, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, whisking to break up any lumps.
Mix the dry-ingredients into the boiled raisin mixture. Add in egg and walnuts (if using).
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely before assembling.
In a large, bowl beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and lump free, about 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until smooth.
Remove the cake from the baking pan and place it on a cutting board.
Slice the cake in half.

Transfer one layer to a serving tray and apply the frosting on top.
Top with the second layer and top with remaining frosting.
For a grooved pattern, use a fork to draw lines in the frosting.


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