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Thread: Do you remember this Spice Cake?

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    Do you remember this Spice Cake?

    When I was little (in PA/Ohio 1950/60's) we used to get a spice cake (not sure it was called that) from the grocery store that was a dense spice cake with cream cheese icing on it? The shape was about 3x8" on cardboard...probably came form the bakery section. Does anyone remember this?

    I would like to find a recipe that is like that...so if you know what a I want and have a recipe...can you share it please?

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    Yes I do and so do a lot of people on QB. Look under the title .....Looking for Spanish Bar Cake and you will find several recipes that are similar.

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    Our wedding cake was a Spice cake ..that was over 36 yrs. ago.
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    I grew up in Chicago in the 50's/60's, and loved that cake! It was made by the Dolly Madison Baking Co. and was called spicecake.
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    I remember it well, it was sold at the local A & P and it was called Spanish Loaf, it was very good. Probably you would find more cake versions with Spanish Bar Cake and I'd Google A & P's Spanish Loaf first, then Bar Cake. There is also a copycat recipe site you may find it under.

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    I'm drooling just thinking about the Spanish Bar cake we used to buy from the A & P Store in the 1950's. Now, I must leave and hunt up the recipe per your suggestions... Thanks :-)

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    http://www.food.com/recipe/a-p-spanish-bar-cake-423972

    Check this one out. It says it's from the Pittsburg Tribune. If so, it may be close to what you are looking for.

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    While we are strolling down Memory Lane, any of you ice cream makers come up with a copycat version of Isaly's Maricopa Ice Cream? It had a beige color from either a swirl of Caramel or Butterscotch and had a salty-sweet flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcurious View Post
    While we are strolling down Memory Lane, any of you ice cream makers come up with a copycat version of Isaly's Maricopa Ice Cream? It had a beige color from either a swirl of Caramel or Butterscotch and had a salty-sweet flavor.
    I remember Isalys too! Loved that their ice cream was tall ans skinny! I always had rainbow sherbet...so I don't recall the one you want. That is another good memory for me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    http://www.food.com/recipe/a-p-spanish-bar-cake-423972

    Check this one out. It says it's from the Pittsburg Tribune. If so, it may be close to what you are looking for.
    That even says A&P Spice Bar Cake....I am going to make that tomorrow!

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    Yes, they were called Skyscrapers and they were only a dime, that was a lot of ice cream, the scoop was shaped like a trowel instead of round. Klondikes were also from Isaly's. That was some good creamy ice cream. Sorry for diverging from Spanish Bar Cake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcurious View Post
    Yes, they were called Skyscrapers and they were only a dime, that was a lot of ice cream, the scoop was shaped like a trowel instead of round. Klondikes were also from Isaly's. That was some good creamy ice cream. Sorry for diverging from Spanish Bar Cake.
    Did you grow up in PA? Not sure where all Islaly's was located.

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    Yes, McKeesport, PA, 30 miles from Pittsburgh, our Isaly's was in White Oak across the Blvd from McKeesport.
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    A&P Markets - had forgotten about them. There was one in Westwood, Calif. just down from my dad's business and I remember it was big enough for just about anything you needed - but small enough to care and be a "local" neighborhood-style market atmosphere. Aren't memories fun? My hubby and I both like just about any style of spice cake. :-)

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    Our local grocery store, Acme, still makes the spanish bar cake, yum. I remember my parents buying it at the local A&P. Does anyone remember the vanilla flavoring that A&P sold? Mom swore by the stuff with her baking.

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    my Dad was a store manager for the A&P and i LOVE spanish bar cake as well as a pineapple kuchen that was also made under the Jane Parker label ....lots of good memories

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    It was called a Spanish ar Cake. My Mom has a recipe that is really close. ALSO, there is a grocery store that still sells something almost exactly like it. Shop and Save is the grocery store.

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    I remember that cake. It had little ridges in the frosting. Spice cake is still one of my favorites, but I use a 7 minute type frosting made with brown sugar. Yum!

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    I remember these Spanish Bar Cakes from when I was a kid. A&P sold them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Yes I do and so do a lot of people on QB. Look under the title .....Looking for Spanish Bar Cake and you will find several recipes that are similar.

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    Have you ever tried peanutbutter frosting on a spice cake? Wonderful!!!!!!

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    Oooohhhh...I remember those spice cake bars...yummy! AND I grew up drinking Isaly's milk and I loved the treat of getting a skyscraper ice cream cone! When I was 9 I would walk to a store to spend my allowance on one. I grew up in the suburbs of Youngstown, OH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcurious View Post
    Yes, McKeesport, PA, 30 miles from Pittsburgh, our Isaly's was in White Oak across the Blvd from McKeesport.
    I lived in CA for 10 years, San Diego, then El Cajon, CA. I've been to Ocean City.
    I remember the Isaly's in Oakland..I think the Blvd of the Allies or Craft Ave. not too far from the PGH Playhouse. I was young and my grandfather took me there for the sherbert skyscraper. Such memories...and sad day when they closed. I moved from PA in 1979...but still have memories of the local favorites that can't be found anywhere else...tried to explain 'Jumbo' to my husband...He didn't get it.
    And the spice cake...I forgot all about that!

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    Yes, we had two Isaly's, one in White Oak and one downtown McKeesport. I'm sure your husband thought 'Jumbo' was elephant meat! How about a gumband? I agree those childhood memories sure make you wistful, don't know why Isaly's went out of business, they had the best ice cream, sherbert and chipped ham.

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