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    I don't know if any of you remember, but way back, when I was young, the A&P carried a wonderful Spanish Bar Cake that they made in their bakeries. It was delicious!!!!!!!!!! Well, here is a recipe to make it ( or something very similiar). Let me know if you remember, or if you are familiar with this recipe.
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    SPANISH BAR CAKE
    For the bars:
    1 package (18.25) plain spice cake mix
    1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
    3/4 teas ground cinnamon
    1/2 teas ground nutmeg
    1/4 teas ground cloves
    2 cups unsweetened applesauce
    2/3 cup vegetable oil
    4 large eggs
    3/4 cup raisins
    1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

    For the frosting
    4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 tablespoon milk
    2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    1 teas pure vanilla extract
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

    To make the bars:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place race in the center of the oven. Line with parchment paper a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan and set aside.
    2. Place the cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, applesauce, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low until the ingredients are incorporated, 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides with rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until batter is smooth, about 1 minute longer. Fold the raisins and 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, if using. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan, smoothing the top with the rubber spatula.
    3. Place pan in over and bake the bars until edges have set and the center is still a little soft. 25-30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 35 minutes.

    To makes the frosting:
    1. Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, 1 minute.
    2. Stop the machine, add mix, sugar and vanilla. Continue beating on low until the ingredients come together. Increase the mixer speed to medium low and beat until the frosting is creamy and light, 30 seconds longer.
    3. Spread the frosting evenly on top of the cooled cake. Run the tines of a fork through the icing to make squiggles. Let the frosting set for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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    I remember those!!! I loved them. But I bought them wrapped on the shelf like Hostess Cupcakes etc. not in the deli. Thanks so much for the recipe. I hope it tastes exactly the same (well, without all the preservatives maybe it'll taste even better).

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    Remember those cakes. Can't wait to try your recipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joivey
    I don't know if any of you remember, but way back, when I was young, the A&P carried a wonderful Spanish Bar Cake that they made in their bakeries. It was delicious!!!!!!!!!! Well, here is a recipe to make it ( or something very similiar). Let me know if you remember, or if you are familiar with this recipe.
    Jo Ann


    SPANISH BAR CAKE
    For the bars:
    1 package (18.25) plain spice cake mix
    1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
    3/4 teas ground cinnamon
    1/2 teas ground nutmeg
    1/4 teas ground cloves
    2 cups unsweetened applesauce
    2/3 cup vegetable oil
    4 large eggs
    3/4 cup raisins
    1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

    For the frosting
    4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 tablespoon milk
    2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    1 teas pure vanilla extract
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

    To make the bars:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place race in the center of the oven. Line with parchment paper a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan and set aside.
    2. Place the cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, applesauce, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low until the ingredients are incorporated, 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides with rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until batter is smooth, about 1 minute longer. Fold the raisins and 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, if using. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan, smoothing the top with the rubber spatula.
    3. Place pan in over and bake the bars until edges have set and the center is still a little soft. 25-30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 35 minutes.

    To makes the frosting:
    1. Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, 1 minute.
    2. Stop the machine, add mix, sugar and vanilla. Continue beating on low until the ingredients come together. Increase the mixer speed to medium low and beat until the frosting is creamy and light, 30 seconds longer.
    3. Spread the frosting evenly on top of the cooled cake. Run the tines of a fork through the icing to make squiggles. Let the frosting set for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
    i'm from the east, so i remember this spanish bar , and everytime i go back , i try to find it, and nobody makes it, i will try and print off this recipe, thank-you.

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    Thank for the recipe. My husband will be so happy.

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    thanks for the recipe

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    Thank you so much for the recipe! i loved that cake and it is impossible to find. I may just make it for labor day as a surprise for my dear mom who loved that cake also!

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    I remember those cakes well. Now I will be able to make one, have not tasted one in years.

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    I remember those...they were delicious!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    Hmmm, I remember the A & P, but don't remember the cake. Probably because my mother did all her own baking. But this sounds delicious and I'm in a fall mood, so will give it a try. Wish I had the cake mix in the house since I'll be stuck in tomorrow thanks to Irene! Oh well, another day!

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    I certainly do remember these cakes.They were awesome!! I actually have been hunting these cakes and I have never found them.Thank you so much!!!! When it cools down,I plan to bake this one.

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    yes i remember this my mom would get this for us. love this cake

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    I am from Ohio and I remember this cake. It was one of my favorite store treats. Thanks for the recipe, I will be sure to make it.

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    I remember them too, they were delicious. But you have to like raisins !

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    I remember that cake! A great big THANK YOU for the recipe. I have been trying to make something like it for a long time.

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    can't wait to try this, it's been too ling since I've had this great taste. Thanks and will try today, Joanna

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    I LOVED THEM! and will try this one too...can't wait! :lol:

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    I never had these but they sound good. We love spice cake so I will have to make some. Thanks for the recipe.

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    I have been looking for this recipe for years! Spanish Bar Cake is my absolute favorite cake and that of my deceased father who used to stop by the A&P bakery store and get them. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    thanks first for the wonderful memory and now for the great recipe oh gosh how great thanks...........

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    Wow my sister and I were just talking about that bar cake recently. I have not found anything on the market that is the same and always wondered why someone did not come out with it again. Thanks for the receipe. I will be sending it to my sister and trying it myself very soon.

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    That was my fathers favorite cake we had an A&P at the bottom of our street. Thanks for the recipe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragqueen03
    Thank you so much for the recipe! i loved that cake and it is impossible to find. I may just make it for labor day as a surprise for my dear mom who loved that cake also!
    i told mom about this last night and she was so excited. She said she had a recipe for it but doesn't know where it is. First question was why didn't i write it down for her! lol Definitely going to make this for labor day. Mom doesn't do as much baking as she used to - Dad used to make the best chocolate chip cookies you ever want to taste but sadly he has not been able to (dementia/alzheimers) Miss those cookies! None of us have been able to make them like he did - he put a special ingredient in them - Love! Of course after he made a batch he would divide them up and mom and him would go on cookie runs. Everyone got their own bag of cookies! Didn't mean to go on like that but it hasn't been a good weekend with Dad and i guess I needed to let a memory out!

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    I sure do remember the A & P and the Spanish Bar Cake.

    Where I live in Canada, our A & P stores are now called Metro. I can remember buying the SBC when they were still A&P...possibly 5-7yrs ago? (don't quote me on time frame...lol)

    Thank you so much for the recipe. That is one cake dh loves!

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    I remember, but ours in NJ were baked by Jane Parker and wrapped in celophane and sold along with the bread. We didn't have bakeries in the A&Ps. I LOVED that cake and have been looking for recipe. The icing was sort of marshmallowy as I remember. Thanks for the recipe

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