Recipe for A & P Spanish Bar Cake


does anyone have a recipe for A & P Spanish Bar Cake? My family remembers this Philadelphia tradition from the 1960s, maybe earlier. It was a very dark, spice cake, loaf shaped, with white icing. there may have been raisins in it too. I'd love to make it for them. if you have a source for a recipe, please share! thank you! -- Cindy

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reply by: sandra Alicante on August 25, 2011 at 6:59 am
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Have a look at that and see what you think. Oddly enough, I read your post and thought ' I have a spanish cookbook and I'm sure it has a photo of that on the front'. I looked and I have, it does. However when I looked inside, the recipe is nowhere to be found! As I said, odd.

reply by: swirth on August 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Born in 1949, I recall this cake so well from the old A & P stores. We used to shop at one in Princeton, IN after we'd hauled off livestock to Evansville, IN...still recall lots of things we bought there...purple plums for my dad and pineapple preserves were in such a HUGE glas jar and so good.

I Googled just now on 'copycat A & P spice bar cake with icing' (omit quotes) and there are a lot of hits you might like to read thru. For certain, that old cake was a dear favorite of many.

We used to talk about this on the oldBakingCircle and folks enjoyed it so much years ago!

Another company made small versions like a snack cake size in more recent years and they were such a treat but I cannot recall seeing them in the stores much around here lately. There was also a carrot cake almost like the spice cake that was very good, as well.

Hope this will assist you in finding a recipe or two to try.

reply by: swirth on August 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

I couldn't leave this alone and went to this lovely blog and by golly, I think this one is awfully close...even great pics in a series and the cake color is so much like the original!! And a great little old timer's story of his memories of it.

Best of luck to you!

reply by: laurierita on August 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

Believe it or not there is still an A&P in Sarnia, Ontario (just across the border from Port Huron, Michigan)...I almost drove off the road when I saw it!!! I grew up going with my mom every Friday night to grocery shop at an A&P in Upstate NY.

They still have the Spanish Bar cake available....and it tastes the same.

I didn't check but I also remember on Mother's day they would have a white layered coconut cake with a red rose on top with a gold foil leaf! Loved it...will have to check that out next time I'm there.

reply by: swirth on August 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

Lucky, lucky you that you can still shop at an A & P store!

reply by: neild on September 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

how well I remember those A&P, spice cakes.
I looked at Willowbird web site, copied the recipe and made the cake yesterday. I don't think I ever made a cake more moist than this one.I goofed up a little on the icing, but the cake is great. Thanks Swirth for the web site, neild

reply by: swirth on September 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Oh, tneil, I'm so glad you liked this recipe! That blog pic of the cake just looked so much like those little spice cakes in the wrappers from A & P...I could almost smell it!

Maybe you can make it again to practice on the icing, LOL!

reply by: neild on September 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I don't know why I made such a mistake on the icing, I used the recipe that I thought would be the lesser of 2 evils, and then messed it up by using only half of the butter ( marg. ) that it called for. You know I won't make that mistake again.
I will make the cake again it was great.
Thanks Swirth. tneil