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Spanish Bar Cake

One 9"x13" cake
Prep info
1 hr to plump raisins & 20 min prep + 35 min bake + 3 hrs cool completely
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
4 hours, 35 minutes
Time required
4 hours, 35 minutes
Oven preheat
Desserts - Misc


  • 1.5 c raisins
  • 2 c Flour (Plain)
  • 1.5 c Sugar (Granulated)
  • 1/2 T baking soda
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1 t allspice
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 2 c apple sauce
  • 2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 in. baking pan with cooking spray (or butter and flour). Plump the raisins in warm water (I do this in a measuring cup that I’ll use for wet ingredients later — one less dish to clean).

In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together. Add oil, applesauce, and eggs. Mix well. Add in raisins and stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan, rapping 3-4 times on a counter to release trapped air bubbles. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Let cake cool completely before frosting.

Frost completely cool cake with buttercream. Use a fork to rake grooves into the frosting to resemble A&P’s cake presentation.


SJ Note: The source was looking for a copycat recipe for a cake made by A&P Grocery Stores.

SJ Note 1 May 2010: This is good!  We only had 1 cup of raisins, which worked out fine; I also didn't fully let them plump up, I'll have to work the timing better next time.  I made some spiced unsweetened apple sauce with Granny Smiths for this, took nearly all the sauce of 6 apples to get the 2 cups.  Quite tasty, a definite keeper!