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Spanish Bar Cake Recipe

Spanish Bar Cake

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"A chewy bar cake made with raisins. I remember my Mother making this every week for us six children."

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Original recipe makes 1 -9x13 inch cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 13x9 inch cake pan.
  2. Cook raisins and water for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the shortening. Remove from heat and let mixture cool.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, and salt. Add flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture and blend well. Stir in the beaten eggs. Add the chopped nuts (if desired). Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2004

I love this recipe! I used to find a Spanish Bar cake at my local grocer, then, of course, no more. Their's had a frosting, and I knew it had spice in it, so when I make it, I top it with another recipe I found at this sight called Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting, combine the two together, you have one great cake that even cake haters love! (my son Mike love's this cake, he's not a cake eater) lol

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 28, 2006

Not bad but it was way too moist!! must have been all the water, and cooking the raisins is the water for 10 mins was too long, they absorbed alot of water, the cake seemed to get wetter the longer it took to cool! and the raisins just seemed wet rather than being juicy. I will try again using less water and some brown sugar and wheat flour as this is how the A&P one is made. It also needs a frosting, I used butter icing sugar vanilla and milk.


19 Ratings

Dec 08, 2006

i made a half recipe as a birthday cake for my boyfriend, rounded off my spices & baked the cake in a 4"x8" loaf pan for 40 minutes because the spanish bar i grew up with was loaf (bar) shaped. i then trimmed away the bottom & side edges, cut the bar into 2 layers & iced it with the outstanding "allspice cream cheese frosting" from this website. the combination was a knock out! thanks for your recipe janice!

Dec 18, 2003

A great cake -- and easy to make I WAS HAPPY TO FIND THIS OLD RECIPE AGAIN

Jun 02, 2009

I don't like spice cake, but this was an awesome recipe! My mom mentioned how much she loved Spanish Bar Cake, so I made this for her birthday. She said it was very close to the original (A&P) version. Used the Allspice Cream Cheese Icing from this site. Wow! REally added to it. I cut the water for the raisins down to 3 1/2 cups, added extra allspice (didn't have cinnamon), 1 1/2 cups walnuts and used self-rising flour. The result was a deliciously moist cake that I'm planning to take to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Mom also suggested adding a can of apple pie filling to the bottom of the pan before adding the batter over top. Baked for 40-45 minutes.

May 06, 2004

This is wonderful. I made it last night for a Cinco de Mayo dinner, and everyone loved it. I iced it with the Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting here on the site, and it just complimented it perfectly. Tasted like a bakery cake. I followed the recipe, except I did put my raisins through my food processor, just to chop them up a little bit, and then, I thought that was just a bit too much batter for a 9X13 pan, so I used a 10X16 and it worked out just great. If you do use a bigger pan, adjust your time down about 6 minutes or so.

Dec 21, 2009

Excellent recipe!!! Easy to follow, and came out delicious!!!

Oct 27, 2008

I made it just by this receipe and my family loved it. I iced it with cream cheese icing. It is a keeper. The next time I make it I will substitute 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of brown sugar but it was great.


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  • Calories
  • 291 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.1 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 12.5 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 161 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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