A and P Spanish Bar Cake

Your local newspaper is a great place to find tried and true recipes. I collected some of my favorite recipes from the holiday recipe contest section of the local papers from 3 different towns I lived in. Here is one of those recipes. I grew up enjoying this store-bought dessert and this recipe is very close to the original.

A & P Spanish Bar Cake
4 cups water
2 cups raisins
1 cup shortening
4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
2 eggs, beaten

In a saucepan, simmer raisins in water for 10 minutes. Add shortening and allow to cool. Add flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and allspice to cooled raisin mixture and blend. Beat in eggs and mix well. Spread the batter into a greased 9" x 13" pan. Bake in a 375 degree F preheated oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Frost when cool.

1/3 cup shortening
3 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix shortening and sugar together. Add milk and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy. Spread onto cooled cake. Run a fork length wise across icing to give it the store-bought A & P Spanish Bar Cake look.

I found great pictures of this recipe at Willow Bird Baking, along with a totally different recipe of it. The above recipe was even posted in a comment there in 2011. It must be a popular recipe because I found it in the newspaper a few years back.

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