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

Spanish Bar Cake


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 13×9 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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