A & P Grocery Store Spice Cake

Also known as Spanish Bar Cake

Sift together:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup solid shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chunky applesauce
1 cup plump raisins
Optional 1/2 cup rough cut toasted walnuts

Preheat oven to 350º, and grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.

Cream butter, shortening, add eggs. Blend well, then turn to low speed, add vanilla and applesauce. Add raisins, keep the mixer at low speed and start adding dry ingredients. Don’t over-mix. Just make sure the flour is all in, then stop mixing.

Pour into pan, bake in the middle of oven for 45 minutes until the center tests done.

8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Beat until smooth, and frost cake

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