I remember my mother making this cake all the time and now I make it as cake bars for my kids. It uses my favourite spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. They also taste great with some lemon-cream cheese icing spread on top.
I didn't have all the ingredients so subbed sultanas and had to sub a little honey for some of the sugar. Didn't have cloves so added mixed spice. I generally added more spices, mixed nuts and seeds ground up a bit and some almond and vanilla essence. Was lovely, thank you for a great recipe. - 13 Nov 2016
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 - 27 Aug 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
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! - 08 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)