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I tried many online recipes and none really came close to the spiciness of the original A&P variety. After some tweaking and combining of recipes, I think this is the closest thing to it in terms of flavour and texture.

2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoons ginger
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup applesauce
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups raisins, soaked in warm water until plump and drained
3/4 cup walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare a 9 x 13 in. baking pan with butter and flour. Plump the raisins in warm water.

In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together. Add oil, applesauce, sour cream, and eggs. Mix well. Add in raisins and walnuts and stir to combine.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cake cool completely before frosting.

Top with buttercream (more authentic) or cream cheese frosting.

Submitted by: Tamari
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