Old recipe from Tilden Ne. Seems to be a spice cake. I think I would add another teaspoon baking powder, but I am writing it as written. Mia from Germany has a similar recipe so this is probably German in origin.
These are from Sally Grosserode. Very old recipe. They have coconut and nuts too. I have made this recipe. It is wicked good. The batter is loose when you put it over the pressed mixture. It is very rich, almost candy bar like. Try this recipe; you will like it.