This easy spice cake is perfectly moist and bursting with flavor! Perfect for holidays and special occasions, and so easy to make from ingredients simple ingredients you might already have on hand.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly oil a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, stir together the applesauce, milk, oil, molasses, and vanilla.
Use a spoon to form a well in the flour mixture, then pour in the applesauce mixture.
Stir the ingredients together just until fully combined and there are no lumps.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and smooth out the top with a spoon.
Place the baking pan into the oven and bake the cake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove the pan from the oven, transfer it to a cooling rack, and allow the cake to cool completely.
Optionally, top with frosting or powdered sugar. Serve.