This is absolutely delicious. I love it plain, but you can dust it with powdered sugar before serving (if you dust it before that, this moist cake will absorb the sugar after a while). Or drizzle with a simple lemon juice/powdered sugar icing (see gingerbread cookies recipe below for detailed instructions). By the way, studies show apples are good for asthma sufferers!
Preheat oven to 325, grease and flour an 8x8 inch baking pan.
Bring to a boil in a medium saucepan:
* 1 cup applesauce
Remove from heat and stir in:
* 1/2 cup molasses
* 1 tsp. baking soda
The mixture will foam and bubble when stirred. Set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, sift together and set aside:
* 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
* 1 tsp. ground ginger
* 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
* 1/4 tsp. salt
Whisk until frothy in the bowl of a mixer:
* egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
Add and beat on medium for 3 to 4 minutes until very smooth:
* 2/3 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
Gradually beat in
* 1/3 c. canola oil
Fold in the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the applesuce mixture in two parts. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto the rack, right side up, to cool fully.