Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and whisk in the spices
In another bowl, beat together the oil and the sugar for a minute.
Add the egg replace-water mixture to the bowl.
Add the applesauce and mix well.
Now add the flour and whisk together until just mixed. Don't overmix.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured standard loaf pan.
Bake 50-55 minutes in a 350-degree preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a rack for about 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edges, unmold, and continue to cool on a rack. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
The cake, once baked, has a wonderfully rich brown color that sometimes makes some guests wonder whether it has chocolate in it.