1 2/3 cups unbleached white flour
3/4 to 1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. An 8x8-inch pan is your “mixing bowl.” Measure flour, brown sugar, baking soda, allspice, and salt into pan. Stir with a fork. Mash any lumps of brown sugar. Add applesauce, water, oil, and vinegar. Stir with a fork just until combined. Use a rubber spatula to get into the corners.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until wooden tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool. Shake a strainer with a spoonful of powdered sugar over cake. No need to frost. Serves 9.