Prepare your cake pans with non stick spray and cut parchment circles for the bottom of the pans. This recipe will either make 14 cupcakes, 3 6" cake layers or 2 8" cake layers.
Preheat oven to 375* F.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, plant milk, molasses, lemon juice, canola oil and vanilla. Whisk well to combine.
Fit a sifter over the bowl with the wet ingredients, being careful not to let the bottom of the sifter touch the liquid.
Into the sifter, first measure the spices and salt, then the flour and then the baking powder and baking soda.
Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk to combine everything.
Finally, fold the apples in until they are evenly distributed.
Portion batter evenly among your cake pans or cupcake tins.
Bake in a 375* F oven for 23-26 minutes for the cupcakes or 6" layers, but a bit longer for the 8" layers.
Test for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake- it should come out clean.
Allow to cool completely before decorating!