Preheat oven to 375* F. Prepare 3 6" cake pans, 2 8" cake pans or line a cupcake tin with 12 liners. For the cake pans, either grease and flour them or grease them and place a parchment circle in the bottom of the pan.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, plant milk, molasses and vanilla with a whisk.
Into the bowl with the wet ingredients, add the spices and salt and whisk well to combine.
Fit a fine mesh sifter on top of the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Be sure that the bottom of the sifter doesn't touch the wet ingredients.
Into the sifter, add the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Sift into the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.
Divide cake batter evenly between the 3 prepared cake and using an offset spatula, spread the batter out evenly. For the cupcakes, fill each tin ⅔ of the way with batter.
Bake in a 375* oven for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake layer comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before decorating as desired.