Mmmmm... What a scrumptious spice cake! Just the way we love spice cakes: subtle. The spices do not knock you over the head with this cake. I used 1 stick of butter in place of the margarine and shortening, and I added 1/2 t. salt to the batter. Also I mixed this together using a more conventional method (i.e., creamed butter and sugar until light and fluffy; added eggs and vanilla, then dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk, and mixing in the applesauce last.) I used unsweetened applesauce. I don't think this cake even needs frosting -- it's perfectly moist and irresistible straight from the oven. Love this!! Thanks!