In a large bowl sift dry ingredients together. In another bowl mix the brown sugar, corn oil, water, maple syrup, applesauce, cider vinegar and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix for 2 minutes.
Bake in floured and oiled 10-inch cake pan at 350 degrees (275 convection) for 30 to 40 minutes.
Cool and frost with Non-dairy German Chocolate Frosting