IMPORTANT: Make sure all your ingredients are at room temp (see notes at the bottom of the recipe)
Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C)
Peel the apples and core them using an apple corer or a knife.
Cut the apples into 1/4 inch pieces and place into a bowl.
Squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the apples to prevent browning. Set aside
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
Add butter to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and cream until smooth.
Add sugar and oil to the butter and cream on medium until the mixture is white and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
While mixing on medium, add in dry ingredients in thirds and mix until combined
Fold in applesauce and chopped apples until combined
Grease three, 8 inch pans with cake goop or another type of pan release.
Bake layers at 350 for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Layers will be thin.
Let cake rest in the pan until it's cool enough to touch, then flip out onto a wire rack.
Make sure to cool completely before stacking. (Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge or freezer to speed up the cooling process.)