In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and set aside
Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and coffee or vanilla extract.
Mix in the applesauce and molasses.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly until just incorporated.
Add into loaf pan and level.
Bake for about 55 minutes, or until it is risen and a toothpick comes out clean. Check it early to make sure you don't overbake.
Let cool completely on a rack before frosting.