We love our sweet treats around here and those that are quick and easy to make are my favorite. Upside down or dump cakes are some of my favorites to make. I will even use a store bought mix of GMO goodness to make these cakes just to make them easier yet. However, you can make your own spice cake mix and simply omit all the liquids if you prefer. One thing I really like about these cakes is they are great for in the woods gatherings and cook very well in dutch ovens or baked conventionally.
For this cake you can either used canned apples (not pie filling) or fresh apples (with a bit of lemon and 1/2 cup simple syrup added). If using canned apples use two cans including liquid. If using fresh apples I use 6 cups of apple slices. Dump into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Add any other fruits you want, cranberries and raisins go well. Pour one box of spice cake mix evenly over apples. Melt 3/4 cup of butter and drizzle over the cake mix. Top with either chopped pecans or walnuts and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm or cold with either whip cream or ice cream.