Make apple cake from cake mix by preparing the cake mix according to the packet instructions and adding apple pieces to the mixture. Apple cake recipes that use cake mix as an ingredient are available on BettyCrocker.com and PillsburyBaking.com.
Make a spiced apple cake according to the recipe on BettyCrocker.com by peeling and dicing 3 large apples. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a 13 x 9-inch pan at 350 F. Add an even distribution of 2/3 cup of light brown sugar and 1 cup of chopped toasted walnuts before layering the apples on top. Prepare 1 box of spice cake mix according to the package directions with water, oil and eggs. Transfer this batter into the pan, and bake it in the oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the batter is cooked through. Allow the cake to cool briefly before gently tipping it out and serving it warm.
Make caramel apple cakes according to the recipe on PillsburyBaking.com by peeling and slicing 2 large Granny Smith apples. Melt 1/2 cup of butter and divide it amongst two 9-inch round pans. Scatter 3/4 cup of light brown sugar into each pan and arrange apples on top. Prepare 1 package of caramel-apple-flavored cake mix with water, oil and eggs according to the package instructions. Divide the batter into the pans and bake them at 350 F for approximately 35 minutes or until the batter is cooked through. Invert the cakes, and allow them to cool for 30 minutes before serving.