Because it was Mother’s Day, I decided to bake this beautiful apple-rose cake.
The cake has, as well as the apple roses, a delicious base with hazelnuts and spiced speculoos shortbread, and a fresh lemon filling.

Do you think it looks difficult? It’s absolutely not!

Think about it: if I can do it, so can you!


For the base

  • 150 g roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • 150 g speculoos or other shortbread biscuits
  • 90 g melted butter
  • 2 tsp Zùsto
  • 1 egg white
  • A pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 4 lemons (zest and juice)
  • 4 tbsp Zústo
  • 3 eggs
  • 80 g butter
  • A pinch of salt

For the topping

  • 6 red apples
  • 1 tsp grated coconut
  • A little bit of honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Finely grind the hazelnuts and the speculoos (or other shortbread biscuits) in the blender. (Yes, you know I love my K400 from Kitchenaid!)
  3. Melt the butter in a steel pan. Combine it with the nut-speculoos-shortbread mixture and the egg white and the salt.
  4. Lightly grease a cake tin. Using the back of a spoon, spread and firmly press your mixture into your cake tin.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven.
  6. Grate the lemon peel to get zest, then juice the lemons.
  7. Put the zest (but not the juice) and the Zústo in a blender and mix it until fine.
  8. Now blend the butter into the Zústo/lemon mixture.
  9. Add the eggs, one by one, then the lemon juice and the salt.
  10. Mix it well, then pour the mixture into a steel pan.
  11. Heat until it begins to thicken.
  12. Pour the mixture on top of your base, in your cake tin.
  13. Use a mandoline to cut fine slices of apple.
  14. Put them in a bowl of water with the juice from half a lemon.
  15. Microwave for 2 minutes; the slices will become soft and flexible.
  16. Roll them up into rose shapes between your fingers and put them directly on the lemon filling.
  17. Spread a little grated coconut around.
  18. And… that’s it. Beautiful and delicious!

Are you looking for more inspiration?

Take a look at the other recipes with Zùsto!



Hi, I’m Bart from Roeckiesworld, a food and travel blog. I’m a school principal, hobby baker, husband and father of three.

As a hobby baker, I’m extremely enthusiastic about what is—for me—a new product. I think Zùsto’s definitely a good alternative to regular sugar—and I didn’t even need to adjust my recipes. Awesome.

Yes, Zùsto definitely has a place in my kitchen!


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