August Baking Challenge + Giveaway!

Thank you so much for entering this giveaway and supporting Sally’s Baking Addiction. Winner is: Sheila who loves vanilla/butter cake 🙂 and she has been notified via email.

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Where did July go? No seriously. WHERE?

Back to school commercials and sales are flooding our lives every direction we turn. We can’t escape it: Fall is right around the corner. Normally I’d be super resistant, but let’s face it… this September will be pretty rad for TWO reasons. And that doesn’t even include Fall baking, which I *always* look forward to!

Anyway, let’s focus on our one last hurrah! The month of August is summer at its finest. The heat index sky-rockets (are my eyebrows sweating? yes.) and summer’s finest fruits are at their peak. Peach cornmeal cake! Peach cornmeal cake! We have one last full month of summer to really soak it all up! To celebrate, let’s make a seriously magical cake. I love the aqua color!

First, let’s recap what the baking challenge is.

What is the Baking Challenge?

  • On the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, share your photos throughout the month using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page. I want you all involved!
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.

Let’s Recap July

Recipe: Homemade Cherry Pie

July was all about PIE. Completely from-scratch and homemade cherry pie. Taking zero shortcuts because that’s how pie is meant to taste. Real ingredients and fresh fruits that you can taste and appreciate. I made it for you on Facebook LIVE so you could really feel inspired (and confident!) to make it at home. And I am absolutely delighted to see that SO MANY OF YOU participated in July. Conquering your fears of from-scratch pie crust, ditching that canned cherry filling… and having fun in the process. That’s what baking is all about.

This month had the most participants. It honestly warms my heart because you know how much I love pie. It’s like you invite me into your kitchen (um, in a totally NOT CREEPY WAY). You’re all simply incredible. And very very talented! Check out all the photos using #sallysbakingchallenge hashtag on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my new Facebook group! (join us there! so much fun!)

One reader even said the pie crust rivals her tried and true family recipe!

I absolutely love all your creative lattice work and crust detail. I hope you all feel a little less intimidated by pie moving forward. Have you tried the deep dish apple pie yet?

August Baking Challenge

We’re making a big ol’ vanilla cake. Lots of color, lots of frosting, lots of fun. The real trick is in the assembly so that checkerboard design shows, but trust me– it’s a pretty easy task. I’ll publish the recipe on my blog tomorrow where I’ll walk you through the process with plenty of step-by-step pictures and a new video so you feel confident making it in your own kitchen. ALSO!!! I’ll be making it on Facebook and Instagram LIVE Wednesday at 1pm ET. I’m a super visual learner and video tutorials always help me out! Make sure to tune in.


Thank you all so much for participating in my monthly baking challenges. Last month, you all seemed super excited about the giveaway for the cherry pie tools, so I figure we’ll do it all over again! Today I’m giving away all of the tools you’ll need to make August’s checkerboard cake recipe. There’s not many, but you may not have them all. These are the exact baking tools I use in my own kitchen and I swear by them.

How to enter:

Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite kind of cake. Here’s some inspiration if you need help! This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends Monday, August 7th at 12am EST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Check back tomorrow for the checkerboard cake recipe, step-by-step pics, video, and the alternate August recipe. See you soon!



  1. Bernadine Boyer on August 7, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    German chocolate is my all time favorite!  I also love angel food!

  2. MELISSA DOWNIE on August 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Your pineapple carrot cake is one of my favourites! Its so yummy!

  3. Joyce on August 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Carrot cake

  4. Ginna on August 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Definitely German Chocolate!

  5. Kira Moran on August 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I love strawberry shortcake the best. Oh man. But fall is coming so I may have to change that to pumpkin cake. Or peppermint for Christmas. I can’t pick! Thanks Sally!

  6. Annika on August 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I love a lemon cake paired with blueberries or strawberries with a cream cheese frosting.

  7. Courtney Gast on August 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I love a classic lemon cake with lemon frosting!! Just makes me happy and satisfied! ✨ 

  8. Joan Howard on August 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I typically go for everything/anything chocolate, but when it comes to cakes – carrot cake all the way!

  9. Sue Lepard on August 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I love chocolate cake!

  10. Youna on August 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I love your lemon blueberry cake!

  11. Adriana Meraz on August 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Crumb Cake recipe.
    Soooo yummy

  12. Lillian on August 7, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I absolutely love, love, love my dark chocolate flan cake with your salted caramel on top!!!

    Also, carrot cake with pineapple cream cheese frosting.

  13. Ayesha on August 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I love chocolate mud cake…. My all time favorite!!!!

  14. Mark Schellpfeffer on August 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Chocolate mousse cake is the best. 

  15. Serena Felagai on August 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    My favorite cake is my husbands great grandmother’s recipe . Its the Nelson family’s favorite. She made the most delicious STRAWBERRY cake with homemade  strawberry buttercream and she tops it off with chocolate covered strawberries. I was fortunate enough to watch her bake at the age of 89 before her dementia got worse. She passed away 2 years ago but she left behind a book of recipes, now I can make them for her grandkids and greatgrandkids. 

  16. Sofia on August 7, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    My favorite kind of cake is probably either coffee cake or ice cream!

  17. Kelly Tisonik on August 7, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I love Banana cake with cream cheese frosting. My grandma use to make me one every year for my birthday. When I bake one now, it reminds me of her❤️

  18. Carol L on August 7, 2017 at 10:49 pm


  19. Carla on August 7, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Definitely chocolate with peanut butter icing or strawberry swiss meringue buttercream! Oh my now I am drooling! Lol

  20. Jessica on August 7, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Seven layer cake

  21. Rebecca Reddick on August 7, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Snickerdoodle cake.

  22. Amy Roys on August 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I made the Lemon Blueberry cake twice this month. I left out the blueberries for now but made as a trial run for daughter Birthday. Cake was a hit. Left out lemon b/c these were 12 y/o olds who don’t appreciate that tang. I would have posted pictures but no cake was left! Been searching for a homemade fluffy cake recipe and I found it!

  23. Zabrina Chamberlin on August 7, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I think German Chocolate Cake is my favorite right now.

  24. Shannon H on August 7, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    So many yummy cakes! Cannot go wrong with a yummy chocolate cake! I have been craving lemon lately too. 

  25. Jennifer Harris on August 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Olive Garden’s Black Tie Mousse Cake

  26. Jacqueline Spenger on August 8, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I love carrot cakes. Well I love chocolate too. Well…lemon is good, and vanilla, and white chocolate.

  27. Mercedes Martinez on August 8, 2017 at 12:22 am

    My favorite kind of cake is pink champagne! Ice loved it ever since I can remember. It was first introduced to me at the Madonna Inn by my grandparents, and I’ve never forgotten it!

  28. Cindy Toso on August 8, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Lemon cake with a tangy lemon curd filling and lemon cram cheese frosting. I love lemon!!

  29. Navin on August 8, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Mangoes and cream cake made with fresh Pakistani Mangoes! They’re in season for the last few months…

  30. Katie M on August 8, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. I never make it though because I’m the only chocolate lover in my family.



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