March Baking Challenge

March baking challenge on
As we conclude the winter season in the next few weeks, I have FRESH flavors, flowers, and springtime colors on my mind. The change of seasons has been my inspiration in the kitchen lately and our March Baking Challenge reflects it all.

Before we get to our next challenge recipe, let’s recap what the baking challenge is.


  • 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.


February’s Baking Challenge recipe: Chocolate Cake Pops

A little intensive, but fun. Kids love them, they’re party ready, great for sharing, perfect for Valentine’s Day, 100% from scratch. I’m thrilled with the participation in February! Take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group.


While brainstorming the challenge recipe for March, I decided to throw it out there to the SBA community. I asked Facebook followers if they thought a naked style cake is challenging and interesting enough. Do you want to learn more about this style? Do you find it challenging? The response was overwhelming! And it made my decision simple: there’s a want and a need for rustic style naked cakes.

So let’s do it. Naked cakes in March!


Thank you so much for participating in my monthly baking challenges. Everyone who participates in this challenge and shares the photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook group, on Twitteremails it to me , or your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. (You can also message me your photo on Instagram if your account is private.) My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month!

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on April 1st, 2018 (Easter Sunday) so if you are making the naked cake for Easter, make sure you upload/send a photo! A winner will be selected at random and posted on my blog on April 2nd, 2018. 🙂

Giveaway winner for February is Lacey and she has been notified.

Check back tomorrow for the naked cake recipe, step-by-step pictures, a video, and the alternate March recipe.

Naked cake on



  1. Darryl Smith on February 28, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Yay! I made the photo montage! I think everyone deserves a pat on the back for finding different ways to photograph those little suckers too. Even that was a bit of a challenge. 😉

  2. Jennifer O'Connor on February 28, 2018 at 12:47 am

    I’m so excited about this challenge because I’ve never made a cake before AND I vowed to make myself one for my birthday in march! Coincidence? I think not!

  3. Patricia @Sweet and Strong on February 28, 2018 at 7:16 am

    One of my goals every year is to make more cakes, and so far I’ve made zero, lol.  So excited to see this month’s challenge tomorrow. 

  4. Lori on February 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    The cake pops were so delicious! And the chocolate cake used to make them has become our go to cake recipe. It was so good on its own!

  5. Wizzardwithawhisk on February 28, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Thank you Sally!  That was the first time I ever made cake pops!  Everyone loved them! I am so glad I found this group!

    • Sally on February 28, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Thank you so much for participating!

  6. Catherine Smith on February 28, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I am so so excited for the March fchallenge!!! I’ve always wondered – do naked cakes tend to dry out because they are exposed and not surrounded by buttercream?

    • Kelly on March 1, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      I do a “milk wash” on cakes before frosting them. It makes any cake moist. I’d think the same is true with a naked cake 🙂 

    • Sally on March 2, 2018 at 6:30 am

      Hi Catherine! See my tip in the recipe post about this. 🙂

  7. Jenn on February 28, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Oh I need a tutorial!! I’m making three cakes for my SIL’s wedding on the 24th. I’m a pretty good baker, not so good with the gorgeousness. She’s asked for 3 naked cakes, so I need more info and I’m so excited to get it from you!!

  8. Trisha O on February 28, 2018 at 9:21 am

    This was my first time making cake pops. It was so much fun. I love your baking challenges. Always inspires me to try new things.  Thank you Sally!

  9. Cate on February 28, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Hi Sally! I am so excited for your baking challenge. As a new baking blogger I am looking for all sorts of yummy treats to create while I blog about it! I can not wait to participate in making a naked cake!

    • Sally on February 28, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Cate, I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  10. Cyndi Fontes on February 28, 2018 at 9:35 am

    This was my first time making cake pops. I never really gave them much thought because the recipes I saw were all made with cake mix and canned frosting. This challenge was so much fun even if it was a bit tedious. They actually tasted SO good too. I gave them to a local charity that was making Valentine’s baskets for women going through Breast Cancer treatment which made it even more special. I also gave some to my niece and nephew for Valentine’s Day and they thought the were “awesome”. 🙂

    • Nicole on February 28, 2018 at 10:23 am

      I love that you found a way to do something so great with your cake pops! What a great idea to share in case others have a desire to bake, but not the people to feed.

      • Cyndi Fontes on February 28, 2018 at 1:06 pm

        Thanks Nicole! My kids are grown and out of the house and I certainly can’t eat all these baked goodies myself. I love to give them to family and friends and great causes as well. 🙂

    • Sally on February 28, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      This makes me so happy to read, Cyndi. 🙂

  11. Laura O. on February 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

    So excited for the March Baking Challenge! And my family loves the baking challenges because they always benefit from the experiment 😉

  12. Tiffany Enochs on February 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    How exciting I am super new to this baking addiction and what a fun way to try new things. I can’t wait to make this ❤

  13. Abbie on February 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I’m so happy this is the challenge this month, Sally! They are delicious with a light and fluffy frosting, such as mascarpone or SMBC (my two faves.) I was going to make a naked cake in February but had to postpone for various reasons–not anymore. 🙂 Naked cake #2 here I come…..

  14. Jennifer on February 28, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Yay, so glad this is the challenge for this month! March is our wedding anniversary month and I was wondering what kind of dessert we should do and this would be perfect!

  15. Forever Day One on February 28, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Looking forward to trying out this baking challenge!

  16. Paige Flamm on February 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Your cake recipes are always my favorite! I can tell this is going to be a winner already!


  17. Mary Penn on February 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Sally, Thank you so much for your amazing recipes! I’m so excited for the March challenge. My daughter in love’s birthday is in March and I would love to make this for her birthday. I love making your recipes. They are so detailed and I love your photos. I love baking and sharing my baked goods with my family and friends. My children (grown and married) look forward to your challenges…I do too:)! Thank you again!!!

    • Sally on March 1, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Mary, thank you so much for participating in the challenges!! I’m glad you and your fam enjoy them.



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