August Baking Challenge

Happy happy August! With a new month comes a new Sally’s Baking Challenge. Since it’s the last full month of summer, I have an EASY and FUN recipe for our August Baking Challenge. But before we get there, let’s review what the baking challenge is:

MONTHLY BAKING CHALLENGE

On or around the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos. I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month, then come back and tell me how it went. 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. If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate challenge recipe. Here is where you can find all the recipes that have been baking challenges: Sally’s Baking Challenge page

LOOKING BACK ON JULY

July Baking Challenge recipe: Apple Hand Pies

July 2018 was the highest participation in a baking challenge yet!!!! Thank you so much for joining us this month. From heart-shaped rhubarb hand pies to blueberry lemon, lavender blackberry, and cherry star hand pies, you ROCKED this challenge! Many of you conquered a fear of pie crust and came out of July feeling confident and satisfied, all while having a lot of fun. That’s the goal for the entire baking challenge series!!

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.

Giveaway winner for July is Joy and she has been notified. 🙂

AUGUST BAKING CHALLENGE

August 2018 Baking Challenge is Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake (recipe coming tomorrow)

I went back and forth between chocolate chip cookie layer cake and crème brûlée as the August Baking Challenge, so I created a poll in my Facebook group and chocolate chip cookie layer cake won by a landslide. There were plenty of votes for crème brûlée too, so I published the recipe last week. Crème brûlée will be the ALTERNATE August Baking Challenge recipe. But back to the chocolate chip cookie layer cake! I know many readers are on vacation in August, so I wanted a simple, fun, and carefree recipe for this month’s challenge. Something both kids and adults will enjoy not only preparing, but eating as well. August 4th is also National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day so this was a natural fit. 🙂

5 layers of chocolate chip cookies cake! Chocolate chip cookie layer cake with chocolate frosting recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

GIVEAWAY

Everyone who participates in the August Baking Challenge and shares their photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook groupemails it to me, or on your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on August 31st 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the September Baking Challenge blog post on September 1st.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Check my blog tomorrow for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake recipe and alternate August baking challenge recipe!

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  1. Willa on August 1, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Yay Sally !!! Can’t wait to make this months challenge….lover of chocolate chip cookies and layer cake ..so win win! An extra thank you for posting the creme brûlée recipe and video. I’ll definitely make that one also. I’ve been so busy with daughter’s wedding and recovering from it. Lol that I’ve missed the last 3 challenges.

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      So happy to have you back for this month’s challenge!!!

  2. Amy on August 1, 2018 at 8:46 am

    The cake looks lovely! I have been asked by my expat friends to make “one of those tall American cakes” that they have seen. They are not huge fan of American buttercream so this looks perfect! Can’t wait to see the recipe!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 10:24 am

      This will be totally perfect!! Can’t wait to share the recipe with you tomorrow 🙂

  3. Ronda on August 1, 2018 at 8:52 am

    my niece is so excited to bake with me on vacation next week and this will be perfect!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Oh how fun! The perfect vacation treat! Love that you two bake together 🙂

  4. Hannah Lewis on August 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    OMG I might just make this for my daughters birthday this weekend! So perfect! The creme brulee will definitely be made for myself 😉

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Yay!! Such a fun and festive birthday dessert!

  5. Ashley on August 1, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Ah yes! I wanted to do this for my wedding!!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

      That would be amazing!

  6. Kristine Volmar on August 1, 2018 at 10:04 am

    MMMMmmm Chocolate chips! Looking forward to this month’s challenge. And I love your fork! So cute!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much Kristine! The fork is from a really cute etsy shop 🙂

  7. Sam on August 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

    OMG! This looks amazing!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Thank you Sam!

  8. Tracey Benning on August 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I will definitely be making this. I know this will have eggs but can’t I sub apple sauce for them? Thanks

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Tracey! The August Baking Challenge recipe I’m publishing tomorrow has 2 eggs. You can definitely try an applesauce substitution!

      • Tracey Benning on August 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        Thanks Sally



  9. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite on August 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

    My mom loves chocolate chips cookies and anything chocolate…and her birthday is coming up soon so I cannot wait to make this for her!! Seriously perfect timing…can’t wait for the full recipe tomorrow! 🙂

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      The perfect birthday cake! Hope your mom loves it!

  10. Debbie W. on August 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I love the idea of an easy and fun recipe for the August Challenge! My all-grown-up son is coming home for a visit in two weeks, and he is crazy about chocolate chip ANYTHING. This will be an extra-special dessert in honor of his visit. I can’t wait to try it!!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      So sweet!! Hope he loves it!

  11. Molly on August 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary on August 4th and I think this is just about the perfect treat. I can’t wait to surprise him with this!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      So sweet 🙂 Congratulations!!

  12. Colton on August 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I love cake, and I love chocolate chip cookies, so I’m excited to try this as my first challenge!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      So happy you will be joining us!!

  13. Carolee Herechski on August 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I know what my baking partner (my granddaughter) and I are baking on Saturday!! Yummy!!

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      How sweet! You will have so much fun making this 🙂

  14. Diana on August 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Oh, yum! 🙂 BTW, I just got a copy of your “Cookie Addiction” book. (I already had “Sally’s Baking Addiction.”) WOW! It is amazing, Sally! Really great job on the layout, details and visuals (I really, really appreciate having photos of each recipe. ) I especially loved the way you grouped everything ~ the categories were PERFECT! Am so going to enjoy using your cookie book! Thanks.

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Diana!!

  15. Carmen on August 1, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I cannot wait to make this!! I haven’t baked in a while cuz I just had my third a week ago, but this has my name all over it!

  16. Karen on August 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    My son is moving to France in 12 days so I think I will do the alternate August baking challenge of crème brûlée for him before he leaves! I’ve always wanted to try making it and this is the perfect excuse. Plus, now I get to purchase a kitchen torch Win win! Thanks for the inspiration

  17. Laura Wenzel on August 1, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Wasn’t able to get July’s challenge done 🙁
    Between fair and family illnesses. Looking forward to doing the alternate! Always wanted to try creme brulee. Sure Victoria will probably do the cake lol
    Thanx for the great challenges!

  18. Staci on August 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I’m literally eating one of your chocolate chip cookies that my 15 year old just made for us (she is also a big fan of yours) as I’m reading this thinking these cookies are the bomb. I can’t wait to make the cake version!!!

  19. Letitia Stanbery on August 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Oh this sounds delicious! I may have to try my hand at this one.

  20. Deb T on August 1, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I have a niece in Colorado (+5k feet) I think this would be an excellent cake for her to try! She has two twin brothers and two more sisters that would just love this! Will it be available for conversions to bake there?

  21. Willa on August 4, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Hi Sally I just ordered the 6 inch cake pans from Amazon…so excited to try this 5 tier beauty! for the frosting what do you think of substituting Nutella for the peanut butter?

    • Sally on August 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

      YUM!!! I think that sounds fantastic. Please let me know how you like it! You’re going to love the cake pans– they’re my new favorite.

  22. Willa on August 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Sally
    I do love the cake pans and the Chocolate Nutella buttercream was delish with the chocolate chip cookie. When DH saw my layer cake he said “Wow cookie tower” This was a fun and easy challenge Thank you… I will try the Crème Brûlée as that is a favorite of mine…Thanks again for all you do!

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  1. Tracey Benning on August 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I will definitely be making this. I know this will have eggs but can’t I sub apple sauce for them? Thanks

    • Sally on August 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Tracey! The August Baking Challenge recipe I’m publishing tomorrow has 2 eggs. You can definitely try an applesauce substitution!

      • Tracey Benning on August 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        Thanks Sally



  2. Deb T on August 1, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I have a niece in Colorado (+5k feet) I think this would be an excellent cake for her to try! She has two twin brothers and two more sisters that would just love this! Will it be available for conversions to bake there?

  3. Willa on August 4, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Hi Sally I just ordered the 6 inch cake pans from Amazon…so excited to try this 5 tier beauty! for the frosting what do you think of substituting Nutella for the peanut butter?

    • Sally on August 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

      YUM!!! I think that sounds fantastic. Please let me know how you like it! You’re going to love the cake pans– they’re my new favorite.

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