April Baking Challenge

removing a slice of lemon tart that has blueberry swirls on top

How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: We publish a new challenge recipe on the 1st of each month. See below for April’s. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.
  2. Bake: Bake the recipe (or alternate recipe) during that month.
  3. Send: Share your recipe photo with us via email: [email protected] before 5pm eastern on the last day of the month. By emailing your recipe photo, you are automatically entered to win the prize for the baking challenge. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. Feel free to share your recipe photo on social media using #sallysbakingchallenge, but the only way to guarantee you are in the running is sending your entry via email.

Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about Sally’s Baking Challenge.

APRIL BAKING CHALLENGE RECIPE

April 2021 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Tart. We’re so excited for you to try this deliciously fruity recipe for springtime! If you don’t have a tart pan, you can use a regular pie dish. See note in the printable recipe.

If you aren’t into this recipe, here is the alternate baking challenge recipe:

  1. any previous challenge recipe you haven’t made yet OR
  2. Cupcake Bouquet. Feel free to use your favorite cupcake flavor(s). Some flavor options are shown in the post. You don’t have to pipe the frosting exactly like the photos, but do your best to make it look like a floral arrangement. Have fun with it and don’t overthink!

END DATE & PRIZE

By emailing your recipe photo to us, you are automatically entered in the baking challenge. 1 winner receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card. The challenge is open to the whole world. Challenge ends on April 30th at 5pm eastern. The winner will be selected at random, emailed their prize, and posted in the May Baking Challenge blog post on May 1st 2021. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about Sally’s Baking Challenge.


Let’s Review the March Baking Challenge

March 2021 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: French Macarons

The March 2021 Sally’s Baking Challenge was our 50th monthly challenge. We chose the most requested challenge recipe for the celebration, French Macarons, and gave participants full creative control over the flavors and colors. You could use our recipe for them or any French macaron recipe you prefer. We were so delighted to see so many entries, especially for one of the most difficult challenge recipes we’ve ever assigned. There were so many incredible flavors, shapes, and colors! Here are some that stood out: cookies & cream, Easter egg shaped, ombré rainbow shells, lemon & lavender, cookie dough buttercream filling, Nutella filling, heart shaped, cereal milk frosting filling, plus sprinkles, painted on designs, edible glitter garnish, and more. (I’m so intrigued and want to try my hand at all of these variations!!)

We hope you are very proud for trying, regardless of how “perfect” your cookies turned out. What matters most is taking that bold step to tackle something new. We gathered as many French macaron emailed photo entries as we could and included them below. Let’s admire all this hard work!

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

collage of homemade French macaron photos

Challenge winners for March are Beth and Courtney and they have been notified. 🙂

homemade French macaron winner image

homemade French macaron winner image

12 Comments

  1. Congratulations Beth and Courtney!

    Due to a health crisis with my mother, I was unable to complete the March challenge. I hope to get to it in April, as well as do the April challenge.

    Everyone’s photos look terrific!

  2. So many fantastic entries! Congratulations to the winners! April challenge looks like my kind of dessert so I might just try that one.

  3. Laurie Chaplen says:

    Congrats, I wasn’t able to participate but the April baking challenge looks like a winner.

  4. Judy DeLuca says:

    Congratulations Beth and Courtney!! Job well done!!

  5. I hope that this is the right recipe and that Sally is not fooling us since yesterday was April Fools Day! Congrats to the March winners!

  6. Larissa Cervantes says:

    I’m a newbie to this blog, so I’m sad to say I just missed the March Macaron challenge. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making them, so I will be checking out your tutorial. Congrats to the March winners!!
    I can’t wait to make April’s challenge recipe. Looks heavenly!!

    1. The good news is that you can always do March’s challenge as a substitute for a different month’s challenge!

  7. Cindy Dutton says:

    April’s challenge is super!!! It even converted some non-blueberry lovers! This is a creamy, light spring desert and brightened the Easter table!! Thank you!’

  8. Gail Mercey says:

    The April challenge was so easy and delicious. I didn’t have a tart pan so used a pie dish. Will definitely get a tart pan the next time I make. Thank you!
    Loved this recipe!!

  9. Cleo Johnson says:

    This was truly easy and that was a good thing, I made the tart for my birthday. Everyone loved it, especially the crust. I did go out and buy a tart pan being it was my birthday for goodness sakes. So glad I did, it was really pretty. For sure I’ll make this again. Super simple and tasty; how can you beat that. Thanks for another challenge; this has been fun.

  10. Wow! All these macarons are so incredible! I especially love the cookie monster ones! Like wow wow wow! Congratulations to the winners! I didn’t even know this baking challenge was a thing OOOO: How did I miss that? I just found out about it today and I have been following this blog for a while now! I really want to join in too! This seems like such a fun thing to do, especially to challenge my own baking skills and learn and grow as a baker (since I am still pretty young and still just starting out!) I hope it’s not too late to join in! Good luck to everyone for April’s challenge!!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Casey, you have all month to participate (challenge ends on April 30th at 5pm eastern), so it’s not too late at all! We hope you’ll join us 🙂 You can also sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as new challenge post is published!

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