April Baking Challenge

cupcakes with pink frosting roses on top on a cake stand


April 2017 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Buttercream Frosting Roses

The challenge this coming month is more of a tutorial than a recipe. We’re going to test our piping skills and pipe two-toned frosting roses together!


Everyone who participates in the April Sally’s Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!

How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month.
  3. Send: Share your recipe photo with us via email: [email protected]. By emailing your recipe photo, you are automatically entered in the giveaway. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email your recipe photo instead. Feel free to share on social media using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog), but the only way to guarantee you are in the running is sending your entry via email.

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Let’s Review the March Baking Challenge

March 2017 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Chocolate Mousse Pie

March’s baking challenge was a chocolate pie. This was a more complicated recipe, so I was nervous that not as many would participate in March. Chocolate must be your love language (duh!) and I truly appreciated seeing so many of these pies on Instagram, Facebook, and all the pies coming through my inbox! You made some towering beauties with major height. I hope you learned a couple new skills or, if you’re already a seasoned pro, enjoyed the taste of the ultra creamy chocolate pie.

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Jasmine:

“I made this today as a component of my birthday cake, and it tastes DELICIOUS!! I love how the chocolate flavor is blended together with the creaminess of the whipped cream, it is so airy and light. Thank you for the recipe!”

We gathered as many chocolate mousse pie photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

collage of chocolate mousse pies

PS: Did you try the chocolate mousse pie? What did you think?


  1. I’m so excited! These look so beautiful, and there’s no doubt that your detailed descriptions will make piping much less daunting 🙂

    1. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

      I’m scared to pipe too, but I know it’s a skill, if mastered is fantastic!!! Sally, this is the most beautiful cake, bar none!!!!

      1. don’t be scared– this technique couldn’t be easier. I SWEAR!

  2. So excited to learn piping techniques! It’s one of the things I want to improve on for sure and videos are so helpful. The roses look beautiful!
    I made the chocolate mousse pie last weekend, turned out pretty well! I think I might’ve mixed too aggressive, the mousse wasn’t as airy as I thought it would be. But still chocolaty and delicious! Bonus: I have 4 egg yolks in the fridge for lava cakes!

  3. Jenny from jennyisbaking.com says:

    This comes at a perfect time! I need to learn how to frost, really not good at that yet, so I will definitely come back.

  4. Wow, Sally, the decorated cake as well as the cupcakes look gorgeous! So beautiful, with the two colours and all that pretty sprinkles! And every time you bring out that lovely handcrafted plate with sprinkles it makes me smile 🙂

  5. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    Whoaaaaa!! So up for the challenge! The most gorgeous cupcakes I’ve ever seen! 🙂

  6. Tori//Gringalicious.com says:

    What a great challenge this month! I LOVE this whole idea and getting to see how so many have recreated your recipes. Hope you have a great month!

  7. Sally, the pictures of the cake and cupcakes are beautiful! Looking forward to April’s baking challenge! No foolin’ either! 😉

    1. no April fools!

  8. So excited to learn! I stink at piping cupcakes, cakes, etc so hopefully I can do better this time around!

    🙂 TY for featuring my March baking challenge!

  9. I’m excited for a new Spring baking challenge and even more excited Spring has sprung! I didn’t get the chance to participate in the March baking challenge but I’m holding on to that pie recipe to hopefully make sometime this summer. Hopefully, I get to the challenge this month – I’m terribly terrible at all things frosting & piping tho, so we’ll see how that goes :/

    Happy birthday Jude!!!!!!!!!

    1. I was once awful too but the technique I’m showing tomorrow is laughably simple. I promise you can do it!

  10. I loved the March baking challenge! I’m not typically a big fan of chocolate mousse, but I loved your recipe, and I always love a good Oreo crust! I’m not great with decorating, so I’m both nervous and excited for this next challenge. Your roses looks gorgeous, and I always love the sprinkles you use 🙂
    Thanks for doing these challenges <3

    1. You won’t be nervous when you see how EASY it is tomorrow!

  11. Totally excited to check back tomorrow . I love how you are sharing so many cool tips and techniques with us. I am a true believer in the “you learn something new every day” moto . I read a post where you were talking about perfecting your photographs and in my opinion, you have mastered it . Keep those wonderful mouthwatering recipes and photos coming. Always happy to see your emails in my inbox. I eat with my eyes ✌

    1. Thank you so much for this encouraging and kind comment, Esther!

  12. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    Yay so excited, I love the wilton 1M and am always looking for frosting tips!  And I think these cupcakes will pair perfectly with my first glass of rose of the season 😉

    1. I think so too!!

  13. Those cupcakes and that cake look beautiful!! So so excited to try this!!

  14. I literally gasped when I saw this photo in my inbox this morning. Those roses are so beautifully done! I love baking but I’m not exactly the best decorator 🙁 Soooo looking forward to the tutorial Sally!

    1. thank you so much Nicole! I’m not that great of a decorator either, but you surprise yourself– anyone can do this I promise!

  15. I’ve got one word for you…Gorgeous! Okay, two more…SO PRETTY!

    1. thanks Lynn!

  16. Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says:

    Love your baking challenge series and the pictures of what everyone made! That’s so awesome!! Xoxo 🙂

  17. I am so ready to learn this! Just ordered the tip from Amazon. I’ll be ready to go on Sunday!! This is going to be fun!

  18. Oh no, oh no – not a piping challenge. I’m scared. But I do love to learn new things . . . how bad can I be at it anyway?! HA – very, very bad. But I’m game to give it a try. I love your challenges, Sally! Can’t wait to read about it tomorrow. ~smile~

    1. You won’t be nervous when you see how easy it is!

  19. Julie Bailey Turner says:

    Sally, is that your own custom sprinkle mix . . . or Sweetapolita! I love doing custom sprinkles and so does Joss!!! So exciting. I’ve been doing so much “must do” baking that I haven’t been able to just bake “for fun!!!!” Maybe this month I’ll get LUCKY!!!!!!!! That cake is gorgeous! I’m learning the basket weave piping technique. Just in time for Easter!!!! Still waiting to see a sign for your new bakery at the Lake!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Hey Julie! It’s from Sweetapolita. 🙂 It’s called sugar fairy twinkle sprinkle medley!
      I would LOVE to learn the basket weave technique.

      1. Julie Bailey Turner says:

        I love sugar fairy twinkle sprinkle medley!!!  Did you subscribe to Sweetapolita’s Sprinkle of the month club?  Basket weave looks easy!  I’ll post pics soon!

      2. yes I subscribed!! 🙂

  20. Jenny Hughes says:

    I can’t wait to try it. I have never successfully piped anything.

    1. You’ll be able to handle this one– it’s so easy!

  21. Absolutely beautiful!!

  22. Sally-the cupcakes are beautiful! Hubby will be traveling for a week so I look forward to making these or the alternate recipe!! 

  23. Ooooh! So excited for that tutorial!  My piping skills are down right pitiful!  I’m also excited to see the handiwork of the rest of your awesome baking community;)  

    1. I’m sure your piping talents aren’t horrible. It takes practice! What I’m sharing tomorrow is very easy, I promise!

  24. Erin @ Brownie Bites Blog says:

    That cake looks so delectable, the frosting looks so soft and wonderful – I would dig right in! I’ve always been too scared to attempt two-tone frosting – excited to see the results of the challenge.

    1. You won’t be scared when you see how easy it is!

  25. My piping skills need some help for sure, so even though I didn’t do the February or March challenges, I need to do the April one!!!

    1. yay!! excited you’ll be joining this month

  26. usually i’m more into the technical/flavor elements of baking, but i’ve been making tons of cupcakes lately just to play around with icing them! super excited to try this 😀

  27. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    I think you touched on many of our weaknesses…piping! I do have most of Wilton’s tips and why I’m not sure….piping is a weakness and something I definitely need more practice with…plus it’s messy cleanup! I’ll be in the midst of my move this Month Sally so I’m probably going to have to pass on April’s Challenge, but look forward to seeing all the entries on your baking challenge blog!

    1. I’m extremely excited to see all the beautiful piped roses this month too!

  28. Laura | Tutti Dolci says:

    Those two-tone roses are seriously gorgeous! What a perfect challenge for April 🙂

    1. thanks so much Laura!

  29. Elizabeth Speach says:

    Yay!  I just ordered some of those beautiful sprinkles!  

    1. they’re the best!

  30. I really like seeing all of the pie pictures. They all turned out different and look really good!

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