August Baking Challenge

chocolate chip cookie layer cake on a white plate


August 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

Five layers to love in this simple and carefree recipe. Both kids and adults will enjoy preparing and eating this fun layered cookie cake!


Everyone who participates in the August 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.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.

Let’s Review the July Baking Challenge

July 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Apple Hand Pies

From heart-shaped rhubarb hand pies to blueberry lemon, lavender blackberry, and cherry star hand pies, you ROCKED this challenge. This month marked the highest participation in a baking challenge yet! 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!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Melissa:

“I made these today and they are so delicious! My family loves them and I know I’ll be making these again in a week or two! Thanks so much Sally! Another perfect recipe!”

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

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

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  1. Yay Sally !!! Can’t wait to make this months challenge….lover of chocolate chip cookies and layer cake 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.

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

  2. 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!

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

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

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

  4. Hannah Lewis says:

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

    1. Yay!! Such a fun and festive birthday dessert!

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

    1. That would be amazing!

  6. Kristine Volmar says:

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

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

  7. OMG! This looks amazing!

    1. Thank you Sam!

  8. Tracey Benning says:

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

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

      1. Tracey Benning says:

        Thanks Sally

  9. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite says:

    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! 🙂

    1. The perfect birthday cake! Hope your mom loves it!

  10. 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!!

    1. So sweet!! Hope he loves it!

  11. 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!

    1. So sweet 🙂 Congratulations!!

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

    1. So happy you will be joining us!!

  13. Carolee Herechski says:

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

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

  14. 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.

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

  15. 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. 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 says:

    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. 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 says:

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

  20. 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. 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?

    1. 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. 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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