August Baking Challenge

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August 2019 Baking Challenge: Vertical Layer Cake

After a few months of easy baking challenge recipes, let’s dive deep into one of the most challenging Sally’s Baking Challenge recipes yet. I tested this recipe almost a dozen times and am thrilled with the final results. This is a totally impressive way to assemble a cake and I know you can master it!


Everyone who participates in the August Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistant 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. Giveaway ends on August 31st 2019.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be selected at random and posted in the September Baking Challenge blog post on September 1st 2019.

How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe.ย Sign up for instant email updates so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month, then come back and comment on the recipe and tell me how it went.
  3. Share: Shareย your photos using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page or Facebook group. By sharing your photo, you are automatically entered in that month’s giveaway, which is usually an Amazon $250 gift card. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. There is always an alternate challenge recipe just in case you’re not into the recipe published. Here is a landing page dedicated to all things Sally’s Baking Challenge.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for instant email updates so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!

Let’s Review the July Baking Challenge

July Baking Challenge: No-Bake Cheesecake Jars

We celebrated the *30th Sally’s Baking Challenge* this past month! Hundreds of you joined the celebration by making your beautifully creative no-bake cheesecake jars. I’ve never been more impressed! There were lemon meringue cheesecake jars, peanut butter Oreo, peaches ‘n’ cream, chocolate cherry, caramel apple, and so many more. (My mouth is borderline watering right now.) One of my favorite comments came from reader Jennifer:

“These were so much fun to make! I went with no-bake banana cream pudding cheesecake jars and my sons LOVED them! Thank you for supporting exploration and confidence in baking. Your tips make all the difference!”

How special that we can experience fun new desserts and baking techniques together each month. I’m super excited for you to try the August Baking Challenge!

We gathered as many no-bake cheesecake jars photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

Giveaway winners for July are Susan, Carin, and Andie and they have been notified. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Congratulations to the winners… the no bake jars looks yummy. Sally, waiting to check on the new recipe:) unfortunately may not be able to participate this month as expecting to travel on Monday for a month. Will be still checking out your blogs and recipes. This vertical striped cake looks daunting

  2. Laughing so hard right now……when I saw the first photo I turned my head to the side because I thought it was a mistake and the photo had been rotated!!!
    Definitely intrigued to make this cake…..I can hardly wait for the next post to see how you do it!

  3. Like my husband says in a dull supportive way โ€œWhat has Sally gotten you into this monthโ€. Canโ€™t wait to try it, know it will be delicious not matter how it turns out. Thank you Sally!

  4. Wow! There are some great looking cheesecake jars! I have been so busy I have not had time to even think about doing a challenge! ๐Ÿ™ But busy is good. I will be able to join the challenge in the fall or winter months. I am looking forward to it!

    1. So many pretty cheesecake jars! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thrilled you’ll have time to participate in my challenges later this year!

  5. I was looking at the first set of pictures and I said oh my gosh out loud because the second one was mine! I feel like Iโ€™m famous! This was my first challenge ever, my family loved them! My dad loved the slight lemon flavor because we are all lemon-a-holics. Congratulations to the winners of the challenge and I look forward to the next one!! Thank you Sally!

    1. I’m so happy you participated in your first challenge in July, Rachel! Thrilled you’re looking forward to this month’s!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe AND uploading a photo. I did the July challenge on the 30th, but never sent a pic. HAHA!

  7. Wow Sally! That cake is amazing! Although, I hope there are different flavor options because the pictured one I’m guessing is Lemon Blueberry. I’m not a fan of lemons ๐Ÿ™‚ But, I’m very eager to enter this challenge! Looks fun!

  8. The cake looks amazing! I can’t wait to bake it for your challenge. This will be my first challenge to enter and I’m eager to get the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. So happy you’ll be participating in your first baking challenge, Marti! The recipe is on my blog today ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thank you Sally for challenging us! This was such a fun challenge!! I made the blueberry version for my dad’s birthday

    1. I’m so happy you participated in this month’s baking challenge! What a delicious birthday cake for your dad ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sally, I havenโ€™t tried the recipe yet BUT I tried the method with zucchini bread! It broke a bit but still looked amazing. My kids lost their marbles and now think Iโ€™m a baking magician!
    I canโ€™t wait to make the blueberry lemon cake – – and so many more vertical cakes!
    Thank you!!!!

  11. The video was so helpful – made this cake not as complicated to put together as it seemed! Love making swiss rolls so was excited to see a challenge that involved the same concepts ๐Ÿ™‚ One question: I always find my swiss rolls turn out a little too dry. Any tips on how to make the cake more moist?

    1. Hi Beth! Make sure you’re not over-baking the sponge. It’s so common with sponge cakes, then they end up tasting dry. Err on the side of under-baking. Follow the recipe time closely.

  12. I decided to make the cake strawberry-flavoured instead of blueberry and lemon.
    The cake part itself tasted a little eggy? But maybe that’s just sponge. Also the crumbs I ate from the tray had a sticky texture.
    I didn’t have the right sized tray so I cut the cake in two and rolled it (meaning that it came out a little tall and thin, but I cut some of the top off to combat that).
    Overall the recipe was pretty good, not too hard either! I’m super proud of myself (especially for following a recipe as accurately as I could).

  13. Great challenge this month, Sally! I love lemon and blueberry together! I just finished frosting it with the cream cheese frosting, but I’m taking it to a Labor Day picnic tomorrow so I can’t taste it yet ๐Ÿ™ The crumbs and licks of frosting and blueberry sauce I tried were delicious! Thanks for creating such fun recipes!

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