August Baking Challenge

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AUGUST BAKING CHALLENGE

August 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Vertical Layer Cake

This is a totally impressive way to assemble a cake and I know you can master it!

GIVEAWAY

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 emailΒ 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 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: 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. How special that we can experience fun new desserts and baking techniques together each month.

One of my favorite recipe reviews 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!”

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!)

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

collage of no bake cheesecake jars images

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

no bake cheesecake jars winner image

no bake cheesecake jars winner image

no bake cheesecake jars winner image

34 Comments

  1. So excited for the vertically striped cake! Looks very interesting πŸ™‚

    1. Yay! So excited that you’re looking forward to this challenge, Erin!

  2. 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

    1. Safe travels this month, Gayathri! πŸ™‚

  3. 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!

    1. I did too!!! I can’t wrap my head around this! So exciting!

    2. LOL! Too funny- I love it!! Can’t wait to share the recipe tomorrow!

  4. I have never heard of these vertical striped cakes before.

  5. Like my husband says in a dull supportive way β€œWhat has Sally gotten you into this month”. Can’t wait to try it, know it will be delicious not matter how it turns out. Thank you Sally!

    1. So funny! Thrilled you are looking forward to August’s baking challenge πŸ™‚

  6. Misha Slaven-Hunter says:

    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! πŸ™ 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! πŸ™‚ Thrilled you’ll have time to participate in my challenges later this year!

  7. Sharon Roodhuyzen says:

    Did you say cake?? !! This looks like another great challenge, can’t wait to give it a go!

    1. I’m so excited you’ll be participating this month, Sharon! πŸ™‚

  8. Congrats! How exciting πŸ™‚ Enjoyed see all the pics and reading all the posts πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    1. Thanks for reading!!

  9. Rachel Claire says:

    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 I’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!! πŸ™‚

  10. I can’t wait to try this!!!

    1. YAY! So happy you’re looking forward to this challenge!

  11. Jennifer Gutierrez says:

    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!

    1. Oh no!! Can’t wait to see your vertical cake this month, Jennifer πŸ™‚

  12. 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 πŸ™‚ But, I’m very eager to enter this challenge! Looks fun!

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! This recipe is indeed lemon blueberry- I hope you’ll still try it πŸ™‚

  13. Marti Cooper says:

    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. πŸ™‚

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

  14. Tara Trillo says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  15. THIS IS SO FUN!
    Sally, I haven’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 I’m a baking magician!
    I can’t wait to make the blueberry lemon cake – – and so many more vertical cakes!
    Thank you!!!!

    1. How fun to try this with zucchini bread! Have so much fun experimenting with different flavors! πŸ™‚

  16. 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 πŸ™‚ 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.

  17. 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).
    Cheers~

  18. 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 πŸ™ The crumbs and licks of frosting and blueberry sauce I tried were delicious! Thanks for creating such fun recipes!

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