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Let’s Review the July Baking Challenge

July 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Fresh Berry Cream Cake

I challenged you to make a lovely towering berry cake this past month! I know cake decorating can be intimidating, but this recipe proves that you don’t need complicated assembly techniques to make a beautiful layer cake. Using this method of decorating, there were so many delicious looking creations. Lemon cakes, 9 inch cakes, 6 inch cakes, strawberry cakes, pistachio cakes, white cakes, and so many more. The combination of light cake, fresh berries, and whipped cream is a summertime dessert staple and I hope you make this many more times in the future, too!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Andrea:

“I made this with my 3 year old and my whole family loved it! I made lemon curd with the leftover egg yolks and added a thin layer on the cakes (as Sally suggested) and it was an amazing addition. Highly recommend this recipe, I’m looking forward to making (and eating) it again and trying different varieties.”

We gathered as many fresh berry cream cake photo entries as we could and included them below.

July Baking Challenge Winner

Challenge winner for July is Kristin who has already been notified.

fresh berry cream cake winner image

Reader Questions and Reviews

    1. All of the cakes were certainly lovely! I was thrilled with the amount of participation this month and that so many created all different kinds of cakes. The winner is always selected randomly. 🙂

  1. Congratulations Kirstin! I loved this challenge because i absolutely love making cakes! Looking forward to next one!

    1. Congratulations Kristin!!! Beautiful cake! This challenge was so fun! Looking forward to August’s challenge! Yum!

  2. They all look fabulous; congratulations Kristin.
    Looking forward to the August challenge

    1. This cake is absolutely gorgeous!!! Congratulations! I’m really looking forward to participating in the monthly challenges. Thanks for the opportunity and all the wonderful recipes!

  3. Great timing! I was just thinking of making danishes to showcase my blood oranges.

  4. Congratulations Kristin! Your cake is absolutely beautiful!! I am so excited for the next baking challenge! This is so much fun!

  5. I made two pastry braids with this dough recipe for the august baking challenge and they are AMAZING! I made one with your blueberry cream cheese filling and one with a sort of sauce I made from frozen wild blueberries. They taste like a lightly sweetened croissant with delicious filling. This was my first baking challenge on your website and it was so fun, I will definetly be doing more.

  6. Hi Sally! I made the pastry dough into 2 braids and I can’t believe that I made something so flaky and delicious! Pastry has always made me nervous but your instructions were super clear and easy to follow, and as long as you’re gentle with the dough it will work out. The blueberry cream cheese filling was so delicious and I can’t wait to try it again with different fillings.

  7. What a great and easy pastry recipe. I used homemade apple pie filling and added some apple pie spice to the glaze. They were a huge hit with my 3 boys

  8. Great recipe and dough is sooo delicious! I made these with Nutella and with apricot jam. I froze half the dough and made pastries on two separate occasions. The first time I baked them for 19 mins and they were a bit burnt and a little dry inside, but the second time I took them out after about 15 mins and they were perfect!

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