February Baking Challenge

swiss meringue buttercream on cupcakes


February 2020 Baking Challenge: Swiss Meringue Buttercream

We’re diving headfirst into arguably the BEST frosting out there. Creamy and silky smooth, Swiss Meringue Buttercream is an ideal topping for cakes, cupcakes, and other confections because it’s not overly sweet like most frostings are. However, it’s usually associated with being difficult, finicky, and intimidating. Swiss Meringue Buttercream has often scared beginner and advanced bakers alike, but I’m breaking down that barrier for you. Call it beginner’s luck, but I had success on my very first try a few years ago. But don’t get too excited because each time after that was a major fail. Luckily, I learned a lot from my mistakes and found that there’s ALWAYS a way to fix it.

And I’ll help you have success on your 1st try!


Everyone who participates in the February 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. Giveaway ends on February 28th 2020 at 5pm ET.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be selected at random and posted in the March Baking Challenge blog post on February 29th 2020.

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. Share: Share your recipe photo using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog) on your public Instagram or Twitter. (Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email me your recipe photo instead.) You can also email me your recipe photo or upload your recipe photo to my Facebook page or Facebook group. By sharing your photo with me, you are automatically entered in the giveaway. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe.

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 January Baking Challenge

January Baking Challenge: Homemade Artisan Bread

I say this every month now– this past month showed the most participation we’ve ever had in a Sally’s Baking Challenge! The comments, emails, and posts poured in about how thrilled you were tackling homemade bread. I couldn’t be more proud of you all. Homemade bread is not something everyone is willing to try, but you took this challenge and ran with it. If you ever need a beginner’s bread recipe, I can’t stress this recipe enough. The hardest part is finding the courage to JUST DO IT!

One of my favorite comments came from reader Becky:

“SHAZAM!!!… I can bake a wonderful loaf of bread! Thanks Sally. My yeast confidence is on the rise (pun intended)!”

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

Here you’ll find well over 1,000 photos. Since the participation was so high, it was impossible to include them all, but just know that we spent a majority of the month triple checking for all participants and making these lovely collages. THANK YOU!

Giveaway winner for January is Donna and she has been notified. 🙂


  1. Omg, I am absolutely in love with these loaves. And I feel so sad to have forgotton to post my pics. I baked my first ever bread on 31st Jan which was your Artisan Bread with Jalapeno & Garlic Powder. It turned out great & the 2 loabes got finished in 2 days. However I forgot to email the pictures to you. But I was very happy & satisfied with the success of my first try at baking a bread ! Yay !! Thanks so much Sally ! Keep inspiring!

  2. Sally you are truly a beautiful human being sharing all those wonderful recipes that always turn out perfect! And thank you for inspiring so many people with your wonderful comments when we post a picture or write something. You seem to be such a good hearted and humble person.
    I love your website, I love your recipes, I love how easy everything is to make. Thank you very much for all that you do for us! I would definitely love to meet you one day.

    1. This is such a kind comment, Lisa, and it means a lot to me. It truly made my morning to read. Thank you for taking the time to leave it. 🙂 It makes me so happy that the work I put into this website and all my recipes does not go unnoticed.

  3. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. I hate American buttercream, but Swiss Merengue Buttercream is delicious, I could (and maybe did a little) eat it right out of the bowl!

  4. I absolutely hate American buttercream – it is way too sweet for me. But Swiss Meringue is definitely worth the extra few steps. I’ve been trying different recipes for many years now and had not yet come across one I really loved. This is that one. My go-to recipe. I was actually surprised that you hadn’t published a recipe for it before now! Totally recommend!

  5. I made the chocolate ganache alternative recipe for the February 2020 baking challenge. It came out great and was easy. I will definitely make it again and I’m looking forward to participating in the March 2020 challenge too!

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