February Baking Challenge

swiss meringue buttercream on cupcakes

FEBRUARY BAKING CHALLENGE

February 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: 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.


How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: I publish a new challenge recipe on the 1st of each month. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.
  2. Bake: 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 baking challenge. 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.

PRIZE

By emailing your recipe photo to us, you are automatically entered in the baking challenge. 1 winner receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card. We keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. The challenge is open to the whole world. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!


Let’s Review the January Baking Challenge

January 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: 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 recipe reviews 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!)

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

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20 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this challenge. Not only the swiss meringue buttercream, but making the finished product look so nice!

  2. I’ve always wanted to try this buttercream! I can’t wait!!

  3. Yay! I’ve been hoping you’d show us your take on SMBC; I’ve never made it before, but want to, and will feel a lot more confident about it using a recipe from your blog 🙂

  4. Kimberly Bailey says:

    I’ve always wanted to try SMBC. Looking forward to it. Everyone’s bread looks delicious!!

  5. Wow!! That’s an amazing amount of bread! It also goes to show how Sally is helping a lot of people gain confidence and conquer their fears in the kitchen, myself included. Thank you so much, Sally, for everything you do. And congrats to Donna!!

  6. Wow look at all that bread for the January challenge!!! Congrats Donna on winning the challenge and congrats sally on always providing us with tried and true recipes that we can trust! I only follow your blog and recipes for no fail results!

  7. YESSSS – I remember like a year and a half ago I asked you if you would be into doing this for a monthly challenge. I’m so excited to see your take on it! I, too, had beginner’s luck with this and it is usually the only frosting I make now- you just really can’t compare it at ALL to American buttercream. So yummy, I cant’ wait!!!!

  8. I love looking at all the photos from the monthly challenges! Sally, you help so many of us to be better bakers, thank you!

  9. I LOVE Swiss merengue buttercream. I also LOVE French buttercream. I too had beginner’s luck and have had a few (corrected) fails on it but it is so worth it! I can’t wait for this challenge!

  10. Sally, you should be so proud of yourself that you have inspired so many of us to tackle this recipe! You’re the best! 🙂

  11. Sally – it’s leap year! That’s a whole extra day to participate!

  12. January was my first time doing one of your baking challenges. I have decided my belated new year’s resolution is to participate in every SBA baking challenge for 2020. Thank goodness my other resolution for 2020 was to get outside and walk more!! I may need to up it to jogging . Looking forward to a year of soul satisfying deliciousness! Thanks Sally!

  13. Very excited for try SMBC, I’ve never made it before! And I am suddenly craving a piece of bread, bread flour stock must have gone up this month!

  14. Ahhh, I have been waiting for this recipe from you! This is something I have been nervous about trying (no real logical reason why, just baker hesitation I suppose), and I am going to go for it. I definitely want the SMBC in my baking arsenal. Thanks so much for all you do! It truly brings joy to this home baker! <3

  15. I opened a home Bake Shoppe in 2019 and one of the first new recipes that I tried was Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting. I LOVE it! I rarely use any other kind now.

  16. WOAH! There is enough bread there to last me a year (or two)!
    I’ve actually been wanting to prettily decorate a layer cake, so now I have the motivation to try making both the cake and this icing for the first time!
    xxx

  17. Thank you for your focus on bread in January. I made some wonderful french bread that I’m really proud of. Lots more to try. Even bought a Lame for the top. Your encouragement is a great incentive to try something different. Happy day!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

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