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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72 Comments

  1. Congratulations Donna! Your loaf turned out beautifully! Loved this challenge, Sally.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed January’s challenge, Wendy! Thanks for participating 🙂

  2. 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!

    1. Way to go!! I hope you are proud of yourself, Tanu 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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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