February Baking Challenge

Homemade chocolate cake pops on sallysbakingaddiction.com

A new month ahead and you know what that means… let’s get baking! In February we’re revisiting cake pops. Homemade. From scratch. We made vanilla cake pops in the summertime, but many of you are asking for a chocolate version. This is a recipe where you can get a little creative with decorating. Those are the types of challenges I love most; where YOU have creative control. Like pie crust designs, checkerboard cake, sugar cookies. And I enjoy seeing what you come up with!

Before we get to it, let’s recap what the baking challenge is.


  • On the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, share your photos throughout the month using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page. I want you all involved!
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.


January’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Bread Bowls

Many of you have been nervous to bake bread from scratch. Yeast intimidates you. And with the cold weather and soup on the stove, I figured homemade bread bowls were the perfect fit. The dough recipe is extremely simple, yet versatile: rustic bread loaves, pizza crust, dinner rolls, etc. I enjoyed seeing how you used it!

Take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group.


Chocolate cake pops with homemade chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. The difficult part about making cake pops from scratch (no cake mix!) is finding the correct ratio of homemade cake to homemade frosting. I worked until I landed on the perfect single layer chocolate cake, a cake you can absolutely enjoy on its own, and the best amount of frosting that will bind the cake crumbs to produce cake pops. You can skip the “pop” and simply make tomorrow’s recipe into cake balls/truffles, too. Gift them to your Valentine!


Thank you so much for participating in my monthly baking challenges. We’re doing things a little differently this month for the giveaway. Everyone who participates in this challenge and shares the photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook group, or on Twitter or your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. (You can also message me your photo on Instagram!) My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month!

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on February 27th 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the March Baking Challenge blog post on February 28th! 🙂

Homemade chocolate cake pops on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Check back tomorrow for the chocolate cake pop recipe, step-by-step pics, and the alternate February recipe.


  1. Every month I have the best intentions of doing the Baking Challenge! This is THE ONE I’ll definitely be participating in!! 😀

  2. Hello Sally,
    A little while ago I sent a message about asking when your first cookbook would be available in hardcover on Amazon again? Currently it’s still saying hardcover is out of stock and only paperback or kindle is available. I have your other two recent cookbooks in hardcover and would like to get the baking addiction in hardcover as well.

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Jacquelyn! Just confirmed that the hardcover is no longer available, just paperback now. Which is great because the paperback has bonus recipes inside!

  3. These look fantastic! Are French macarons on your baking challenge list? Those are something I would love to master but need more guidance!

  4. What a great idea to choose the winner from those that have made the challenge and added the hashtag! It really makes sense considering your blog is all about encouraging people to expand their horizons. I hope that becomes a regular thing. 

  5. Hi Sally! I have tried a few times to email you a picture of the cake pops my kids and i made and they won’t send I dont have social media so I’m not able to share my pictures that way.

  6. Hi Sally. I just finished the cake pop challenge. My niece was so impressed she asked if I could ship her some. Do these ship well? Any recommendations on how to package them for shipping?  Thanks

    1. Hi Willa! I’ve never shipped cake pops myself. I was curious as well, so I gave it a quick online search. Check out Bakerella’s method: http://www.bakerella.com/shipping-sweets/

  7. Hello Sally,
    I am so happy that I have found your website. Honestly, each recipe that I have tried is so precious and perfectly delicious and I have never had any issues!
    Thank you so much for being a great, awesome and wonderful person.
    My kids had a great birthday celebration in class with her friends because I had made cake pop from your recipe.
    I am so happy and giving your a big hug from Canada!
    Please keep up wit all the delicious recipes.

    Warm regards,

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