February Baking Challenge

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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.

Some of the links above are affiliate links, which pay me a small commission for my referral at no extra cost to you! Thank you for supporting Sally’s Baking Addiction.


All Comments

  1. Yay ! I have never made these so this will definitely be a challenge for me super excited to conqour these thanks for giving me the motivation sally!

  2. Right on time! My daughter’s birthday is coming up and she wants cake pops. But she’s not a fan of chocolate. So hopefully you might have notes on other flavour options. Otherwise vanilla it is for me.

  3. These are amazing. A little messy but still I loved the cake pops. I recommend people who make these to use chocolate cake instead of vanilla. It gives it more of a strong taste. (or maybe i just love chocolate a lot. 🙂 🙂 LOL) definitely try making these you won’t regret it.

  4. Chocolatey goodness in a pop! Yum! I have never made these so it will be fun! Thanks Sally for doing this, it is so much fun to see everyone’s creations!!!!!

  5. SOOO excited! Those vanilla cake pops were super popular when I baked them for my family, friends, and co-workers, so I’m pumped to try the chocolate variety. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an excuse for extra cute and festive cake decor!

    1. I LOVED reading this, Ashley. Your delight with how easy bread bowls actually are. Seem hard, right? Not too bad. Same with cake pops!

  6. I love cake pops but use the old box mix and canned frosting so Im really curious to see this recipe.
    I also have to perfect my dipping method. I find that sometimes the cake balls are too heavy and fall off when Im trying to dip (even with dipping the stick in the chocolate first to make that little seal).
    Looking forward to this.

  7. I’ve been wanting to tackle cake pops for awhile now! Can’t wait to get the recipe and start on these! I know my two little assistants are ready to help taste test.

  8. I’m excited to make these! Cake pops are wayyyy easier then people make it sound. If we don’t have social media, can we email you a photo to enter the giveaway?

    1. Yes of course! We will collect all of the photos and randomly choose a winner. Let me add that to this post so it’s clear 🙂

  9. Loved the bread bowls, Sally…and so excited to try these cake pops! I have some sweet little sprinkles ready to go! <3 
    Thank you for always coming up with a new and creative challenge!

  10. Yes, yes, yes…I cannot wait for this one! I am going to definitely do this and bring them to my peeps at work for a treat! I will be hash-tagging away my finished product soon!!!

  11. YES! I am making the vanilla cake pops for my preschoolers class and was hoping you would have a chocolate one also <3 so excited!!

  12. Never made a bread bowl… yay  success….check, never made a Babka …yay success…check  Thanks Sally your step by step instructions made these recipes easy! Never made a cake pop. Can’t wait to be creative!

  13. I’d love to make cake pops and where was I for the bread bowl challenge?!! UGH! Always love reading your posts. Thanks for the inspiration.

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