July Baking Challenge (30th Baking Challenge!)

individual no bake cheesecake jars

July 2019 is the 30th Sally’s Baking Challenge! Launched in February 2017, Sally’s Baking Challenge began as a simple way to gather readers and bake the same recipe throughout the month. What started as a fun little project has amassed thousands of bakers all over the world, each participating in many of the past 29 challenges. And to celebrate the 30th challenge, we’re having FUN in July. There will be 3 winners!


July 2019 Baking Challenge: No Bake Cheesecake Jars

As the summer sets in and temperatures rise, I figured a no-bake treat would be the perfect challenge recipe. Let’s have fun and get creative this month! We’ll combine graham cracker crumbs with a light & creamy no-bake cheesecake filling. Serve it parfait style with your favorite toppings and garnishes. I’ll provide many flavor options!

Think no-bake cheesecake, but quicker and individually portioned. Get your little jars, mugs, or glasses ready for serving. I use these adorable jars. 🙂


Everyone who participates in the July Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistant and I keep track of your photos and randomly select 3 winners at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on July 30th 2019.

3 winners will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card. Winners will be selected at random and posted in the August Baking Challenge blog post on July 31st 2019.

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 instant email updates so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month, then come back and comment on the recipe and tell me how it went.
  3. Share: Share your photos using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page or Facebook group. By sharing your photo, you are automatically entered in that month’s giveaway, which is usually an Amazon $250 gift card. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. There is always an alternate challenge recipe just in case you’re not into the recipe published. Here is a landing page dedicated to all things Sally’s Baking Challenge.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for instant email updates so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!

Let’s Review the June Baking Challenge

June Baking Challenge: Angel Food Cake

Talk about a slice of heaven! Every month I tell you that I’m blown away at the participation in the baking challenges, but June’s participation REALLY warmed my heart. I expected the participation to be on the lower side since it’s a more challenging recipe, but you totally proved me wrong. One of my favorite comments came from reader Kaitlin:

“I am a new baker, so this recipe was a challenge for me. However, the video helped a ton, and I was able to come up with a finished product that I was proud of. It tastes amazing, and it was something I had never thought of making, so it helped bring me out of my comfort zone, which I loved. Thanks Sally!”

That’s what I love to read! You’re all pushing yourselves and trying something totally new and unique whether it’s challenging, moderate, or easy. Thank you for making these challenges so fun and successful. They would be nothing without you!

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

Giveaway winner for June is Christine and she has been notified. 🙂


  1. Yay! I love making no-bake cheesecakes in a jar! So much fun, and super easy, too 🙂 I really want to join the baking challenge this month! It looks like so much fun. Hopefully I will!

  2. And also, wow! Thirty baking challenges! Give yourself a pat on the back, Sally! You put so much effort and love into this monthly tradition, and it really pays of!:)

  3. Wow Sally! 30 challenges is quite the record! You put so much effort into doing what you love and sharing it on your amazing blog 🙂 Every time I need a recipe, whether it be the most extravagant layered cake or a simple chocolate chip cookie, I turn to Sally’s baking addiction! Thank you again for all your hard work Sally! And by the way, those cheesecakes look superb!

    1. What kind words, Sarah! Thank you so much for reading my blog and baking my recipes 🙂 I appreciate your readership!

      1. I entered in this challenge and I really hope I win. That would be amazing! It’s my first ever entry in one of your baking challenges. If I do win, I will be stocking up on all those baking pans, ingredients, and utensils that I really need 🙂 Then maybe I can enter more challenges. I wish to own a bakery when I’m older, and you and your blog inspired me. Thank you so much Sally!

  4. Braytiultimately Angel Food Cakes! Looking forward to the No-Bake Cheesecakes in A Jar. These will be perfect for an upcoming gathering of friends.

  5. SWEET! So excited to try this challenge and perfect when I am trying no to use the oven during another hot spell. As always, thank you Sally!

  6. Can’t wait for the new challenge! I made the June challenge but forgot to take a picture before it was gobbled up.
    Thanks for doing this, Sally!

  7. Looking forward to this cheesecake in a jar challenge. I’m thinking a July 4th dessert coming up!! Going to group gathering, this will for sure be the dessert I’ll be bringing. Can’t wait!

  8. We brought this to a friends house for dinner. Because they are in the mini jars they travel well! And score for no bake. What a fun July challenge. Thank you.

  9. WOW WOW WOW! Those Angel Food Cakes from the June Challenge are ALL Gorgeous! I could kick myself not knowing about this monthly baking challenge Sally. I love to bake and want to start right now to join in the fun. I’m signing up ASAP. Sooo looking forward to this. Thankyou for doing this. And for 30 challenges. That is just mind blowing for sure!! Congratulations on a job well done….over and over and over. Absolutely Amaising!

    1. Hi Nann! I think they are all so pretty, too! I’m thrilled you are going to begin participating in my baking challenges- they are such a fun way to connect with other bakers and also try something new 🙂 Happy baking!

  10. Sally,
    July was my first baking challenge. I LOVED the concept of putting the no bake cheesecakes in canning jars. I had so much fun picking out the jars and making the cheese cakes. What a pretty display for such a great summer dessert. I tried the strawberry compote & can’t wait to try other toppings. This was a hit with my family.

    1. So happy to read this, Melissa! Thank you so much for participating this month. This was definitely a FUN recipe for the summertime!

  11. I just finished the monthly challenge cheesecake jars, making the chocolate ganache and strawberry sauce; cheesecake batter came together perfectly and what I tasted on the spoon was delicious! Can’t wait to try them tonight on the deck!

  12. These were a snap to make!
    Very easy and delicious. I made your chocolate ganache and whipped it. I also made some homemade whipped cream (also your recipe) and everything turned out perfect!

  13. This was my first baking challenge and I loved it. I followed the no bake cheesecake as the recipe stated however I mixed it up using ginger snaps as my crust & garnished mine with a mix of cinnamon peach & apple! Like a peach cobbler cheesecake! Loved it!

    1. I’m so happy you completed your first baking challenge! YAY! Your flavors and toppings sound incredible, Kia- thanks for participating!

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