March Baking Challenge

cake layers with frosting and raspberries between each layer


March 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Vanilla Naked Cake

We’re creating beautiful rustic style naked cakes this month. The change of seasons has been my inspiration in the kitchen lately and this recipe reflects it all– incorporating fresh flavors, fresh flowers, and springtime colors!


Everyone who participates in the March Sally’s Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!

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 Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: 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 giveaway. 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.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.

Let’s Review the February Baking Challenge

February 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Chocolate Cake Pops

A little intensive, but fun. Kids love them, they’re party ready, great for sharing, perfect for Valentine’s Day, 100% from scratch. I loved seeing the creative ways you decorated and packaged your cake pops this month. I’m thrilled with the participation in February!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Jan:

“Made the chocolate pops for my fellow teachers. I can hardly wait to give them to them tomorrow! They look so great.”

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

collage of chocolate cake pops images

collage of chocolate cake pops images

collage of chocolate cake pops images

Giveaway winner for February is Lacey and she has been notified.

chocolate cake pops winner image


  1. Yay! I made the photo montage! I think everyone deserves a pat on the back for finding different ways to photograph those little suckers too. Even that was a bit of a challenge. 😉

  2. Jennifer O'Connor says:

    I’m so excited about this challenge because I’ve never made a cake before AND I vowed to make myself one for my birthday in march! Coincidence? I think not!

  3. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    One of my goals every year is to make more cakes, and so far I’ve made zero, lol.  So excited to see this month’s challenge tomorrow. 

  4. The cake pops were so delicious! And the chocolate cake used to make them has become our go to cake recipe. It was so good on its own!

  5. Wizzardwithawhisk says:

    Thank you Sally!  That was the first time I ever made cake pops!  Everyone loved them! I am so glad I found this group!

    1. Thank you so much for participating!

  6. Catherine Smith says:

    I am so so excited for the March fchallenge!!! I’ve always wondered – do naked cakes tend to dry out because they are exposed and not surrounded by buttercream?

    1. I do a “milk wash” on cakes before frosting them. It makes any cake moist. I’d think the same is true with a naked cake 🙂 

    2. Hi Catherine! See my tip in the recipe post about this. 🙂

  7. Oh I need a tutorial!! I’m making three cakes for my SIL’s wedding on the 24th. I’m a pretty good baker, not so good with the gorgeousness. She’s asked for 3 naked cakes, so I need more info and I’m so excited to get it from you!!

  8. This was my first time making cake pops. It was so much fun. I love your baking challenges. Always inspires me to try new things.  Thank you Sally!

  9. Hi Sally! I am so excited for your baking challenge. As a new baking blogger I am looking for all sorts of yummy treats to create while I blog about it! I can not wait to participate in making a naked cake!

    1. Cate, I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  10. This was my first time making cake pops. I never really gave them much thought because the recipes I saw were all made with cake mix and canned frosting. This challenge was so much fun even if it was a bit tedious. They actually tasted SO good too. I gave them to a local charity that was making Valentine’s baskets for women going through Breast Cancer treatment which made it even more special. I also gave some to my niece and nephew for Valentine’s Day and they thought the were “awesome”. 🙂

    1. I love that you found a way to do something so great with your cake pops! What a great idea to share in case others have a desire to bake, but not the people to feed.

      1. Thanks Nicole! My kids are grown and out of the house and I certainly can’t eat all these baked goodies myself. I love to give them to family and friends and great causes as well. 🙂

    2. This makes me so happy to read, Cyndi. 🙂

  11. So excited for the March Baking Challenge! And my family loves the baking challenges because they always benefit from the experiment 😉

  12. Tiffany Enochs says:

    How exciting I am super new to this baking addiction and what a fun way to try new things. I can’t wait to make this ❤

  13. I’m so happy this is the challenge this month, Sally! They are delicious with a light and fluffy frosting, such as mascarpone or SMBC (my two faves.) I was going to make a naked cake in February but had to postpone for various reasons–not anymore. 🙂 Naked cake #2 here I come…..

  14. Yay, so glad this is the challenge for this month! March is our wedding anniversary month and I was wondering what kind of dessert we should do and this would be perfect!

  15. Forever Day One says:

    Looking forward to trying out this baking challenge!

  16. Your cake recipes are always my favorite! I can tell this is going to be a winner already!


  17. Sally, Thank you so much for your amazing recipes! I’m so excited for the March challenge. My daughter in love’s birthday is in March and I would love to make this for her birthday. I love making your recipes. They are so detailed and I love your photos. I love baking and sharing my baked goods with my family and friends. My children (grown and married) look forward to your challenges…I do too:)! Thank you again!!!

    1. Mary, thank you so much for participating in the challenges!! I’m glad you and your fam enjoy them.

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