May Baking Challenge

slice of cheesecake on a spatula


May 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Cheesecake

We’re perfecting creamy, smooth, and classic cheesecake this month!


Everyone who participates in the May 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 April Baking Challenge

April 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Croissants

April’s baking challenge was the most advanced challenge of the series so far. Croissants certainly aren’t easy and require dedicated time and attention. Many said you never thought you could bake croissants at home and felt a huge sense of accomplishment when you pulled your croissants out of the oven. That’s what I call a baking challenge success– pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something you once thought was impossible. How empowered do you feel? A huge congratulations is in order because once you bake croissants, you’re a kitchen master. I wonder how many pounds of butter we used!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Austria:

“I made croissants today thanks to you!! I still can’t believe it and am quite impressed with myself over this. Your recipe, tips, photos, video were all fantastic and easy to understand and follow. I started yesterday and left the dough overnight in the fridge for the 2nd long rest and finished them this morning. The most buttery flakey delicious croissants EVER!!”

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

collage of croissant images

collage of croissant images

collage of croissant images

collage of croissant images

Giveaway winner for April is Katie and she’s been notified. 🙂

homemade croissant winner image


  1. That’s great l’ve been searching for a cheesecake recipe for two weeks! Very

    1. Perfect timing! Hope you love it 🙂

  2. Perfect timing for my hubby’s birthday next week. He loves cheesecake!!!

    1. That IS perfect timing!! Happy baking and happy early birthday to your hubby!

  3. So excited for some good cheesecake tips! I’ve made them often but they always crack so I end up having to completely cover them with some kind of topping. Worse things could happen, but I’d love to make a crack free one!

    1. Absolutely! There’s nothing quite like pulling a perfect cheesecake out of the oven 🙂 Good luck and happy baking!

  4. I’m so excited!!! ❤

    1. Thank you!

  5. I love cheesecake – I’m in for this month’s challenge! And I’m in love with your website redesign 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Sam!!

  6. I LOVE cheesecake! I’ll be making one in the next week for a birthday!

    1. Hooray! Happy baking, Bre 🙂

  7. Yay! This is exciting. My Mom’s favorite is cheesecake so I will be making this for Mother’s Day!

    1. So sweet! I hope your mom loves it!

  8. I’m excited about this one!

    1. Thank you Kelly!

  9. Where are the rest of the photos? Why do a challenge that takes 2-3 days when you do not even have the decency to post everyones photos.

    1. Hi Angela! We gathered as many photos as we could. If you’d like to find more photos, feel free to search the hashtag on instagram, visit my Facebook page, or see them all in my Facebook group. The purpose of the monthly baking challenges is to have fun and challenge yourself. Maybe someday I can work a system where readers can directly upload their pictures to my website. Thanks so much!

      1. Hey Sally ,just a suggestion- why not create a monthly baking challenge photo album on fb and ask everyone to post their photos in that. Instagram users will use the hashtag and for the photos of people who message you directly can be added on the website by you at the end of month.

      2. That’s a helpful suggestion, Shweta, thank you!

  10. I’m really excited about the scaled down miniature version! Can’t wait to read tomorrow’s post! It’s been a while since I made cheesecake, this is perfect timing!

    1. Happy baking!

  11. This will be my first baking challenge and I’m looking forward to it. 😀 I think I’m going to try a chocolate cheesecake with raspberry coulis.

    1. That sounds incredible.

  12. Hi Sally,

    Would you prefer that challenge participants make a plain cheesecake or are we allowed to modify the recipe that you post?

    1. Feel free to modify the recipe itself or add toppings!

  13. Jim and the boys have a couple favorite cheesecake recipes I make a couple times a year – I look forward to seeing what you share

  14. Becky Knott says:

    My husband loves cheesecake, so I’ve been making a lot of different kinds over the past few years. I am eager to try your version of his favorite dessert. I am sure it will be a winner!

    1. I hope he loves this one! Happy baking 🙂

  15. Have you ever made a Ricotta Pie? I love it more than cheesecake (which is why I’m thinking of it now), and am so curious what goes into making one.

    1. I haven’t made it, but I sure love to eat it!! 🙂

  16. Yum!!! So looking forward to this! I have a great recipe but find it always cracks so can’t wait to try yours, looks dense and delicious!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Erin! Happy baking 🙂

  17. This cheesecake looks so creamy and yummy, can’t wait to try it!!!!

    1. Thank you Diana!

  18. I can’t wait! My mother in law made the best cheesecake, but she took the recipe with her!! I’ve been trying to find a good recipe!!

    Thank you so much!!

    1. I hope you love this one just as much 🙂

  19. I make an amazing cheesecake with mascarpone and cream cheese. Every time I take it for potluck at church they literally fight over it.

  20. Looking forward to another monthly challenge Sally, but I cannot stop laughing about your comment!! I mean really!! how many pounds of butter do you think went into April’s challenge??
    I started a rough calculation and it’s pretty obscene. 😉
    You’ve built a great community of bakers 🙂

    1. Ha I don’t even want to know!

  21. I LOVE your redesign, Sally, and am super excited to do the May challenge, my first. I love cheesecake and have skipped challenges because I’m always afraid to have all that sweetness around the house (too tempting!). I finally decided that I want to grow as a baker so I want to participate and can always share part of the goodies with the neighbors!

  22. I have a delicious Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Cheese Cake that I made for a few of my customers for last Thanksgiving. They came out great. I included a small jar of homemade Pecan Bourbon Sauce and a package of chopped pecans with each order. The house smelled so good for a few days while I was making them. We love cheese cakes and this one you made really looks amazing!! If you’d like to see the one I made I’m going to hashtag you on Instagram lorishandmadetreats. And I too am loving the new redesign of the webpage.

  23. This is my first month joining the challenge since I’ll be staying home with our new born baby girl and just got a kitchenAid mixer I’m super excited!!
    Is there a link to access each month for the challenge? I can’t find the cheesecake recipe for May.
    Thank you so much

    1. Congratulations on your baby girl! Here is the baking challenge for May: classic cheesecake

  24. Letitia Stanbery says:

    I made the mini cheesecakes as a test and they were amazing. The mini cherry cheesecakes were such a big hit I had to guard them so they didn’t get eaten before dinner. Thank you.

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