May Baking Challenge

strawberries and cream cake roll


May 2017 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Cake Roll

Fresh, light, airy, and pink, this month’s strawberries ‘n’ cream cake roll is perfect for spring celebrations. This is such a beautiful cake and I adore the sponge cake texture!


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.

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Let’s Review the April Baking Challenge

April 2017 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Buttercream Frosting Roses

April’s baking challenge was creating beautiful buttercream frosting roses. And I was blown away by your response! I’ve never seen more stunning cake and cupcake decorating artwork in my life. You all have some major talent! Many of you used Easter as the opportunity to master two-toned roses while others shared their work throughout the month– I hope this challenge inspired you to tackle a new technique, or if frosting decoration was already your thing, enjoyed the process.

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Mary:

“I tried this today in preparation for doing them on a birthday cake. It was so easy! I want to put roses on everything! Thank you so much for this challenge. I never would have tried to do something like this in a million years!”

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

april baking challenge photos

PS: Did you try buttercream frosting roses? What did you think?


  1. I’ve mastered a lot of baking techniques, but never made a cake roll. I’ve always been kinda scared to. I’m going to try this! Thank you!

  2. Sally, that cake looks gorgeous. I’m super excited to try this month’s challenge, having never made a cake roll in my life. Maybe I can use blue frosting with white sponge cake for Israel Independence Day this Tuesday.

  3. Jenny from says:

    I have made many sponge cakes, I love them. Excited to come back tomorrow.

  4. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    Omg! This is cake roll is so gorgeous.

  5. Gosh, Sally, your blog is seriously the one everybody should aspire to have! You are so creative and fun, your photography is great, and your recipes are amazing! The baking challenge is such a wonderful idea…that’s so impressive to see everyone’s beautiful frosting, and I can imagine how most of them probably thought *they* could never do that. But you encourage people to try and believe in themselves, and it’s so sweet! It’s that kind of heart for other people, in small and big areas of life, that makes a fantastic mom <3 (not that I've been one, but I have one :D)

    1. Saving this comment. It really made my day. Thank you for always being so kind and supportive!

      1. <3!

  6. YUM! Cake tastes so much better in rolled form,  you know?! (Or is that just because theres more luscious frosting?) Anyways, looks fantastic! 

  7. I almost squealed when I saw that first photo, I’ve been wanting to try making a cake roll for a while so I think this will be the first challenge I participate in! So excited!

  8. Cake rolls are my thing! But it’s usually chocolate, so I can’t wait to try out your recipe! 

  9. Ok. When I was 8 I got my first cookbook and it had a recipe for a cake that looked a lot like that. And since I’ve been 8, I’ve wanted to try a cake like this, but have been afraid. I’m super  excited to read the recipe and then actually try it. I feel like my courage has been bolstered with the roses, the whole making mousse thing… after 3 decades I think I am ready to tackle this sort of cake! Thank you so much for including it! 

    1. YOU CAN DO IT! Here is the new May Baking Challenge recipe in case you haven’t seen it yet 🙂

  10. Making us wait til tomorrow, so cruel. Not being able to make up your mind can be a typical pregnancy symptom. Just wait until you’re thinking of name. Keep us updated on what you crave. My first I craved butter!

  11. Austria Azaceta says:

    Hi Sally! Such a beautiful gallery of photos for the April challenge!! So many pretty cakes & cupcakes (and thanks for including mine!).   I really love the look of the two toned icing.  Will definitely be doing that again.  
    This cake for the May challenge is sooo pretty!!  I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never made a cake roll before & I’m a little nervous about this one.  Can’t wait to try it!! 
    I just (this morning) made a 2 layer chocolate cake with vanilla icing for my nephews birthday today.  I love a piece of good chocolate cake over a brownie any day & your triple chocolate layer cake recipe does not disappoint! 
    Looking forward to this recipe tomorrow.  Happy week!!

    1. Chocolate and vanilla icing– you can’t go wrong with that combination!
      I really hope you try the cake roll recipe this month. So many step photos for you. You can handle it, I promise!

  12. As soon as I saw the photo, I was SO excited and my brain instantly went back to my days of middle school, Home Economics, where I first learned to make a Roll Cake.!  I’m pretty sure that’s the recipe that got me hooked on baking, like a spark went off in my head and realized…..I LOVE TO BAKE !!!  and from then on…..I totally aced all my Home Ec classes right to the end of High School.  All because of a Rolled Sponge Cake….It was Magical…….also, I think…..had a strawberry ?? type filling inside and finished with conf. sugar dusted over the top.
    And in my Mom’s kitchen, I would practice that cake over and over.  My Dad loved being the “guinea pig” for me and always ate whatever I baked.  And it was in my Mom’s kitchen I realized that when I served baked goods, it made people happy.  😉
    As I read your list of “essential supplies” and saw #3 Towel…….I totally remember like it was yesterday, that the towel was the key to success for that cake.  It’s the towel that makes the magic happen.
    Can’t wait for tomorrow Sally !!
    Hope you got all the low down on baby goods.  What a perfect place to be with all the gal pals.  

    1. Happy this photo and the recipe brings back so many memories! I hope you try the new sponge cake roll recipe!

  13. i’ve made loads of sponge cakes, but never a roll cake, so i’m excited to try this. i did bake this weekend though. i made 4 different batches of scones: lemon-blueberry, cinnamon-apple, citrus (lemon & orange zest), and orange-cranberry. the entire house smelled fantastic yesterday 😀

    1. SCONES! I haven’t made them in a few months. Now I’m craving them 🙂

  14. Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says:

    The challenge is on!! Love it Sally! 🙂 

  15. Debutante says:

    I have made pumpkin roll cakes for several years, but haven’t made any recently. They require a bit of work, but They look impressive and not that difficult once you get the hang of it.
    I have never tried making a strawberry sponge cake roll !

    this looks yummy. I’m sure I’m out of practice so maybe I will try this !

    1. Make sure you share a picture when you do!

  16. William Feast says:

    Followed your blog for some time now, however I have to say this months “challenge” seems to have been decided upon in a rush. It’s just a Swiss roll, this couldn’t be an easier sponge cake to make. Very disappointing this month. Hope next month will be more of a challenge.

    1. “Challenge” is relative to the baker’s skill set and many of my readers and participants have never tried a cake roll before.

  17. Joanne | No Plate Like Home says:

    I thought of you today Sally when I ate your Choc chip pumpkin bread with fresh pumpkin from my freezer. It is still moist and delicious! 
    I hope my food blog is half as good as yours someday. Your passion and dedication to your readers is evident. Thanks for inspiring women.
    Congrats on your pregnancy. I wish you all the. Happiness. Our baby turned 5 today!

    1. Thank you so much Joanne! Stay passionate, determined, don’t let others bring you down, and work hard for your goals!

  18. I’ve been wanting to get back into baking on a regular basis and this challenge may just be my inspiration!

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