October Baking Challenge + Giveaway!

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Thank you so much for entering this giveaway and supporting Sally’s Baking Addiction. Winner is: Kristen who loves pumpkin with caramel and spiced apple in a close second 🙂 and she has been notified via email.

Pumpkin roll on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Helloooooo October. Can you believe the new month begins tomorrow?? September was a big baking month for us. We each learned how to pipe sunflowers, reviewed all my favorite tips and tricks to make the BEST cupcakes, had fun during cookie week, welcomed the first pumpkin recipe in 2017, and my 3rd cookbook was published!!!!

(And on a personal note, celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and brought our beautiful baby girl into the world. Can’t wait to introduce you to her soon. ♥)


This coming month, let’s focus on a real classic. The epitome of all pumpkin cakes, the pumpkin roll. Many of you have been requesting this recipe and I’m thrilled to teach you how to make my favorite version.

Before we get to October’s baking challenge, let’s recap what the baking challenge is.

What is the Baking Challenge?

  • 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.

Let’s Look Back on September

Recipe: Sunflower Cupcakes

I was nervous about September’s Baking Challenge. I feared many of you would be intimidated to try this piping style, but after only a couple days I was thrilled to see many of you facing your cupcake decorating fears. You’re unstoppable in the kitchen and I love it. This was a special baking challenge because it centered around HAPPY. With all of the chaos in the world right now and the devastating hurricanes this past month, I wanted September to focus on something uplifting and bright.

And I’m still completely overwhelmed by the response to September’s baking challenge! Many of you participated and showed off your incredible piping skills during the month. The general response was: “this is so much easier than I ever thought!” Which is exactly what I’d hoped to hear. Piping designs on cakes and cupcakes doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. In fact, it’s surprisingly simple. The hardest part is mustering up the courage to try.

Take a look at some of your gorgeous photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my new Facebook group. You inspire me!

October Baking Challenge

Like I mentioned above, we’re rolling deep into a super-moist + super spiced PUMPKIN ROLL! This traditional fall dessert is actually quite simple. Not very many ingredients at all, the bake time is crazy short, we’ll use my favorite cream cheese frosting, AND we’ve already explored cake rolls on my blog before (red velvet cake roll and strawberry sponge cake roll). The tricky part is rolling it up, but I have a new video for you to show you exactly how to do it. This fall you’ll conquer the pumpkin roll!


Thank you all so much for participating in my monthly baking challenges. Today I’m giving you the chance to win some of the tools you’ll need to bake October’s baking challenge recipe. These are the exact baking tools/brands I use in my own kitchen and I swear by them. Not sponsored, I’m truly a fangirl for this stuff!

How to enter:

Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite fall flavor. Is it pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, apple cider, caramel, or something like butterscotch, cranberry, ginger, pomegranate, butternut squash…? This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends Saturday, October 7th at 12am EST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Pumpkin roll on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Check back on Monday October 2nd for the recipe, step-by-step pics, how-to video, and the alternate October 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.


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  1. Pumpkin and cinnamon, preferably together 😀
    What a match made in heaven! That’s why I’m eyeing your challenge recipe 😉


  2. Apple cider or caramel! Hmm, caramel apple cider? Just throwing ideas out there, Sally! CONGRATS on your baby girl!!! I hope you are all doing well!

  3. Hello Sally, my favorite is pumpkin pie – pumpkin yogurt, cheesecake..Everytime I go to the Grocery Store I look at what’s new for pumpkin I can’t wait to get it home to taste it. My Brother’s think I am crazy, and they think pumpkin yogurt is “gross” but they are missing out – life is an adventure try something new. You could be pleasantly surprized.

  4. I found your website looking for a good homemade caramel recipe. Looking forward to making the one I found here to use with my german chocolate bars… which if you’ve never tried… you definitely should. Thanks for posting the caramel recipe.
    Anyhow, my favorite fall flavors: Butternut squash with a little brown sugar, nutmeg and clove.

  5. My favorite fall flavor is apple and cinnamon. I love, love, love, this flavor in a fresh baked apple crisp!

  6. My favorite fall flavor (and smell) would definitely have to be cinnamon! Pumpkin spice comes in at a close second 🙂

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