September Baking Challenge

Homemade choux pastry and cream puffs are the September 2018 Baking Challenge on

Welcome September and happy Labor Day weekend! With a new month comes a new Sally’s Baking Challenge. I have just the baking project for us as the kids go back to school and we settle back into our normal routines!! But before we get started, let’s review what the baking challenge is:


On or around the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos. I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month, then come back and tell me how it went. 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. If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate challenge recipe. Here is where you can find all the recipes that have been baking challenges: Sally’s Baking Challenge page


August Baking Challenge recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

August 2018 was filled with towering cookies; this may have been the most delicious month yet! Using the base cookie cake recipe, there were dozens of stacked cookie cakes with all sorts of frosting and assorted toppings. Peanut butter frosting and sprinkles, chocolate frosting and M&Ms, cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips, dark chocolate frosting and toffee chips… plus pink frosting, mint chip frosting, and even a cookie cake shaped like a heart! I applaud your creativity, friends! This was such a fun challenge and I enjoyed seeing your excitement about a wonderfully simple recipe. Thank you everyone who participated!

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

Giveaway winner for August is Claire and she has been notified. 🙂


September 2018 Baking Challenge: Choux Pastry

Are you ready for this?! We’re finally doing it! By popular request, the September Baking Challenge is dedicated to choux pastry (pâte à choux) and ALL the delicious confections you can make from this versatile dough including homemade cream puffs, profiteroles, and eclairs. Next week I’m sharing my full choux pastry tutorial along with a helpful video so you can feel confident and prepared for this month’s challenge. The good news is that choux pastry sounds 100x more difficult than it actually is– literally takes 10 minutes to prepare– and the great news is that it’s SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. You’re going to be pleasantly surprised and feel so empowered after conquering this challenge!

Enjoy the holiday weekend before we get down to work with homemade pastries!! It’s all starting next week, so check back on Monday.

Deliciously soft and creamy cream puffs with homemade light and airy choux pastry and rich chocolate ganache! Easy pate a choux recipe on

How to make light and airy choux pastry for cream puffs, eclairs, and profiteroles. Homemade pate a choux recipe on


Everyone who participates in the September Baking Challenge and shares their photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook groupemails it to me, or on your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on September 30th 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the October Baking Challenge blog post on October 1st.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Check my blog on Monday for the Choux Pastry recipe (update: here is the choux pastry recipe) and alternate September Baking Challenge recipe!


  1. YAY!!! I made my first batch of choux pastry a few weekends ago. While it was good, I didn’t *love* the recipe. I cannot wait to try yours!!

  2. Aaaah, this is so exciting! I’ve wanted to make choux pastry for the longest time, but never felt confident to do it. However, my obsession for The Great British Baking Show (anyone else with me there?!) had given me the motivation to just go for it. Two weeks ago I made traditional cream puffs with chocolate topping, followed by pumpkin spice ones with powdered sugar on top a few days later; both were a hit with our family & friends (and our teenager’s friends a.k.a., my official taste testers). Choux is SOOOO much easier than I ever thought it could be, and the results are beyond impressive! I am excited to tackle my croqembouche dreams this Christmas! Thanks for another great challenge, Sally!

    1. Love Love LOVE the British Baking Show! Can’t get enough! It gave me my motivation as well. My husband is a Chef and loves to create. He introduced me to the baking show and have been addicted ever since. Now I do all the baking, (mostly sweet stuff, yum!), and he is in charge of all the main dishes, which he loves, it’s a perfect balance! I wish you well with your croquembouche, I’ve seen them done, but have never attempted. Looking forward to trying some Choux, hopefully it’s as easy as everyone says, I tend to overthink things sometimes. Wish me luck!

  3. Yay! I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, but been afraid to! Can’t wait to see your video!
    Thank you!

      1. Good Morning Sally. Bought one of your books some time ago, but still love looking at the photo’s like this.
        Made these years ago (like most people, I was pertrified) but they were easier than I thought. Never, never were they as beautiful as yours. Can’t wait to try again.

  4. Eclairs have always been my birthday cake of choice. One year I brought about 75 into work to share it was a big job but worth it. Great choice Sally can’t wait to see your recipe and tips !!

  5. Oh God!!! I can’t wait to bake some eclairs with pastry cream and glazed with white chocolate and some filled with blackberry jam France is the kingdom of delicious baking goodies, isn’t Sally?

  6. I’ve never made a recipe of yours that was not a hit with everyone. This, of course, is because your directions, tips and pictures are perfect. I’ve always wanted to try making cream puffs. I may just have to try your recipe. The only issue with all of your recipes is that we don’t stop eating them. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  7. Hi Sally, just wondering, I uploaded my baking challenge on the facebook group using #sallysbakingchallenge, but my picture’s not up there, is it some type of a glitch or? Its happened a couple of times before…. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks! Looking forward to the next challenge 🙂

    1. Hi Alicia! There are so many pictures each month that we are unable to include every single one in the blog post. These are just a sample of them! Email me your picture next time and I will make a note to be sure to include it. 🙂 Thank you so much for your participation!

  8. Um…is that ice cream I see stuffed in one of those pastries?! Love that idea; can’t wait for the recipe! 🙂

  9. So excited for your tutorial! I’ve made cream puffs and they were good , but I’ll bet your recipe is divine. My daughter’s father in law has a birthday this month … his favorite sweet.., eclairs … YAY. Win Win

  10. I’ve always wanted to make choux pastries before! Now that it’s September I’m hoping for slightly cooler weather to start baking more often again!

  11. Can’t wait to try your version i have made this many time but I make churros, or churro bowls topped with ice cream and caramel sauce

  12. Hi Sally! I’m so excited about this months challenge! I just recently made a small batch of cream puffs for the first time and I’m hooked. My mom has always loved cream puffs and eclairs, and now she’s got me into them big time! I’ve been trying to come up with some awesome ideas for fillings. My birthday is the 14th of this month and I wanted to do cream puffs instead of cake, or along with some cake! lol you can never have too many desserts around, especially homemade! Thank you so much for having choux as this month’s challenge, I can’t wait to get started!

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