September Baking Challenge

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September 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Choux Pastry

We’re diving into choux pastry (pâte à choux) and all of the delicious confections you can make from this versatile dough including homemade cream puffs, profiteroles, and eclairs.


Everyone who participates in the September 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 August Baking Challenge

August 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

This month was filled with towering cookies! 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, bakers! This was such a fun challenge and I enjoyed seeing your excitement about a wonderfully simple recipe.

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Debbie:

“I made this cake yesterday, using three 9-inch round pans and the results were AMAZING! Per my son’s request, I used your Favorite Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe, which was perfect. The cake looked beautiful, and cut very easily. LOVE this recipe so much that I decided to take the leap and enter the Baking Challenge for the first time! Thank you for sharing such a delicious (and easy) recipe!”

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

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

collage of cookie layer cake images

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

cookie layer cake winner image


  1. This looks delicious!
    Choux pastry was always on my list for things to bake.
    Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Ruth Ann Golis says:

    Nice job on the chocolate chip cakes, they look beautiful!

  3. Catherine Smith says:

    Yes!!! Croquembouche time!! 🙂

  4. 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!!

  5. 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. Can’t wait to see what you do with this challenge, Merrily!

    2. I love the Great British Baking Show. Can’t wait to make choux pastry!

    3. 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!

      1. Good luck Erin! I’m sure you’ll do fantastic.

  6. 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. I’m glad you are excited about this one, Lisa!

      1. Carol S. Ortiz says:

        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.

  7. 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 !!

  8. 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?

  9. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    These look amazing! I totally can’t wait to try this challenge!


  10. 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.

  11. Oooh, love choux! I made some for the first time earlier this year. I can’t wait to see your recipe and tips!

  12. Excellent, I have never made this dough! Looking forward to some eclairs I think!!!!!

  13. 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!

  14. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite says:

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

    1. YES!!! Profiteroles 🙂

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. Im excited! I love cream puffs but have always been afraid to make them.

  18. 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

  19. So excited for this! Tha ks for all the work you put into this site and creating recipes!

  20. Hubby is excited for September…eclairs are his favorite! Can hardly wait for Monday.

  21. 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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