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July 2021 Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
July 1st, 2021

Announcing the official recipe pick for the July Baking Challenge! All of the details and rules for how to participate in the challenge for a chance to win one of the PRIZES are detailed below.

Last month for the June Baking Challenge we made Lemon Loaf Pound Cake to kick off summer together!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in.

Once winners are randomly drawn and then personally confirmed, they’ll be announced on the blog and on social media, as always. Each winner has 48 hours to respond before we re-pick a winner, so it sometimes can take a few days to announce.

Without further ado, I am super excited to share JULY’S Baking Challenge recipe pick.

This month we’ll be staying cool with…

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM – in any flavor!

You can enjoy the vanilla ice cream recipe as it is – even vanilla ice cream haters love this recipe! Or, use my base French Vanilla Ice Cream recipe and get as creative as you’d like with any flavors, mix-ins, toppings, etc.! Lots of customization ideas are listed on the challenge landing page.

No ice cream maker? Not to worry! I share 5 methods for How to Make Ice Cream Without A Machine here.

P.S. Make sure to check out the *new and improved* challenge page – we’ve added lots more content and sections to make every challenge even more delicious and easier to join!

a tin full of homemade french vanilla ice cream with a scoop of ice cream in the middle

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

(Read completely!)

Step 1: Make a batch of Homemade Ice Cream in ANY flavor you’d like.

Step 2: Take a photo of your ice cream and share before July 31st at 11:59pm PT.

Here’s how to share your photo:

Click here to access the challenge landing page. This is where you can get all the latest details, enter the challenge, and see other entries.

Click the button that says “SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY” – this will pop up a little widget where you can submit your photo:

  • You can select your entry photo from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, OR upload directly from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

There’s also a few optional bonus entries to increase your chances of winning!


Two $75 digital gift cards! Available to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon. I will order the cards in your currency for the USD equivalent of $75.

The winners will be selected randomly; so don’t worry about taking a perfect picture. Your photos may be put on display to share with my entire audience – that’s hundreds of thousands of people! I will email the winners. Winner must reply within 2 business days or a new winner will be chosen. Official rules are listed in the entry widget.

Giving Back

Here at Handle the Heat, we believe in spreading joy in all the ways we can, and making the world a better place one day at a time.

For each valid entry, Handle the Heat will donate $1 to Donate Life America. This is a charity that is near and dear to my heart and I’m honored to highlight them this month.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? I can’t wait to see what flavor of ice cream you make!

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Nurul — July 18, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Do we get any certificate by joining this. I’m sorry just asking because I want my student to join ur challenge.. It would be my honor if u can get the participants a appreciate paper. Thank u very much.

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      Tessa — July 19, 2021 at 10:32 am

      Unfortunately, no, we don’t have certificates to print out, though that would be so much fun!

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