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June 2021 Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
June 1st, 2021

Announcing the official recipe pick for the June 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 May Baking Challenge we had a great brownie showdown of Chewy vs Fudgy Brownies! It was the most popular HTH Baking Challenge of ALL TIME!

It was so much fun seeing you guys bake both brownie recipes and having your friends or family members vote on which one was their favorite. I think we’ll have to do another battle of two recipes sometime again soon!

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 June’s Baking Challenge recipe pick. It’s already become one of our most beloved HTH recipes and I want as many people as possible to give it a try!

This month we’re celebrating summer with one of my favorite citrus flavors…


Ultra buttery and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, this Lemon Loaf Pound Cake is a summer favorite! The batter takes just minutes to make and will win the heart of any Starbucks lover!

Nothing’s more frustrating than working hard on a loaf just for it to sink in the center! Before you bake, make sure to check out my article for How to Prevent Cakes and Loaves from Sinking.

slices of homemade moist lemon loaf on a wooden board

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

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Step 1: Make a Lemon Pound Cake Loaf.

Step 2: Take a photo of your loaf and share before June 30th 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 The Trevor Project in honor of Pride Month!

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? I can’t wait to see your loaves!

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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    Karen Rosenthal — June 3, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    If I don’t have a blender, can I use the Ninja or just my hand mixer?

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      Tessa — June 4, 2021 at 9:44 am

      Your Ninja blender should work fine 🙂 A blender or food processor not only assists in making quick and easy work of making this batter, but it also helps emulsify all the rich ingredients together into a smooth batter. You can try a mixer, but it might not have QUITE the same outcome. Good luck!

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    Cathy — July 6, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    How do we find out each month who wins if you’re not on all the social media sites?

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      Tessa — July 7, 2021 at 7:54 am

      Once winners are randomly drawn and then personally confirmed, they’re announced not only on social media, but also on the blog 🙂 Each winner has 48 hours to respond before we re-pick a winner, so it sometimes can take a few days to announce. We also include a link to who won the challenge in our HTH emails, are you signed up to receive those?

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