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May 2021 Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 1st, 2021

Announcing the official recipe picks for the May 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 April Baking Challenge we made my Best Birthday Cake recipe! I LOVED seeing all of your beautiful cakes (and cupcakes!).

Once winners are confirmed they’ll be announced on the blog and on social media, as always.

I am super excited to share May’s Baking Challenge details.

We’re doing something we’ve NEVER done before…

You guys get to choose between TWO brownie recipes!!! ⁠ You get to pick whether you want to make CHEWY or FUDGY Brownies.

Want to do your own brownie experimenting and make BOTH recipes? You’ll get 5 extra bonus points (and not just brownie points!) and have a better chance of winning the prizes! Just make sure to submit two photos – one photo of each brownie recipe.

P.S. The key to glossy brownie crust? Dissolve your sugar properly! I share my 4 methods for achieving that perfectly thin, shiny, crinkly crust in this article.

fudgy vs chewy brownies

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

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Step 1: Make Chewy Brownies AND/OR Fudgy Brownies.

  • Want to make both recipes? You’ll get 5 extra bonus points and have a better chance of winning the prizes! Just make sure to submit one photo of each brownie recipe.

Step 2: Take a photo(s) of your brownies and share before May 31st 11:59pm PT.

Here’s how to share your photo(s):

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(s):

  • You can select your entry photo from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, OR upload directly from your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can only submit one photo at a time, so you’ll be prompted to upload your second brownie photo (if applicable) after the first photo is uploaded.
  • Follow these same directions for your second brownie photo, if you make both recipes. You can come back to the entry widget at anytime before the end of the month to add your second brownie photo if you choose to make both.

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 Ivy Brain Tumor Foundation, in honor of national Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

NOTE: During the month of May, all donations made to the Barrow Neurological Foundation in support of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center will be DOUBLED by a generous donor. So every dollar we raise will actually become $2!!

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? I can’t wait to see which brownie you guys love more!

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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