June Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
June 1st, 2018

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

Today I’m announcing the recipe for the June Baking Challenge!

So many people joined in for May’s Best Easy Brownies that it literally had me craving brownies all. month. long! See a quick glance at some of the brownie entries at the bottom of this post.

This month a ton of you requested something fresh and fruity for summer, so I took a poll in my Facebook community and the recipe selected for June is… LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES!

Click here to get the Lemon Blueberry Cupcake Recipe.

I would definitely recommend following the recipe exactly and reading the short blog post which describes how the recipe was created with some additional cupcake baking tricks!

See the below video for how to make pretty swirled frosting like you see in these photos (this step is totally optional, just for fun). There’s even a hack for making swirled frosting without a piping bag or tips. Read the full blog post on these swirling techniques here.

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

Step 1: Make a batch of Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes.

Step 2: Take a photo of your cupcakes and share it before June 30th 11:59pm PT. You have TWO ways to share your photo to be eligible for the prize:


Upload your photo to your PUBLIC Instagram account and tag me @handletheheat AND use the hashtag #handletheheat

Facebook community

Share your photo inside my private Handle the Heat Facebook community. If you’re not already inside, click here to request access.. You must answer the questions to join. Please note that we approve everyone manually to ensure the community remains a fun and friendly place, so it may take several days for your request to be approved.

You can submit to one or the other, or to BOTH for two entries.


Every person who submits a photo following those directions will be entered into a random giveaway to win one $75 Amazon gift card! No purchase necessary.

This is open to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon, I will purchase a digital gift card from your country’s Amazon website and email it to you.

The winner 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 message the winner via the platform they posted the photo on (Facebook or Instagram). Winner must reply with Amazon.com account email address to receive gift card. If there’s no response within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? Even if you live somewhere were blueberries aren’t in season, you can use frozen! See the recipe post for more info.

PS: The winner of the May challenge will be announced this week. Good luck! xo

May Best Easy Brownie Challenge

Here’s a peek at some of the entries from last month’s challenge. You guys killed it!
Best Easy Brownies

PS: If you’d like some extra tips and tricks into making buttercream, check out this free guide I created:

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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