Oct 03, 2013 • By

4 trends in the 100 Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest finalists

The lineup is set. We now know all of the 100 recipes that will compete in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest next month in Las Vegas.

You can see them at

This map shows the geographic breakdown of the finalists (Click the image below to go to the Bake-Off website, to interact with the map).

Bake-Off map

The 100 home cooks who created the recipes will make them under the bright lights of the Bake-Off Contest on November 11.

For the first time, the finalists were chosen by online voters, after judges in our Bake-Off Kitchens reviewed all the recipe submissions and narrowed the field. The process stretched out over the last several months.

The recipes fit into three contest categories: Amazing Doable Dinners, Simple Sweets and Starters and Quick Rise and Shine Breakfasts.

The Bake-Off team says four major themes emerged among this year’s fortunate 100:

1. Sriracha is becoming as mainstream as ketchup or salsa

Our love for spicier foods has turned Sriracha, an Asian-inspired hot sauce made from sun-ripened chiles, into a kitchen staple for many. Several Bake-Off Finalists used Sriracha, along with other heat inducing ingredients like chili oil, chili paste and chipotle, this year to spice up their breakfast and dinner entries.

2. Food mashups strive to prove two is better than one

From chicken and waffles to the cronut craze of 2013, people have long loved to combine two tasty favorites to create a new, single dish. This year, finalists used food mashups to bring new life to classic recipes by incorporating surprising ingredients and flavor combinations. Like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

3. Make vegetables a treat, not a trick

Many families are trying to incorporate more vegetables and greens into their daily diets. This year, Bake-Off Finalists found fun and unexpected ways to showcase vegetables in their dishes, making them delicious enough to persuade even the pickiest of eaters to take a bite.

4. A surprise twist on traditional baked goods

Traditional baked goods were infused with hidden ingredients, redefining expectations and surprising and delighting eaters. From preserves to vegetables, Bake-Off Finalists added new flavors and textures to put their own spin on iconic recipes.

Editor’s note: “A Taste of General Mills” will cover the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest on November 10 and 11. For more information about the contest, visit