Aug 08, 2018 • By

49th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest ready for recipes

Preheat your ovens and prep your baking pans because the 49th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is open for entries.

Home cooks across the U.S. are invited to enter their original recipe, using Pillsbury refrigerated dough, along with the recipe’s backstory on BakeOff.com Pillsbury-Bake-Off-logo

The categories for the contest are:

  • Cozy Weekend Breakfasts
  • Appetizers for Any Party
  • Winning Weeknight Dinners
  • Sweet + Simple Desserts

“The story could be about a family memory, traditions, values, or an impactful moment that was the inspiration for their recipe,” says Christa Bundt, marketing communications assistant manager for Pillsbury.  

The recipe itself needs to be eight ingredients or less and the story needs to be 2,000 characters or less. 


Bundt says the contest is about celebrating home cooks with simply delicious recipes.  

“What sets the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest apart from other baking competitions – like the ones on TV where some contestants may have professional experience – is that this contest has always been about home cooks and the memories that you make with the ones you love,” says Bundt. “The recipes don’t have to be complex, they just need to be delicious and have a great story that was made at home.” 

After the four category winners are announced in January, all four finalists will be invited on a trip to New York City for an appearance on Food Network’s hit show, The Kitchen, where the grand prize winner will be revealed in February. 

Amy Nelson, a first-time Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest finalist and category winner last year in the Cozy Breakfast category from Zionville, North Carolina, found inspiration for her grand-prize winning recipe Bejeweled Cranberry-Orange Rolls in memories of cooking with her mother. 


Nelson shared the heartfelt story behind her winning recipe and what it was like finding out she was the grand prize winner, in this A Taste of General Mills podcast episode.

Nelson is the spokesperson for this year’s contest.  

“Amy was a perfect fit to be the face of and exhibit the values of this year’s Bake-Off. She’s an authentic home cook. Unlike many celebrity cooks who may have been professionally trained, have food stylists and recipe developers, Amy is someone that everyone can relate to. And through her first-hand experience, can prove that if you don’t hesitate and ‘just go for it,’ you might just win some pretty great prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” says Bundt. 

the 49th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is open for entries.  Home cooks across the U.S. are invited to enter their original recipe, using Pillsbury refrigerated dough, along with the recipe’s backstory on BakeOff.com.  

Each category winner for the 49th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest will be featured in Food Network Magazine, receive a kitchen suite of GE Appliances and $5,000 in cash. The grand prize winner; however, will be awarded with $50,000 in addition to the kitchen suite of GE Appliances. 


And in the theme of sharing memories and recipes and creating special moments at home, Bundt says all of the finalists’ recipes from this year’s contest will be available on Pillsbury.com in November, so families across the country can bake up the recipes in their own kitchens around the holidays.  

“Posting all of the finalists’ recipes – and not just the winners’ – lets us shine a spotlight on more home cooks and encourages more sharing of great baking ideas,” she says. “And, who knows, seeing the finalists’ recipes might inspire someone to enter the following year’s contest or simply make them want to think about new food traditions they could start at home.” 

Since its inception in 1949, the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest has been about inspiring home cooks everywhere to share their recipes and celebrating the stories behind them. Over the years, the contest has grown to reflect what’s happening in real homes across the country. 

Recipe and story entries for the 49th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest will be accepted online through September 12, 2018, at 11:59 a.m. (Central). 

To learn more, visit BakeOff.com or connect with Pillsbury on social media on Facebook and Instagram. 

Editor’s note: Laura Rott, the first runner-up in the inaugural Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1949 recently turned 100. The Pillsbury Doughboy stopped by her home to celebrate the milestone. Read about the celebration, Rott’s Starlight Mint Surprise Cookies recipe, and her 1949 contest experience, in this blog post

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