Announcing the Explorers on the Quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake

Announcing the Explorers on the Quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake


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Hi, I'm Stef! Welcome to my kitchen, home to over 1000 recipes! Join me on my quest to push baking boundaries and live creatively both in and out of the kitchen.
Happy exploring!

Over 500 of you volunteered to join me on the Quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake.  Working my way through the list and narrowing it down to just 50 was a tremendously difficult task. Your comments have made me laugh, get enough warm fuzzies to make a giant quilt, and want to give all of you a huge group hug.

The team that I selected has a wide range of backgrounds.  Some have only baked cake mixes before, some are from-scratch bakers who are regularly called upon to bake cupcakes for family and friends, while still others are pastry school students, professional bakers, and cupcake shop owners who sell either out of their homes, farmers’ market stands, or brick and mortar shops.  Some have a favorite chocolate cupcake recipe already that they plan to compare this one against.  Others have tried a few and haven’t found a favorite.

What the Explorers all have in common is a passion for cupcakes and an excitement about working together to find a recipe that everyone can share!

Once the Cupcake Project Explorers decide on an Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe, I will post it on Cupcake Project with confidence that you’ll love it!

The Explorers are:

  1. Anne Ahiers
  2. Lisa Allen
  3. Shannon Armour
  4. Christy Augustin
  5. Nydea  Aviles
  6. Alice Barton
  7. Amy Cardenas
  8. Tina Corpus
  9. Chelsea DuPont
  10. Jack and Denise East
  11. Kelly Egan 
  12. Dana Ellis
  13. Brooke Ford
  14. Melissa Fowler
  15. Jenie Gao
  16. Randi Gordon
  17. Erin Guymon
  18. Erin Hanson
  19. Caitlin Hogan
  20. Loretta  Holland
  21. Katie Howard Clemens
  22. JJ
  23. Penny Knapik
  24. Leslie Koch
  25. Meredith Kroot
  26. Natasha Kuo
  27. Karoline Leopold
  28. Libby Levinson
  29. Ann Longino
  30. Meghan Lydon
  31. Crystal Marsh
  32. Lauren Mirecki
  33. Gabby Mooningham
  34. Alicia Ooi
  35. Amy Parsons
  36. Kori Podjan
  37. Natalie Purcel
  38. Leslie  Reese
  39. Cyn  Richardson
  40. Katryna Robinson
  41. Jo Ruksenas
  42. Patty Rusin
  43. Sarah Sherman
  44. Breanna Smith
  45. Debbie  Vassil
  46. Kimberly Waltman
  47. Jean Weiss
  48. Ashley Welsh
  49. Semaira Williams
  50. Cathy Wood

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the new team!  If your name is on this list, look for an email in the next day or two with details and the recipe so that you can get started!

Deep and sincere thanks to all who applied.  If you were not chosen, you may still be picked for future rounds if any of the Explorers drop out.

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22 comments on “Announcing the Explorers on the Quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake”

  1. cupsbykim says:

    Way to go explorers!! You’ll love it!! Can’t wait for the Ultimate Chocolate to be chosen!!

  2. Thought I would be picked because I was from a different country (Brazil). :( Oh well, hope to see the recipe here soon anyway and congrats to all the chosen ones! Do a good job! :)

  3. Nisha says:

    superb. can’t wait!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am SOOO excited!!!!! I now have renewed purpose in my life and a justified reason to bake and eat – oops, I meant “test” – chocolate cupcakes. Thank you for choosing me.

    Patty Rusin
    “Chocolate saves lives.”

  5. Anne says:

    EXCITEMENT!
    i’m so excited to be part of the team and can’t wait to get my bake on
    Let’s Do This!

    Anne Ahiers

  6. Katrynar says:

    Oh my gosh I am sooooooo excited!!!!! Thank you thank you! I can’t wait to get started!!

  7. Penny says:

    I’m so excited to be working on this! Especially because it means I will be baking something other than cookies this week. And, well, because I have an excuse to cheat on my diet. It’s for SCIENCE! Thanks!!

  8. Natasha says:

    Oh wow! I’m so excited and I can’t wait to bake! Thanks =)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, can’t wait to get started! :)

  10. Agos says:

    Aw I didn’t make it :( Maybe I should have written something in the comments? Hehe. Anyway, why have only 50 explorers when you can have 500? Although it would take a lot of time to read the reviews :P

  11. Randi says:

    Yay!!! I can’t wait to get started. I was always a science geek :-)

  12. Looking forward to the ultimate chocolate cupcake, because, I am always dyingforchocolate… very exciting..

  13. natalie says:

    I’m so excited to be one of the “the chosen ones” ;)
    I’m baking these up tomorrow and I can hardly wait!!!
    I think I’m going to make your ultimate vanilla ones as well :)

  14. Amy Cardenas says:

    Yay!!! So excited for this challenge!!!! Can’t believe I was picked, but so glad that I was! :D

  15. Eeeh! I’m getting started as soon as I get home from work!

  16. Alice Barton says:

    Ohh I am SOOO excited and happy to be one of the lucky chosen ones! so looking forward to this. xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

  17. Oh man! I can’t wait until this is posted! I’m in desperate need of a great chocolate cupcake recipe.

  18. Sahar says:

    I am very excited about this!

  19. Stacey says:

    How’s the progress coming along, bakers? I’m drooling over here waiting for the recipe.. ;)

  20. Anonymous says:

    When is the reveal going to occur?

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