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Quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake – Call for Explorers

With the hundreds of recipes I have developed for this blog, the one that I am most proud of is the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake.  I worked on the recipe for months, both on my own and with the help of an incredible team of Cupcake Project Explorers.  I still get comments on the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake recipe almost daily from folks letting me know that it’s their new favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.  I also know of several bakeries that are using it as their signature vanilla cupcake.
Many of you have asked when I would share a recipe for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake.  Those of you who follow Cupcake Project on Facebook already know that I’ve been testing chocolate cupcake recipes for months.  After baking 28 different chocolate cupcake recipes, I finally have one that I think is the Ultimate.
So, Where’s the Recipe?

As with the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake, I refuse to call my recipe the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake until it’s been baked by a 50 baker team of testers (Explorers).  If 60% or more of the Explorers agree that it’s the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe, I will declare it as such (there’s no recipe that everyone can agree on).  If the Explorers don’t love it, I’ll take their comments into consideration, go back to the cupcake tin, and try again.  (With the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake, the Explorers baked three different recipes before declaring a winner.)
How to Become a Cupcake Project Explorer and Get to Try My Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Before it is PostedUpdate 6/28/12: The Explorers have been chosen.  Thanks to all who volunteered!

I’m looking for 50 bakers at all different skill levels to test my proposed Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe.

Here are the details:

  • You must be able to bake one batch of chocolate cupcakes (the recipe makes 12 cupcakes) and fill out the feedback form between Sunday, July 1 and the end of the day on Saturday, July 7.
  • Signing up to be an Explorer does not guarantee you a spot.  I’ll be looking for a good mix of skill levels – please apply if you’ve never baked a cupcake in your life, you are a professional pastry chef, or you’re anywhere in between.
  • If chosen, you will be sent the recipe by Sunday, July 1.  You are required to keep the recipe a secret until I give you the go-ahead to share it.  This means no blog posts, Facebook status updates, Tweets, etc., that contain the recipe or your review of the recipe.  However, feel free to share the fact that you’ve been chosen as an Explorer.
  • If chosen, you may proudly display an Explorer badge on your blog (I’ll send all of the Explorers code to put a badge on their sites).  Having a blog and posting the badge is not a requirement for participation.
  • The recipe that I will be providing uses weight measurements so you must have or be willing to buy a kitchen scale.
  • If 60% or more of the Explorers declare the cupcake to be the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe,  I will post the recipe on Cupcake Project and give the Explorers the go-ahead to write about the recipe. I will add links back to their posts from my post.
  • If the Explorers do not deem this recipe to be the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe, I will present them with another recipe to try.  Explorers will have the option of staying on and trying other chocolate cupcake recipes until one is declared the Ultimate or giving up their slot.

If you were an Explorer in the Quest for the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake, you are not eligible for this quest.  You are now, however, an Explorer Alumnus and you may be called upon to complete special missions – keep an eye on your Inbox in the coming months.

Sign Up Now

If you are interested in becoming an Explorer, fill out the sign up form now.

Special Thanks

Huge thanks to Emma from SnapStories for designing the logo and badges for this program.  Her books make the perfect baby gifts, shower gifts, or birthday presents – go buy some and tell her I sent you!

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25 Responses to Quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake – Call for Explorers

  1. JJ @ 84thand3rd June 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    How fun that I came across your blog just in time to see this! I could get lost here for days 😉

  2. Juliana Morgado June 25, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I’m so getting into this challenge. :)

  3. Tricia Sullivan June 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Soooo excited!!

  4. Debbie June 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    So fun!!

  5. Stephmichellle June 28, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    The vanilla cupcake recipe was divine! I’m so excited about this one!

  6. enthusiastic cook July 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Why not try the recipe for chocolate cake on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa box? That’s what I use (except I reduce the baking powder, baking soda, and sugar by a little). I also have been known to use hot coffee instead of hot water.

  7. Tara August 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    ooooh I wish I would have found your blog a few months ago!! I would have loooooved to do this! i hope you do another one someday! Any flavour! Do you have an ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe yet? I know it is a cupcake blog, but that would be fun. I’ve been searching for that for years. for awhile my favourite was the famous Mrs. Fields copycat one, but I found it only worked consistently in my parents oven! Whenever I tried it with a friend, or moved out of my parents house and tried at my home, it never worked. Also, I lived in India and it didn’t work there and now i live in England and it doesn’t work here! Wierd. So my fave now is the America’s test kitchen one. It is consistently good, but still isn’t as good as (some) bakery’s. I’ll always be seeking this!

  8. Clair August 15, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Can’t wait to see this recipe. I made your ultimate vanilla cupcakes and everyone loved them including me and i am fussy :) You are doing a great job!!!

  9. Nazeelah Hendricks September 14, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    i made the vanilla cupcake. Then BEST EVER!!! Super excited for the choc one. How can i subscribe to take part in the next challenge?

  10. Anonymous November 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    I made your vanilla cupcake recipe and I love it! Has the quest for the ultimate chocolate recipe completed? When do you expect to post the chocolate cupcake recipe?

    Thank you!

  11. Rachel December 28, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Did you find the ultimate chocolate cupcake yet???

    • Stef December 28, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Not yet. :( Getting close though – I hope. I’ve made 0ver 60 chocolate cupcakes since starting this thing.

  12. Anonymous January 28, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Have you got the ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE yet? Soooo exited!!!!

  13. Anonymous February 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    dying to try it!

  14. Anonymous February 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Waiting for the recipe for ultimate chocolate cupcakes recipe. Pls update us . Thanx

  15. Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Are you still looking for the ultimate chocolate cupcake?? Its been close to ten months?

    • Stef April 2, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      Shockingly, I still am. I feel like I’m so close. The Explorers rated the last recipe at almost 50% (we need 60), but I’m not there yet. I’m so sorry that it’s taken so long. I never imagined that it would.


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