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February 2021 Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
February 1st, 2021

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

Today I’m announcing the February 2021 Baking Challenge!

Last month we made Ultimate Cheesecake for the first challenge of the new year. It was one of our most popular challenges ever!

I was thrilled to see how many of you said this was the first time you ever felt confident enough to bake a cheesecake. And I didn’t see a single crack in anyone’s cheesecakes!

I’ll be drawing the winners for that soon, so keep an eye on your email inbox if you joined. Once winners are confirmed they’ll be announced here on the blog and on social media, as always.

I am incredibly excited to share what we’ll be baking for this month’s challenge. It involves my most favorite flavor of all time.

Without further ado, the February Baking Challenge recipe selection is…


chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting on a white background

The chocolate cupcakes are incredibly moist and tender without being too delicate or crumbly. And the homemade chocolate frosting is just oh so light and creamy. Top them with some red and pink sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself the perfect chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day!

As you prepare to make this recipe and gather your ingredients, I highly recommend you check out my blog post about the #1 Most Important Thing to Know About Cocoa Powder.

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

(Read completely!)

Step 1: Make a batch of my Best Chocolate Cupcakes.

Step 2: Take a photo of your cupcakes and share it before February 28th 11:59pm MST.

Here’s how to share your photo:

Click here to access the challenge landing page. This is where you can get all the latest details, enter the challenge, and see other entries.

Click the button that says “SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY” – this will pop up a little widget where you can submit your photo:

  • You can select your entry photo from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, OR upload directly from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

There’s also a few optional bonus entries to increase your chances of winning!


Two $75 digital gift cards! Available to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon. I will order the cards in your currency for the USD equivalent of $75.

The winners 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 email the winners. Winner must reply within 2 business days or a new winner will be chosen. Official rules are listed in the entry widget.

Giving Back

Here at Handle the Heat, we believe in spreading joy in all the ways we can, and making the world a better place one day at a time.

For each valid entry, Handle the Heat will donate $1 to the Equal Justice Initiative to honor Black History Month.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? I can’t wait to see your cupcakes!

Tessa Arias

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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    jigsaw puzzles — February 2, 2021 at 12:02 am

    They look so fascinating!

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    frances — February 11, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Classic. A chocolate cupcake is the best for Valentines Day!

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