Well, Warren Brown got the most votes, followed by mine, followed by Cooks Illustrated, followed by the pound cake.
But....they all got a good amounts of votes.
So what did I learn? Everyone has a different opinion about what makes a good cupcake. I think it might be a very difficult thing to find one cupcake that everyone agrees on.
However, I feel strongly that my recipe is tasty. And I will continue to make it and use a lighter buttercream (Swiss Meringue) with it. In the meantime I will continue my quest.