Remove pan from the oven, carefully insert an unwrapped 3 Musketeers candy into the top of each of the cupcakes, very lightly pressing it down just past the surface, and “breaking” the surface. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until the edges of the cupcakes have shown the very first signs of browning. Remove from the oven and allow cupcakes to cool in the muffin pan before attempting to remove them. If desired, frost them or glaze them. Cupcakes will keep in an airtight container on the countertop or refrigerator for up to one week.
For Fluffy Buttercream Frosting (shown here) combine 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 to 3+ cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear is ideal if you want to keep frosting whiter), and a splash of cream or milk as necessary, and beat until very fluffy and smooth (in a stand mixer, paddle for at least 3-4 minutes for extremely fluffy frosting). Frost cupcakes as desired with a spoon, pastry bag, or plastic baggie with the corner cut off.
For Cream Cheese Frosting, combine 1/4 cup softened cream cheese, 1 to 2 tablespoons softened butter (optional), 2 to 3+ cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear is ideal), and a splash of cream or milk as necessary, and beat until very fluffy and smooth. Frost cupcakes as desired.
For Vanilla Glaze, combine 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 to 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear is ideal), and 2 tablespoons+ cream or milk, and whisk until very smooth. Glaze cupcakes as desired, either by dipping the tops into a bowl of glaze or drizzling the glaze over the top of cupcakes.
To keep vegan, choose a vegan cake mix, use a flax egg or other egg replacer, use vegan candy. Use margarine and vegan cream cheese as desired for the frosting. To keep gluten free, use gluten free cake mix and gluten free candy. Ensure all products used are suitable for your own dietary needs.