My son requested a Three Musketeers’ flavored birthday cake for his family birthday dinner tonight. He’s turning sixteen this week…that is absolutely one of the craziest things I have heard in awhile.
Where has the time gone? Most of us find ourselves saying that now and again, especially as we watch our children grow. That is the running theme in my head like a song that is stuck playing over and over again. Tears almost trickle down, but yet I am happy. Everything is good. Really good.
But yesterday was preschool, I am sure of it—when he was pushing his new sister in her stroller shouting to everyone to come see her. He did this for a year, exclaiming, “This is Zoie…she’s my new baby sister!” New is a relative word it seemed.
Who knew he had it all together right from the get go? Family is IT and hopefully, with a little luck, he has taken that early bit of knowledge to heart even though the crazy teen years are upon him.
One of the most important things I have tried to teach my kids is that we stick by each other through absolutely everything. It’s not always going to be smooth sailing, and sometimes the rough patches seem to outweigh the blue skies, but if we can at least face it together that is something….actually that is everything.
As parents, we are their true rock or lighthouse in a storm. We can choose to let them know that we will help see them through anything and love them for exactly who they are even if it’s not who we imagined they would be. Alternately, we can teach them that our love is conditional…if they score a goal, if they get straight A’s, if they are popular…that somehow we love them more fore these things. Scary, isn’t it? How easy it is to teach them that our love is conditional. Of course, we all fall prey to that.
Where is the balance between helping to boost their self-esteem when they succeed and yet letting them know that they can’t always be the best, but that it is OK? Although some questions seem to have no answers, I do believe there is one true parenting rule that holds fast…just love them through it all, the bad, the good and the ugly. And anyone with a teen can tell you, there will be days that are UGLY. I believe if they know that you will ALWAYS be there without fail, even when they have let you down that somehow they will make it through.
It turns out The Three Musketeers may have a message for us that still rings true…All for One and One for All. I think my son’s favorite candy bar is quite apropos tonight as I sit here contemplating parenthood and the last sixteen crazy years.
As my extended family (all 11 of us) sat around the dining table, I thought how lucky we all are to have each other. There have been great times and almost unbearable times, but yet we have stood by each other and will continue to—All for One and One for All.
—By the way, I decided to turn the cake into cupcakes so I could place pieces of the actual candy bar within each cupcake for a delicious surprise. My son said the cupcakes were awesome! He couldn’t believe how much they tasted like a Three Musketeers Bar. Both the light and airy, creamy frosting and the rich moist cake are melt-in-your mouth delicious so go ahead and make these. I will even put a 100% money back guarantee on these recipes!
Three Musketeers Cupcakes
Makes approximately 18 – 20 cupcakes
7 oz (just less than a cup) vegetable oil
1 c. buttermilk
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. granulated sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 T. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 c. boiling water
1 bag of mini Three Musketeers Bars
Creamy Whipped Chocolate Frosting
Adapted from Death By Chocolate by Marcel Desaulniers
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. unsweetened natural cocoa powder (good quality makes a huge difference)
1/4 t. salt
4 c. confectioners’ sugar
1/3 c. heavy cream
1 t. pure vanilla extract
Cake: Prepare pan by placing cupcake liners in muffin pan. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a stand mixer or mixing bowl, combine oil, buttermilk, yolks, and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer at medium speed. In another bowl, sift together (or use a wire whisk like I do to avoid sifting) sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. With mixer on LOW speed, add one third of the sifted dry ingredients to oil mixture and beat until blended. Then add one third of the hot water and slowly combine these (you don’t want the hot water to splatter on you…ouch!). Continue this process, scraping down the bowl often until all ingredients have been add and mixed.
Chop 12 mini candy bars in thirds.
Pour batter into prepared liners, 1/2 full. Place one of the 1/3 pieces of the candy bars in the batter, pushing down just slightly. Do not submerge the candybar in the batter completely. If you do, the bar sticks to the bottom of the liner and it tastes great but it does not allow the cupcake to come out of the liner entirely. If you just gently press down on the bar and then put a small spoonful of batter over the top so that the cupcake liner is about 2/3 full, that will make sure to cover the bar, but allow it to float in the batter instead of sink to the bottom.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the cake is spongy to the touch. It should bounce back when touched lightly and look firm. A toothpick test will not work here since there is a candy bar in the middle and it will always look gooey when you put the toothpick in. Cool completely before frosting.
To prepare the frosting, place 1/2 lb. of butter, the cocoa and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream the mixture on low until thoroughly combined, about 3 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar, cream and vanilla. Combine on low for 10 seconds, then increase to medium and beat for 10 more seconds. Increase to high and beat until the icing is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional minute. Remove from mixer and keep at room temperature until needed.
Frost the cupcakes generously and use the left over pieces of the candy bars to garnish atop. Enjoy!
This recipe was linked to:
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And Featured on Food Gawker
October 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm
What a beautiful post!! And those cupcakes look totally awesome!
October 4, 2010 at 8:34 am
October 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm
Awesome blog as always! Your chocolate blogs & pumpkin blogs are my favorite. If you never write about anything else, that would be fine. This blog especially means a lot to me right now, b/c I’ve had the same thoughts lately about my babies growing up so fast and not being babies anymore. It seems there is that fine line to walk between letting them figure things out for themselves and telling them how to fix there problems. I feel like if they know we are here for them and be willing to really listen, then we are on the right track. It’s so important to me that the kids KNOW they can talk to me about anything!! In another words, I can relate!! Great blog!!!!
October 4, 2010 at 8:35 am
Thank you! I think my theme was inspired by one of your last posts! 🙂 They are just growing so fast!
October 4, 2010 at 5:33 am
My daughter would love these.
October 4, 2010 at 8:35 am
Anyone who loves creamy, rich chocolate would go crazy. I did.
October 4, 2010 at 9:59 am
This is such a great site. I’m always looking for new and interesting baked goods. Love when someone pushes the envelope!
October 4, 2010 at 10:04 am
Glad you have discovered my site and hope you keep stopping by. I’ll try to keep pushing the envelope.
October 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Great job Geni, touching post! Its nice to sometimes read more than recipes 🙂
October 5, 2010 at 8:48 am
Thanks! How’s the cupcake biz going? Your paintball ones were over the top!
October 5, 2010 at 4:22 am
Over the last few months I have really enjoyed reading your blog so much. And what you wrote about family I think is absolutely wonderful. You and your husband seem like terrific parents. I love that you have been incorporating candy’s into your baking. The cupcakes look so yummy. where did you get the cupcake liners? they are beautiful.
October 5, 2010 at 8:44 am
Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope my kids think that we were good parents when they are sitting in their therapist’s office 20 years from now! Believe it or not, the liners were from my local chain store market—Ralph’s. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them! 🙂 Everyone blogs about Bake it Pretty but I haven’t shopped there yet.
October 5, 2010 at 7:31 am
You seriously post the most gorgeous things! These are to die for! I like the message to your kids that you stick through everything together. My mom gets jealous of me and my siblings when we actually get along, and always tries to put a wedge in our relationships. Even though we’re all grown adults. It’s so frustrating, and ultimately, no one sticks together. I want my future kids to have close relationships with one another!
October 5, 2010 at 8:46 am
Wow…thank you for all your nice comments. The gorgeousness is due to my husband and daughter. They are both artists and are great at making things look good. I make things taste good. That’s all I can do! 🙂
October 5, 2010 at 7:42 am
Hi Geni, this looks really yummy and so decadent! i love this:) ps: i love the cupcake liners they are so pretty.
October 5, 2010 at 8:47 am
Oh my gosh…we had left-over cupcakes last night. The whole family looked forward to them all day. We kept saying to each other, “We have cupcakes in the fridge!” The liners were just from my local chain market if you can believe that. CRAZY! I loved them too.
October 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm
This is such a sweet post. I dont have kids, but I do agree that time seems to just fly by. I remember when I turned 16 . . . that was a good year. 🙂
As always, the cupcakes look amazing. I still think you should come and cook for me!
October 7, 2010 at 8:15 am
I can ship something to you perhaps? CANADA???!!!!
October 6, 2010 at 11:20 am
Thanks for your comment–regarding my neighbor vs yours!! I think I’ll keep mine–thanks!! It seems only a cupcake birthday or two since my boys were little–then sixteen–then out of college–then married! Where did that time go?
The cupcakes look delicious and might end up on the table for my book group meeting later this month.
We used to live in La Jolla. Are you that far south?
October 7, 2010 at 8:15 am
Let me know how the cupcakes go. I am in the Los Angeles area. La Jolla is beautiful but farm life sounds pretty sweet too. Thank you for the nice words.
October 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm
What a beautiful post. Happy bday to your son!! Those look delicious!
October 7, 2010 at 8:14 am
Thank you. I will let him know you wish him a happy birthday. 🙂 It’s today! (10/7)
October 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm
I love the frosting, so light and fluffy.
October 7, 2010 at 8:13 am
Me too! 🙂 Glad you got to share them with us.
October 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm
Hi, Geni. You and I have the same taste (chocolate malt, marshmallows, and now Three Musketeers!). I enjoyed the post, as usual.
October 7, 2010 at 8:12 am
How can you go wrong with those flavor combinations?! The swiss roll looks fab…I just took a peek.
October 7, 2010 at 5:28 am
wow!I can definitely see why he would request these!
October 7, 2010 at 8:11 am
We all have been dreaming about more since the last one left my fridge.
October 7, 2010 at 11:38 am
ooooh do these look yummmmmmmmy!!!!
October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm
I wish I still had more! Your chocolate stuffed brioche look pretty amazing too!
October 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Oh my goodness…these just look divine! Once again, I wish I could reach into my monitor and grab one! I love your cupcake liners!
October 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm
My cupcake liners are very popular it seems! :p
October 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Beautiful post. I have an idea – instead of me making these, how about I hire you to make them! Just kidding but I don’t think I could do as good a job. My piping skills are non existent. Have a great week.
November 2, 2010 at 11:29 am
So just spread on the creamy frosting with a butter knife and stick a piece of the candy bar in. It will look just fine! 🙂
December 19, 2010 at 3:08 am
Wow!! Your cupcakes look great!! I Love them, I’ll certainly try your recipe soon:))
GReets from BFC!!!
December 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm
This is such a sweet post with such a sweet message! I’m not much older than your son (23) but it’s definitely true that once i realized that my parents would be there for me no matter what, I stopped trying to hide things from them and we had a much more open, happier relationship. These days, we never fight about anything (other than the fact that they are picky eaters 😛 )
These cupcakes are gorgeously decadent! 3 musketeers are my favorites as well! I’ll have to try these.
May 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Woe! Gorgeous and decadent cupcakes!!! My family would love these gems!!!
May 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm
What beautifully tempting treats! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
October 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm
I’m wondering if these candies would be good in a vanilla cupcake?
February 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Pinned (crediting you, and your blog w/ the link back) these on pinterest! They are the very best I have ever eaten.
February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm
You tried them?!!!! You are so sweet to report back with such a great review! Thanks so much!
August 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm
Right! I’ve just printed out three of your cup cake recipes (this one, red velvet from hummingbird, and the red velvet from halloween) and am about to embark on a 30th birthday (mine) baking adventure. Wish me luck!
September 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm
I used this chocolate buttercream frosting and it was awesome! Great for piping, it’s now my staple go-to choc buttercream.
September 5, 2012 at 10:00 am
It’s definitely my all-time favorite chocolate frosting as well. Thanks for the follow-up! 🙂 Happy Birthday!
September 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm
I make these ALL the time for my boyfriend’s family. First for him because he’s such a big Three Musketeer guy, and now his family because they loved them. I find the cooking time is sort of hard to get down because sometimes they just don’t cook all the way through (or at least, I had one person ask if they were undercooked and so now I’m nervous even though I’m pretty sure she was just confused by the 3 Musketeer inside), but I cook them for an extra 5-6 minutes and test around the sides to be extra sure.
Thank you so much for this recipe! ❤
September 7, 2013 at 6:35 am
I’m so glad you and your family have enjoyed the cupcakes and it’s so sweet that you stopped by to let me know. I have not had a varying cooking time with these guys. Maybe test your oven with a cheap oven thermometer. A friend recommended that to me when I was having baking time woes and she was so right…it was running 25 degrees above what it should. Take care.