Vegan Mojito Cupcakes

Mojitos! Not just a great cocktail or excellent laser projector, but now also in the form of these incredible vegan cupcakes made by our shop foreman and masterful baker Dre Moore. These were too good not to share, we hope you get to make them and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  •  ½ cup soy milk
  •  ½ cup mint leaves
    (bruised)
  •  1½ cups all-purpose flour
  •  1½ teaspoons baking powder
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  •  ½ cup unsalted vegan butter (at room temperature)
  •  cup granulated sugar
  •  2 flax eggs (1 Tbsp ground flax to 3 Tbsp warm water – mix and let sit for proper mucilage texture to form
  • Zest and juice of 1½ limes
  •  tablespoons white rum
  •  ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

TO BRUSH THE CUPCAKES:

  •  tablespoons white rum
  •  sprigs fresh mint

FOR THE FROSTING:

  •  1½ cups vegan butter (at room temperature)
  •  4¼ cups powdered sugar
  •  1½ tablespoons lime juice
  •  tablespoons white rum

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the soy milk and the ½ cup mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm until just starting to steam (do not simmer), then remove from the heat and cover. Let steep for 15 to 30 minutes. Once finished, strain the milk into a bowl using a fine mesh sieve. The milk may appear curdled or clumpy, but don’t worry, it will come back together. Press on any milk solids and mint leaves to extract all the liquid possible. Give the milk a quick stir to smooth it out and set aside.
  2. While the mint is steeping in the soy milk, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light, and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the flax eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  6. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and rum. Mix until combined. (The mixture may start to look curdled at this point, but don’t worry, it will all come back together, power on!)
  7. Reduce the mixer speed low. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the soy milk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated, using a rubber spatula to give it one last mix by hand.
  8. Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until just slightly golden and a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pan at the halfway point.
  9. While the cupcakes are baking, combine the rum and mint sprigs in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat until the rum is heated through (do not let it simmer). Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let steep until ready to use.
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the mint-infused rum. Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.
  11. To make the frosting, whip the butter on medium-high speed of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl until all is incorporated. Give it a mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the lime juice and rum and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy. If the frosting appears a bit too soft, add some additional sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached. Frost cupcakes and garnish, if desired, with a lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint.

Enjoy!

New video: How a laser projector works

One of the questions we get all the time at X-Laser is “How do laser projectors actually work?” so we made a short video explaining how scanning and color mixing work together to create the shapes we all love.

We go through the layout and basic components common in most modern semiconductor laser light show projectors, then talk a bit about the specific signals used to control galvanometer scanners and laser diodes while showing you exactly how a circle is made.

Laser Spirograph – QuackmasterDan – https://www.instructables.com/id/Four-Motor-Laser-Spirograph/

Music – Weero & Mitte – Our Dive – https://soundcloud.com/nocopyrightsounds/weero-mitte-our-dive-ncs-release

Laser Visualization with XLERATE

Visualizers are powerful tools for any lighting designer, now with our free XLERATE tool you can plug our Mercury equipped laser systems into Capture or Realizzer.

Join X-Laser product development genius Andrew Berry and our guest lighting designer, Dustin Derry of Stonewolf Studios as they give you an overview of how XLERATE works with Realizzer and Chamsys. Want a copy of this free tool? Visit: XLERATE.X-Laser.com Also you can check out Dustin’s great work and upcoming live streams at: www.STONEWOLF.com

Lasers at MAGFest

It’s #MAGFEST time! MAGFest is a music and gaming festival right in X-Laser’s backyard. It’s an incredibly fun event for anyone into gaming of all kinds. This year our friends at Nomad Event Systems are providing lasers and lighting for the main stage with the very talented Christof Krztov running the 4 Skywriter HPX M-5 lasers from Pangolin’s Beyond. Nice work team!


Lasers live is back!

Join us on Facebook live and YouTube Dec 24th at 8 eastern for our live laser yule log and on January 7th as a guest LD and our product development genius introduce you to our free XLERATE tool.

Create amazing Aurora effects with lasers and a trip to the hardware store

Smooth, ethereal, otherworldly looking aurora effects are rarely seen, but can be incredibly moving. We go a little into the history of these “Lumia” effects, how they’re made and how you can create your own with a laser and a trip to the hardware store.

Materials used in video:
Glass tubing – https://www.mcmaster.com/8729k37
Acrylic bar – https://www.mcmaster.com/1227t169
DP100 epoxy – https://www.mcmaster.com/7467a227

Music:
Slow Motion by Bensound.com

References and further reading:
http://illuminatuslightshow.com/
The Wobbulator – http://wobbsite.com/index.html
The Laser Galaxy projector – http://www.laserspectacles.com/products/lumia-projector/
Clavilux in action – https://youtu.be/icGdtUQy5qQ
https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/lumia
http://images.library.yale.edu/madid/showthumb.aspx?q1=1375&qc1=contains&qf1=subject1&qx=1004.2

Images used:
Alanis Morissette, Livet at sunset – Photo by Roland zh
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alanis_Morissette_-_%27Livet_at_sunset%27_2012-07-16_22-14-03.jpg
Concert of Asyl at the Boule Noire, Paris, 29 April 2009 – Photo by Adrian Tombu
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asyl_en_concert_(3493849930).jpg
Anthony Snape Concert – Photo by Christopher Snape
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Designer_Lighting.JPG
Ripples and sunlight pattern in the shallow part of Brofjorden at Holländaröd, Lysekil Municipality, Sweden – Photo by W. Carter
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ripples_dispersing_sunlight_into_underwater_rainbows_in_Brofjorden.jpg
Aurora Borealis observed in Norway on 2006-10-28 – Photo by Rafal Konieczny
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aurora_Borealis_NO.JPG
Aurora borealis in Abisko National Park near Torneträsk lake in Sweden – Photo by Pavel.shyshkouski
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aurora_in_Abisko_near_Tornetr%C3%A4sk.jpg
Aurora Borealis in Estonia – Photo by Kristian Pikner
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virmalised_18.03.15_(4).jpg