Living & Eating on Long Island's East End 
          Chocolate Stout Mug Cake, for the Irish in all of us

My name is Monique Singhroy. I'm a 2-time Emmy Award winning TV Producer and writer.

Having been in the business for over 20 years,
I was always too busy to to do many of things I love like cooking and creative writing. It wasn't until I moved to the East End of Long Island that I finally had the time to pursue my other interests.  I truly feel blessed to be living out here. 

The East End includes 
The Hamptons, Montauk, as well as the North Fork. Both forks have some of the most amazing scenery, including some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but there's also miles of farmland, vineyards, wetlands, plus a rich clamming history that continues to this day.

When I moved out east and realized I was surrounded not just by the bounty of the sea, but also the local farms and vineyards, as well as hundreds of years of history, I couldn't wait to explore my new environment.

That's what this blog is about.  Living, exploring, discovering, news, food, history and sharing those experiences. It's kind of like a potluck dinner, some of this and some of that. My potluck is your potluck.

After the success of the red wine brownies for Valentine's Day, I started looking around for something tasty to make for St. Patrick's Day.

That was when I came upon Mima Sinclair's mug cakes via "The Daily Meal."  The specific recipe that caught my eye was her Guinness Mug Cake recipe made with Guinness Stout.

So you know I just had to try it, but instead I used a local East End Stout.  I chose to make mine with Long Ireland's Breakfast Stout, because it's actually made with coffee. 

Long Ireland Beer Company is a fairly new brewery on the East End. Based in Riverhead, they've been distributing since 2009, but only began operating their own brewery in 2011.

The next challenge was finding a mug to microwave the cakes in. My hodgepodge collection of coffee mugs and tea cups are pretty scary looking. They were the last thing I wanted to create something delicious in that would then be photographed. 

So I asked my husband if I could use some of the good stuff. He collects Pfaltzgraff dishes, but we hardly ever use the pieces, so somehow I talked him into using them for my mug project.

The mug cake recipe is easy to follow. The entire cake is made in a mug. I tweaked it a bit by not using as much butter or sugar in mine, but that's a personal choice. They're super easy and fun to make, especially with kids, because there's no cooking or hot stoves involved.

You can find more versions of Mima Sinclair's Mug Cakes in her book, "Mug Cakes. 40 Speedy Cakes to make in the microwave."  There's different flavors for other holidays and occasions as well. Erin go Braugh!

For the cake:

    2 Tablespoons butter
    1 ½ Ounce  dark chocolate, broken into pieces
    1  medium egg
    3 Tablespoons  stout, preferably Guinness
    3 Tablespoons  brown sugar
    4 Tablespoons  all-purpose flour
    ¼ Tablespoon  baking powder
     Pinch of  salt

Place the butter and chocolate in a 1 ½ cup mug and microwave until melted, 10 to 20 seconds.
Add the egg to the mug and beat with a fork until combined.
Stir though the Guinness, then add the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt and beat again until smooth.
Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes at 600W, 1 minute 45 seconds at 800W or 1 minute 30 seconds at 1000W.
Leave to cool.

For the icing:

    3 Tablespoons  confectioners sugar
    1 ½ Tablespoon  cream cheese
    ½ Tablespoon  white sprinkles

Beat sugar and cream cheese together til smooth, then spread over the cooled cake, swirling with the back of a spoon.
Scatter with sprinkles to serve.

Mug Cake Recipe: Courtesy Mima Sinclair

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