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Maryland State Dessert - Smith Island Cake


[photo, Smith Island Cake, Smith Island, Maryland] Effective October 1, 2008, the Smith Island Cake became the State Dessert of Maryland (Chapters 164 & 165, Acts of 2008; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-320). Traditionally, the cake consists of eight to ten layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting between each layer and slathered over the whole. However, many variations have evolved, both in the flavors for frosting and the cake itself.

Smith Island Cake, Smith Island, Somerset County, Maryland, 2008.


[photo, Three Smith Island Cakes, Smith Island, Maryland] Smith Island, home to the State Dessert, is Maryland's last inhabited island, reachable only by boat. Straddling the Maryland - Virginia line, Smith Island is twelve miles west of Crisfield in Somerset County and 95 miles south of Baltimore.

Three Smith Island Cakes, Smith Island, Somerset County, Maryland, 2008.


[photo, Smith Island Cake, Smith Island, Maryland] Originally settled in the 1600s, Smith Island has been home to watermen and their families for centuries. Given their isolation, an island culture and tradition developed and has been preserved, including their penchant for multi-layered cakes.

  • recipe for traditional 10-layer Smith Island Cake.

    Smith Island Cake, Smith Island, Somerset County, Maryland, 2008.


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