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Treat Your Taste Buds to Authentic Mail Order Cakes from Smith Island

Posted by Joy Murphy on January 12, 2014 in Info Article

Before the Smith Island Cake became Maryland’s state dessert, the cake was largely unknown in the rest of the country. However, all that changed when Maryland’s governor agreed to make the cake an integral part of the state’s economy and tourism. The Daily Times recounts the days leading to the Smith Island Cake’s appointment as the official state dessert:

“Smith Island's multilayered cake that has sparked national interest is now Maryland's official dessert.

"I hope it helps all of us," said Mary Ada Marshall, showing off her nine layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting today, when Gov. Martin O'Malley grinned as he signed into law a bill making the Smith Island cake Maryland's official dessert.

The cake - which comes in dozens of flavors, but is always seven or more layers, sometimes towering at 12 centimeter-thick layers - has sparked so much interest in the island that residents are thinking big.

"This thing's going to keep ripping," said Jim Rapp, head of a nonprofit called Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences. Tourism officials have designated a series of water trails around the island, which they'll open Friday...

"The message will get out that the best place to eat a Smith Island cake is on Smith Island," Rapp said. ”

Smith Island is the last inhabited island off the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. A little over 200 people live in the island once known as a bustling fishing community. According to locals, Smith Island Cake used to be the popular treat wives would give their husbands before the men left for long fishing trips. Today, the decadent dessert caters to the sweet tooth of people all over America.

While people can purchase quick mail order cakes, the best place to have Smith Island cake is on Smith Island. Fortunately, Smith Island is only a few hours’ drive away from New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

People who do not have the time to travel to Maryland do not need to go out of their way to try a Smith Island cake. Several authentic Smith Island bakeries, such as the Smith Island Baking Company, offer online delivery services, allowing people from across the country to try an authentic Smith Island cake crafted by local bakers.

Whether you are looking to send a birthday cake to family members or just want to treat the kids to a different kind of dessert, try a Smith Island Cake. Everyone’s taste buds will be thanking you for it.

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(Article Excerpt and Image from It’s official: Smith Island cake is state symbol, The Daily Times, April 24, 2008)