Photo from the Bayside Inn Restaurant, Smith Island,
are from Smith Island (Maryland's only inhabited
off-shore island), in Chesapeake Bay, you probably have
not heard of Smith Island Cake.
This decadent cake can
contain anywhere from 6 to 12 pencil-thin yellow cake
layers that are layered with chocolate fudge icing. This
cake has also been know to be called frosting with
cake. The number of layers is determined by the
baker. As you can probably guess, you don't need a big
slice to get your cake and chocolate fix.
The origins of this
cake are unknown. Residents just say, "It's always been
here." Some people things that the cake was brought to
Smith Island by settlers in the late 1600s. The cake was
originally four layers, but the women started to stack
the cake even higher as a form of competition.
It has been the area's
dessert of choice for residents and visitors of this
island for generations. It is definitely a distinctive
regional tradition spanning many decades.
In 2008, Senate House Bill 315 in Maryland's legislature
Island Cake as Maryland's official dessert.