Taste of States – This Week – Smith Island Cake

Welcome To Taste of States a place where we celebrate the weird and wonderful food of the United States of America. This can be everything from the snacks that are available for a limited time to the foods that are classic traditions at events such as Christmas and Thanksgiving! Each week we will explore the facts and the history surrounding a different food.

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This is a cake that became the official dessert of the state of Maryland on 2008. The Smith Island cake is unique to all other cakes out there. It is usually formed of 8-14 layers of thinly cut sponge and they are stuck together with fudge icing.

There are many other flavours to this cake and other variations include banana, fig, coconut and orange. It can also be filled with crushed chocolate bars as well.

The cake has a long history and was originally made to be sent to watermen on the oyster harvest in Smith Island. That is why the cakes were made using fudge because it lasted longer. It is also made with condensed milk.

The cake has a long tradition of being part of a fundraising tradition as well. There is an event called the cake walk where party games like musical chairs is played and the winner is Awarded a Smith Island Cake.

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