<p><br> Some call it an architectural marvel—thin, buttery rounds of cake stacked high and stuck together with fudge frosting. Locals simply call it a Smith Island cake. Named after Maryland’s island in the Chesapeake Bay, where the recipe originated in the 1800s, Smith Island cake was declared the state’s official dessert in 2008. Taste the cake itself at the <a href="http://www.smithislandbakingco.com/" target="_blank">Smith Island Baking Company</a>. Beyond the island, many places along Maryland’s Eastern Shore serve up the dessert, including the <a href="http://www.crisfield.com/watermens/" target="_blank">Watermen’s Inn</a> in Crisfield.</p>

Maryland: Smith Island Cake


Some call it an architectural marvel—thin, buttery rounds of cake stacked high and stuck together with fudge frosting. Locals simply call it a Smith Island cake. Named after Maryland’s island in the Chesapeake Bay, where the recipe originated in the 1800s, Smith Island cake was declared the state’s official dessert in 2008. Taste the cake itself at the Smith Island Baking Company. Beyond the island, many places along Maryland’s Eastern Shore serve up the dessert, including the Watermen’s Inn in Crisfield.

Photograph by Linda Davidson, Washington Post/Getty Images

Five American Desserts Worth the Trip

These cakes, pastries, and pies are regional favorites that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth across the U.S. Just remember to save room.

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