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Week 20: Smith Island Cake (Maryland)

The Smith Island cake is Maryland's very own state dessert and contains 8 to even 15 layers of cake!

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite dessert from Maryland, as well as interesting facts about the state! I love hearing about them. You can vote for next week's dessert (Massachusetts) here.

Smith Island cake is a vanilla cake frosted with chocolate fudge icing. The layers are baked individually and are extremely thin. This helps the fudge icing soak into the layers and create a delicious cake!

It's simple to make, though it takes some time. Since each cake layer is baked separately, you have to bake your cake in batches.

I used 3, 6" cake pans so the process would go quicker. Because the cake layers are so thin, they cool quickly. I make the fudge icing while my cakes are baking. While my cakes finish cooling for 30 minutes, I have just enough time to chill my icing!


|Level:👩🏽‍🍳👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 2 hours|Serves: 6|



Chocolate Fudge Icing

  • 7 tablespoons butter

  • 4-ounce chocolate bar

  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • 3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 1/2 cups butter

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 5 large eggs

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and grease a 6" cake pan. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. In a stand mixer, beat your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly mix in half of your flour mixture and then all of your buttermilk. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until no flour clumps remain. Using a 1/2 cup, pour the batter into your cake pan. Bake for 10 minutes and repeat until you run out of batter. Cool your cakes when finished.

  2. While your cakes are baking, combine all your fudge icing ingredients in a pot. Over medium heat, whisk your fudge icing until the butter and chocolate melt and the mixture starts boiling. Chill the fudge icing for 30 minutes.

  3. Frost your cake layering cake and fudge icing. Frost the sides and the top and serve plain or with sprinkles. 😉


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳


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