Originally settled in the 1600s, Smith Island in Somerset County is the only populated off-shore island in the United States. Given its isolation, an island culture and tradition developed and has been preserved, including their recipe for multi-layered cakes.
In 2008, the State of Maryland passed legislation declaring Smith Island Cake the official state dessert. Delegate Page Elmore, a former member of the Maryland House, said he had become the lead sponsor of the bill to boost the economy of Smith Island and nearby towns on the mainland where the cake is made, and which was part of his district.
This state cake can contain 8-15 thin layers of alternating cake and buttercream frosting. The most popular flavor is yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting but other flavors include double chocolate, strawberry lemon, cookies and cream and can be shipped nationwide from Smith Island.