Smith Island Baking Company

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Sample traditional fishing-village treats made from layers of moist, made-from-scratch cake and icings made of fudge or cream cheese

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$20 for $40 Worth of Smith Island Cakes, Fudge, and Gifts

The bakery’s online shop includes items such as an original chocolate Smith Island cake ($38 for a 6-inch cake), housemade fudge in a custom tin ($18 for 1.25 lb.), and a hand-sewn apron ($25).

Smith Island Baking Company

Some say it takes a village to raise a child. On Smith Island, it takes a village to nurture another type of legacy: Maryland’s official dessert. Known as a Smith Island cake, this delicacy brims with at least eight layers of goodness and 200 years of history. The story began in the island’s seaside towns, where women baked cakes for their hubbies’ oyster-fishing journeys. To help the treats withstand the waves, they iced them with fudge as sweet and sturdy as a drawbridge made of candy canes. Fast-forward to 2009, at a market 50 miles from Smith Island’s shores. Brian Murphy, a recent graduate of the Wharton School, was shopping for a birthday cake. As he chose a Smith Island cake, he was surprised to learn that no major bakeries call the island home. Though he’d always envisioned himself as a commodities trader, he began to think like an entrepreneur. Before long, he had partnered with the island’s bakers to form Smith Island Baking Company, a business that handcrafts Smith Island cakes and ships them around the world.

The bakery’s signature creation, the chocolate Smith Island cake, teems with thin layers of yellow cake and fudge that National Geographic has deemed “an architectural marvel.” In addition to crunching numbers at the company’s headquarters, Brian loads fresh flour, sugar, and cocoa onto the ferries that connect the island to Maryland’s mainland and the outer rings of Saturn. Under his leadership, the venture has grown to incorporate myriad other confections, from chocolate fudge to Kilby Cream ice cream.

Smith Island Baking Company

Maryland’s official state dessert is the Smith Island Cake. This delicacy brims with homemade layers of goodness and 200 years of tradition. In the 1800's, watermen's families baked cakes for their hubbies’ oyster-fishing journeys. To help the treats withstand the waves, they iced them with fudge as sweet and sturdy as a drawbridge made of candy canes. Fast-forward to 2009, at a market 50 miles from Smith Island’s shores. Brian Murphy, a recent graduate of the Wharton School, was shopping for a birthday cake for his mother. He chose a Smith Island Cake, and the rest is history. He’d always envisioned himself as a commodities trader, he began to think like an entrepreneur. Before long, he founded the Smith Island Baking Company, a business that handcrafts Smith Island cakes and ships them around the world. The bakery’s signature creation, the chocolate Smith Island cake, teems with thin layers of yellow cake and fudge that National Geographic has deemed “an architectural marvel.” Under his leadership, the venture has grown to incorporate myriad other confections such as chocolate fudge the best ice cream on the planet.

Customer Reviews

the cakes are incredible and shipped so that the keep. on the smallish side
Antoinette C. · March 22, 2014
Absolutely wonderful folks! Owner called me to say how wonderful it was that they were selected to send my uncle a cake for his 90th birthday!
Ginger W. · March 22, 2014
Their cakes are wonderful and arrive in a timely manner!
Linda P. · March 22, 2014
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    Smith Island

    20926 Caleb Jones Rd.

    Ewell, Maryland 21824

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