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Traditional Chesapeake Desserts? [moved from Washington/Baltimore board]

montgomery carlo Jan 7, 2010 11:23 AM

My mother in law is coming in from the Chesapeake for a dinner and I would like to make her a traditional Chesapeake dessert, but I have no ideas. Can anyone help?

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    weezycom Jan 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    Lord or Lady Baltimore cake

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    1. re: weezycom
      charmedgirl Jan 8, 2010 05:16 AM

      Actually, the Lord and Lady Baltimore cakes have nothing to do with Baltimore, Maryland or the Chesapeake. They were created in one of the Carolinas.

    2. ktmoomau Jan 7, 2010 12:49 PM

      If you were open to ordering it I would highly recommend a Smith Island cake from the Sweet Shoppe, (I prefer the traditional chocolate, but the wet coconut and peanut butter chocolate are good too, we had them make our wedding cake I love them so much) but I wouldn't attempt to bake a Smith Island Cake on my own, but it is about as Chesapeake as you get when it comes to desserts.

      If you really want to make it perhaps a lemon chess pie? Very southern and found on the shore.

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      1. re: ktmoomau
        Joe H Jan 7, 2010 02:03 PM

        Great suggestion, ktmoomau. I once had Smith Island cake in Crisfield-ten layers!! Incredibly labor intensive to make.

        1. re: Joe H
          Jason1 Jan 8, 2010 05:02 AM

          They're really not that tough to make, as long as you have a large number of cake pans. There's a great recipe in Mrs. Kitching's Smith Island Cookbook . Of course, who has 10 cake pans? I've used 5 pans and allowed them to cool fully before cooking the next 5 layers.

          1. re: Jason1
            Joe H Jan 8, 2010 06:24 AM

            I give you real credit for baking this. There aren't a lot of people who bake from scratch these days let along make a ten layer cake!

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