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Nov 24, 2010 04:55 PM

Smith Island Cakes for sale in Baltimore area?

A friend is hosting a Chesapeake Bay themed party, and is looking for a whole Smith Island Cake to serve. These are cakes originally made on Smith Island in the Bay, but now that this is the official Maryland State Cake (!) we thought they might be available on the western shore. Web advertised cakes, from the Eastern Shore, have prohibitive mailing fees.
Any local bakers who make a good rendition of this cake?

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  1. Sugarbaker's in Catonsville does. It's pricey, but it's good.

    1. I've never understood how it is different from a dobosh torte, but given the theme of the party, I can see why they would want the "authentic" local version. They can be ordered from the Smith Island Baking Company:

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      1. re: Just Visiting

        I think the dobosh torte comes in different flavors??? Not sure. But I do know the Smith Island Cake is always yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I didn't really care for Sugarbaker's version, but I've never had one from Smith Island so it could be fairly authentic, I don't know.

        1. re: ivysmom

          Yes dobosh torte is available in different flavors, though the traditional is yellow cake with chocolate frosting. But then after looking at the Smith Island Banking Company website, it looks like Smith Island cake is also available in different flavors. At the end of the day, it is just very thin cake layers.

          1. re: Just Visiting

            I looked a Web site that sells Smith Island cakes and a recipe for them. From what I saw (I don't know anything about these cakes, but I do know dobos torta - used to make it myself, but have been too lazy to do so for years) - one difference is that the top of a dobos torta is made from caramelized sugar. Also, there is way more butter in the recipe for dobos torta that I used than is in the recipe for Smith Island cake.

            I've also never seen a dobos torta in flavors other than yellow cake/chocolate buttercream frosting. It's certainly possible that it exists, but the original is just that combination.

            And, to put this back to the B-W area, where does one find a good dobos torta these days? I live in Northern Virginia, but would be interested in anywhere in the area where I could find one.

      2. Not sure how far you want to travel, but Carolines Cakes in the moribund Mikasa outlet center on Route 50 just prior to the Bay Bridge offers a number of varieties of layer cakes similar to SICs. I'm particularly fond of the coconut and caramel cakes. They also sell by the slice and half cake, if you want to get a couple. They do have a website.

        1. WTOP is reporting that Giant is going to be selling "mini" Smith Island Cakes.

          The Original Smith Island Cake Co., based in Ocean City, Md (NOT on Smith Island)., is distributing mini versions of the cakes to some Giant Food stores in the Maryland suburbs and in Northern Virginia.

          Store locations include those in Alexandria, Annapolis, Bethesda, Clarksville, Clifton, East Vienna, Falls Church, Germantown, McLean, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Stafford and Waldorf.

          Available flavors include coconut, red velvet and the original yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

          And the website for this NOT Smith Island company if you want to order online from this company is http://www.originalsmithislandcakeco....

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          1. re: Just Visiting

            Dobos torte is NOT yellow cake--far from it. It's made with an egg and flour batter that is baked in very thin layers and then layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with a hardened amber sugar layer.

            1. re: foodslut

              Sorry - what's the difference between a yellow cake and a cake made with an egg and flour batter?

              1. re: reiflame

                Although both are "yellow" in color, in the US when we refer to yellow cake we're referring to the typical American style raised cake that's a lighter version of a pound cake, usually served in two or three thick layers and sandwiched with the icing of your choice.

                Dobos torte layers are very thin and much more similar to genoise batters that you find in Europe. They don't contain baking powder as you get in American yellow cakes, and the batter tends to be much more dense. When I made dobos torte I had to spread the batter across the pan with a knife, whereas with yellow cake I just pour the batter into the tin.

                You wouldn't be able to use American yellow cake batter for dobos torte because the batter is too light and can't be baked as thinly as the heavier dobos torte batter.

                1. re: Roland Parker

                  Thanks! That's a great explanation.