CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s official state dessert has apparently become a holiday tradition for many outside the state.

The Smith Island Baking Company, which makes the 10-layer Smith Island cakes, says that for Christmas it shipped out hundreds of cakes as a result of the company’s online business.

The five-year-old business on remote Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay has had so much demand it’s doing its baking both on the island and in an old seafood restaurant in Crisfield, back on the mainland.

Smith Island cakes officially became the state dessert in 2008. They’re a tradition on Smith Island, a fishing village where women in the 1800s would send the cakes with their husbands when the men spent long months out working on boats.

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