Edit: I’ve added a separate “Ameri-cakes and Pies” page on the navigation bar with an updated list.
It’s no secret that I have a truly horrific grasp of geography and am a terrible contributor to the Where am I? bonus round at weekly Trivia. Thus, I have decided to undertake a new project, which I am tentatively calling:
Ameri-cakes (and Pies!)
I plan to bake one traditional/regional cake or pie from every US state and document my efforts along the way.
You know me. I love baking (and eating) cake! While I don’t love pie quite as much, I think there is a lot of uncharted territory to explore in this confectionery domain. And afterall, this is MicaPie, so I feel that the inclusion of pies is a necessity.
Preliminary Internet research has given me about 30 states-worth of cakes and pies. Some states are no-brainers: Texas sheet cake, Maryland’s Smith Island Cake, Florida’s key lime pie. I’ll hit the big names, for sure.
I am undertaking (under-baking, ho ho!) this project in the name of fun, not rigorous historical research and documentation. Many desserts appear to have somewhat fluid histories and dubious origins–who’s to say where pecan pie really originated? My goal is to bake one cake or pie from each state, not settle disputes about the precise origins of a regional favorite.
Moreover, some states don’t seem to have well-known regional desserts. If I am still hard-pressed to find one, I will aim to incorporate the official or well-known fruit into a cake or pie.
Most importantly, I am asking you, dear readers, to help contribute to this project. If you know of a traditional or regional dessert from your state, please leave a comment or e-mail me at mllemica [at] gmail.com. Even better if you have a story to go along with it!
Here is my current list of ideas. I have italicized states for which I have no cake or pie! Help!
- Alaska: Baked Alaska?
- California: Chiffon cake
- Connecticut: Hartford/Election day cake
- Florida: Key lime pie
- Georgia: Peach pie
- Hawaii: Haupia Cake
- Illinois: Devil’s Food Cake
- Indiana: Hoosier Sugar Cream pie
- Kentucky: Kentucky Jam/Stack cake OR Derby pie
- Louisiana: King Cake OR Crunch cake
- Maine: Whoopie pie OR Maine blueberry pie
- Maryland: Smith Island cake
- Massachusetts: Boston Cream pie
- Mississippi: Mud pie
- Missouri: Gooey Butter cake
- Montana: Huckleberry pie?
- New Hampshire: Old Portsmouth orange cake
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York: Cheesecake
- North Carolina: Hummingbird cake
- North Dakota
- Oregon: Hazelnut cake?
- Pennsylvania: Apple pie OR PA Dutch sugar pie
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina: Lady Baltimore cake OR Charleston sweet potato pie
- South Dakota: Kuchen
- Tennessee: TN jam cake
- Texas: TX sheet cake
- Vermont: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream cake
- Virginia: Marble cake OR Shoofly pie OR Chess pie
- Washington: Cherry pie
- West Virginia
This list is certainly not comprehensive or final. If you would like to suggest a new cake or pie for a state, please do so!
Note: I plan to begin this project when I get settled back in the US, but other than that, I have no official timeframe.
I’m excited to get started on this project, and I would really love input from readers. And CU friends, get ready to eat some cake because the boyfriend and I will not be able to take down all of these by ourselves!