WEST OCEAN CITY — A fledgling West Ocean City-based bakery has struck a deal to distribute handmade miniature Smith Island Cakes to 29 Giant grocery stores in Maryland, Delaware, and Northern Virginia.
The Original Smith Island Cake Co., a patisserie located at the Ocean City Factory Outlets, brought its 3-inch layer cakes to a Giant Food vendor fair earlier this year, where store and district managers gave the thumbs-up. The mini-cakes won't have 10 layers like their namesake counterparts, but are baked individually and hand-assembled to yield four modest slices — or two generous ones.
The bakery already has doubled production, including Saturdays, to meet an expected demand of nearly 2,000 mini-cakes a week, said Kim Brady, the bakery's cafe manager. On Tuesday she delivered their very first orders of original yellow cake, coconut, red velvet, and the seasonally-flavored pumpkin cake. Next month, the seasonal flavor will be chocolate mint.
Brady said Giant at first wanted to feature the mini-cakes in about seven stores.
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