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Three Recipes: Crab Imperial, Crabcakes, Smith Island Cake?

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Three Recipes: Crab Imperial, Crabcakes, Smith Island Cake?

ElsieDee | Sep 1, 2013 04:05 PM

My partner is a Baltimore native and for the years we have been together, there are three foods that he's talked about missing since he first moved south and then to the West Coast:

* Crab Imperial
* Crabcakes
* Smith Island Cake

For his birthday this year, I'm saving-up to order some real blue crab meat. But I need recipes! I've been looking online (and here on CH, of course) and found some that look good, but I don't know what is / is not traditional. Also, with the two recipes involving crab, do I want jumbo lump, regular lump, or claw meat?

(I also looked at having steamed crabs shipped, and am still considering that option, but can't see having to pick them once they arrive in order to make the two dishes.)

With the Smith Island Cake, I want to stay with the yellow cake with chocolate frosting, I think, but keep coming across variations. Any recipes you'd recommend?

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