Shuman’s Jelly Cake from Alexandria, Virginia Recognized in Top 21 Desserts Around the World


They even say Princess Elizabeth ordered a cake for Buckingham Palace  before she became queen, and that Willard Scott said that if he were on a diet and couldn’t have Shuman’s jelly cake, he didn’t deserve to live. (Photo: Fodor’s Travel)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Fodor’s Travel publication assembled their definitive top 21 desserts from around the world, and the humble jelly cake from Shuman’s Bakery in Alexandria is high on the list.

Writer Michele Herrmann noted, Shuman’s Jelly Cake dates back to the late 19th century, when Louis P. Shuman established Shuman’s Bakery in 1876, in this city south of Washington, D.C. At his bakery, Shuman used a family recipe to produce a jelly cake that would become a local holiday staple. It consists of three thin pound cake layers that are parted by layers of homemade red currant jelly. It’s cut into diamond shades and gets a powdered sugar dusting. While this cake has carried on for over 140 years, the brick and mortar aspect of Shuman’s Bakery closed its doors in 2004. Six years later, the bakery reopened to solely make this specialty by advanced order.

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