Special Event     

Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

Free and open to the public
Monday, August 20, 2018
12PM – 1PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventAudience(s): Family-friendlyLocation: Portland

For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank—public servant, businessman, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Back by popular demand, the Oregon Historical Society will host its fourth annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down in downtown Portland with Gerry as the judge. Come and watch as local community leaders and media personalities present their best recipes for judgment, and join in the tasting once Gerry declares a winner! Celebrity contestants to be announced soon!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Celebrity Contestants

Brett Baker
President, Portland Rose Festival Board

Keren Brown Wilson, Ph.D.
President and Founder, Jessie F. Richardson Foundation

Lori Hardwick
Fundraiser Extraordinaire, with her daughter, Piper

2017 Champion

DJ Wilson
President, KGW


2016 Champions

Mary Jaeger
Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

Nkenge Harmon Johnson
Executive Director, Urban League

Sheri Neal
CFO, Oregon Historical Society

Traci Ray
Executive Director, Barran Leibman, LLP

Connie Seeley
Executive Vice President, OHSU

Ruth Shelly
Executive Director, Portland Children's Museum 

Gerry’s tips for making a winning chocolate cake include:

  1. Aesthetically pleasing design
  2. Keep it simple – pure chocolate is best
  3. Avoid dryness in the cake recipe
  4. Dark chocolate is preferred to white chocolate
  5. And most importantly, the richer the better!

There will also be a raffle to win a chocolate cake!

Crew of women frost and decorate cakes in the cake shop of Davidson's Bakery, Portland, Oregon. Circa 1937. Davidson Collection, 0327A072