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

Angela Dowling
President, Regence BlueCross BlueShield 

Laura Gunderson
Editorial Page Editor, The Oregonian 

Lori Hardwick - 2016 Champion
Fundraiser Extraordinaire, with her daughter, Piper

Andrew Hoan
CEO, Portland Business Alliance

Angela Hult
President, Kuni Foundation

Mary Jaeger
External Affairs Director, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

Nkenge Harmon Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Urban League

Gabrielle Karol
Reporter, KOIN 6 News


Stephanie Kralevich
Host of KPTV's "More Good Day Oregon"

Marilyn Loy
Oregon Historical Society Board of Trustees

Sheri Neal
CFO, Oregon Historical Society

Britt Oase
CEO, Special Olympics Oregon

Traci Ray
Executive Director, Barran Leibman, LLP

Connie Seeley
Executive Vice President, OHSU

Ruth Shelly - 2017 Champion
Executive Director, Portland Children's Museum 

David Thompson
General Counsel, Cura

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

DJ Wilson
President, KGW

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