Special Event     

Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

Free and open to the public
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
12PM – 1:30PM

  • 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 third 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!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible


April Baer
Host of State of Wonder, Oregon Public Broadcasting 

Brett Baker
President, Portland Rose Festival  Board of Directors

Nkenge Harmon Johnson
Executive Director, Urban League of Portland

Margie Hunt
CEO, Special Olympics Oregon

Mark Katches
Editor, The Oregonian/Oregon Live

Jennifer Mark
Artist/Creative consultant

J.S. May
Chief Advancement Officer, Portland Art Museum

Judge Adrienne Nelson
Multnomah County Circuit Court

Traci Ray
Executive Director, Barran Liebman, LLP


Mark Schlesinger
Partner, Schlesinger Companies

Connie Seeley
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, OHSU

Ruth Shelly
Executive Director, Portland Children’s Museum

Cameron Smith Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs
and Mary Jaeger (Co-chefs)
Aging Veterans' Service Director, ODVA

Kathy Smith
Legendary Portland television news anchor

David Thompson
Chief Operating Officer, Portland Business Alliance

D.J. Wilson
General Manager, 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