Special Event     

Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

Free and open to the public
Monday, August 12, 2019
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 fifth 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

Celebrity Contestants

April Baer
Host, State of Wonder, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Brett Baker
President, Austin Industries
Past President, Portland Rose Festival Board

Emily Burrs
Weekend Anchor, KOIN

Ryan Deckert
President, Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington

Lani Faith
Executive Director, Beaverton Arts Foundation

Laura Gunderson
Editorial Page Editor, The Oregonian

Mark Hanken
COO, Special Olympics Oregon
Assisted by daughters Claire and Lucy

Lori Hardwick
Fundraiser Extraordinaire
Assisted by daughter, Piper

2016 Champions

Dwight Holton
CEO, Lines for Life

Nkenge Harmon Johnson
CEO, Urban League of Portland

Lori Kuechler
Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications, Bradley Angle

Marilyn Loy
Oregon Historical Society Trustee

Suzanne Nance
President and CEO, All Classical Portland

Team OMSI
Patricia Brooke, Director of Institutional Giving
Sam Zipp, Annual Fund Coordinator

MariJo Prlain
Executive Director, Reser Family Foundation

Cassidy Quinn
Host, Tonight with Cassidy, KGW

Connie Seeley
Executive Vice President, OHSU

Lane Shetterly
Oregon Community Foundation Board Member
Former Oregon Legislator

Angelica Thornton
Co-Anchor, KATU Morning News

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

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!

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