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News Release
2016 Cake Entries
2016 Cake Entries
Oregon Historical Society's Fifth Annual "Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down" Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Oregon State Fair's Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest (Photo) - 08/08/19

Portland, OR – For 60 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Layer Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank—public servant, business leader, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Back by popular demand, the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) will host its fifth annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down on Monday, August 12, at 12pm with Gerry as the judge.

Join us for this free public event 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 include:

  • April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder
  • Brett Baker, president of Austin Industries & past president of the Portland Rose Festival board
  • Emily Burrs, weekend anchor for KOIN 6
  • Ryan Deckert, president of Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington
  • Lani Faith, executive director of Beaverton Arts Foundation
  • Laura Gunderson, editorial page editor for The Oregonian
  • Mark Hanken, COO of Special Olympics Oregon (assisted by daughters Claire and Lucy)
  • Lori Hardwick, fundraiser extraordinaire and 2016 cake smack-down champion (assisted by daughter, Piper)
  • Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life
  • Nkenge Harmon Johnson, CEO of Urban League of Portland
  • Lori Kuechler, director of development, marketing, and communications for Bradley Angle
  • Marilyn Loy, Oregon Historical Society trustee
  • Suzanne Nance, president and CEO of All Classical Portland
  • Team OMSI: Patricia Brooke, director of institutional giving and Sam Zipp, annual fund coordinator
  • MariJo Prlain, executive director of the Reser Family Foundation
  • Cassidy Quinn, host of Tonight with Cassidy on KGW 8
  • Connie Seeley, executive vice president of OHSU
  • Lane Shetterly, Oregon Community Foundation board member and former Oregon legislator
  • Angelica Thornton, co-anchor of KATU Morning News
  • Keren Brown Wilson, president and founder of the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation

According to the Oregon State Fair website, the Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest is “the best-known and longest running cake contest in the country.” This year, Gerry welcomes back past winners from the past 60 years to compete in a separate special competition to defend their championship title. As the founder of Salem’s gourmet cake shop, Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, Gerry has some experience in the cake-tasting department, and offers the following tips for making a first place entry:

  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!

Whose baking do you think will “take the cake”? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #OHSCakeSmackDown and be sure to tag @OrHist in your tweets and @oregonhistoricalsociety on Instagram!

 


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

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