Chocolate Layer Cake Contest

Gerry Frank is all about that cake.

Contest Requirements

HOW TO ENTER CONTEST:  Bring your cake to the Creative Living Stage, in Columbia Hall, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, date and time TBA.  No entry form is required.  Each entry shall admit the contestant to the Fairgrounds.

TYPE OF ENTRY:  Any chocolate or devil’s food layer cake.  No cake shall contain ready-mixes of any kind, including frostings.  All entries shall be judged on the basis of appearance, texture and flavor.

Contestant is allowed only one (1) entry.  Previous First Place winners from the past five (5) years are not eligible to enter the Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest.

Indications of physical damage, as might occur in transit or handling, shall not be counted against the contestant by the judge. Any resident of Oregon may enter, except for professional bakers or professional home economists. Gerry Frank will judge entries.


Our FIRST PLACE winner will be awarded a $250 Macy’s Gift Card, and a party for four people at Gerry Frank’s Konditorei in Salem.

Chocolate cake for all who attend.

Our friends at US Bank will be serving chocolate cake (while supplies last) to audience members and fair guests.

About Gerry Frank.

Gerry’s love of chocolate is recognized by legions. September 2017 marks the 58th year of the Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest at the Oregon State Fair, for which he has been the sole judge. It is the best-known and longest running cake contest in the country. Gerry is the founder of Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, a gourmet cake shop and restaurant in Salem.

Frank is well known for his Oregonian column. Look for the latest edition of Gerry Frank’s Oregon, a compilation of Gerry’s Oregonian travel columns along with historical and interesting tidbits about Oregon and treasured stories of the Meier and Frank families. His best-selling guidebook, Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York, has sold over one million copies and guided thousands throughout the tangles of Manhattan. The updated 20th edition was recently published.

Gerry Frank will stay on after the contest to sign books.