Yesterday I was part of the Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smackdown sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society. Because in Oregon, authors are celebrities and chocolate is history-making.
How did I do?
Well, you know the old expression . . . It's not whether you win or lose, it's whether you get to lick the bowl.
My cake was not selected as one of the top 3 by the judge. BUT WHO CARES????? I ate a ton of cake, had a ton of fun, celebrated a great state and great history museum, and learned the following things:
1. Many accomplished, important people who have achieved a great deal can still be reduced to panic regarding having to make, transport, and sit through the judging of a cake. I am proud to include myself in this illustrious company, which includes former State Senator Margaret Carter, current Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the heads of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and various other wonderful people who make this community great.
2. (With all due respect to Nancy Hales, First Lady of Portland and First Place Winner): I baked what has been for 23 years my favorite cake, and lost. But after managing to sample small portions of 7 other entries, I realized my favorite cake is still the one I made. Thus I learned I’d rather attain my own measure of delight than win someone else’s accolade. There is no better way to feel about the things you do. (Added bonus: While the winning cake was gobbled up on the spot, I had plenty of mine leftover to take home. I will continue to enjoy it with friends all week).
3. For the first time ever, I encountered somebody who guessed the secret ingredient in my cake. Sauerkraut. No, that is not an autocorrect error or a typo. SAUERKRAUT baby, still the best chocolate cake ever, and let me know anytime any of you would like to sample some. The fridge is loaded!