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The World’s Largest Shortcake

By Linda Tancs

What does it take to bake a strawberry shortcake for 15,000 of your closest friends?  According to the folks in Lebanon, Oregon, you’ll need 514 cups of sugar, 224 cups of shortening, 192 cups of eggs, 992 cups of flour, 576 teaspoons  of salt, 2048 teaspoons of baking powder, 448 cups of milk and 18 cups  of vanilla.  The result is the world’s largest shortcake, unveiled annually at Lebanon’s Strawberry Festival.  A cake that immense deserves its own security detail, and it gets it in the form of its official ushers at the Grand Parade, the Strawberrians.  The festival is taking place today through 2 June at Cheadle Lake Regional Park.

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