When I was little, my mother bought me a book titled, Old Witch and the Polka Dot Ribbon by Wende and Harry Devlin. It quickly became one of my favorite books for her to read to me. As I got older, of course, I read the book myself. In fact, I still read the book! Every fall right around Halloween.
Old Witch is a cantankerous, moody, grumpy little old witch that lives in the attic of the old Jug and Muffin Tearoom. She was awakened from a very long sleep in the chimney when a little boy named Nicky, and his mother, bought and moved into the Tearoom.
Actually, Old Witch is very nosy and sometimes causes a lot of trouble. What witch doesn't? But in this book, Nicky and his mother are baking and preparing for a cake baking contest the town of Oldwick is having at their carnival.
The contest is to raise money to build a new bandstand. They invite Old Witch to enter as well, but warn her that Mrs. Butterbean always wins first prize. Sounds like a challenge to me... it does to Old Witch, too.
The book, written and published in 1970, is a lively little book. The story line is fun and hints at helping the community as well as being fair and not cheating. I have always enjoyed Old Witch. She may be mischievous at times, but she's funny, and deep down wants to do the right thing.
At the end of the book is a recipe for Old Witch's Magic Nut Cake. A perfect recipe for the Halloween spirit, I think...even if it is from an Old Witch. [Recipe taken from the book, Old Witch and the Polka Dot Ribbon]
Hope you enjoy this nutty Halloween cake! You may try making it into cupcakes.