Old Witch Cake

This is the time of year my family starts calling or emailing and asking for this recipe. The origin of this recipe is a very cute childrens book (and actually it belongs to a series. The book is called Old Witch and the Polka Dot Ribbon.

This is the cake you want at your house in the fall. It works for Halloween! It works for Thanksgiving. It works for breakfast on those chilly mornings. (err pumpkin is healthy…)

I read it in my elementary school library and had to make the recipe because the book was so good. The resulting cake was so good that yes, my family expects it on a yearly basis. My copy of the recipe is scrawled in my mothers hand in the back of my Joy of Cooking for Boys and Girls. It is much spattered and abused. In fact, it is sort of hard to read these days.

Anyhow…you should definitely go for this cake. You won’t be sorry.

I use either pecans or walnuts (or skip them altogether-just decorating the top with some). You can also reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup easily. I do double the frosting recipe though (actually now that I think about it, we only frost half these days so I don’t need to double the recipe anymore. It keeps so well and really, no one can pass it up.

Old Witch Cake AKA Witchy Pooh Cake (and apparently it really was called Old Witch’s Magic Nut Cake)

3 eggs
1 lb pumpkin
3/4 c vegetable oil
1/2 c water
Beat together

Add
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 t. soda
1 1/4 t salt
3/4 t. nutmeg
3/4 t. cinnamon
1 c yellow raisins
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Pour batter in greased tube or bundt pan. Bake 1 hour 15 min at 350 degrees F.

Icing
4 oz cream cheese
3 T butter
1 t. lemon juice or vanilla
1/2 box confectioners sugar
Cream together. Frost cake. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.