The Taste-Testers



It was the seventh day before Midwinter, and Raccoon was gathering supplies for her annual Midwinter-party cake.


Last year’s towering success was a multi-layered chocolate cake with raspberry jam between the layers. But as delicious as everyone had declared last year’s cake to be, Raccoon wanted to make something ever-so-slightly different this year.


For this year’s party, the cake would be layered with frosting instead of jam. But she couldn’t decide which would be best with the dark-chocolate cake — orange, lemon, or mint. And so she invited several of the chipmunk and squirrel children for afternoon tea, where they snacked on crispy saltine crackers, each spread with a different flavor of frosting, and then voted for their favorite.


(Mid-December 2023)


Story © Jennifer Singleton / Read+Purr
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