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.