The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

Witch cakes and UTIs

In some Yorkshire villages in the UK, “witch cakes” were baked every year in the first week of April. These spiky cakes were then suspended behind a door to repel witches.

One source from 1683 suggests that burning the cake would cause a burning pain in the urinary tract of a witch. The witch “would then reveal herself when she came to investigate the cause of her torments.” (As quoted in James Sharpe’s book “Witchcraft in Early Modern England“, 2014). So now you know what’s to blame next time you get a UTI.

This witch cake was collected from the village of Flamborough in 1933 by legendary folklore collector Edward Lovett. It is now in the collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.


For more strange and fascinating things, please subscribe to The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things below, or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I solemnly swear to make your life a little bit weirder.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

One comment

Leave a Reply to Andrea Kehe Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s