Devil’s Food

By Laura Roberts


The Inspired Devotion Company has always made cakes that taste heavenly. Their specialty is Angel Food, of course, though somehow they’ve even managed to inspire a chorus of Gabriel’s finest with their take on the devil’s own chocolate cake. Today I was using one of their finest mixes, a coconut cake that was supposed to be light and airy enough to convert all the sinners at my Easter table. Lord knows I needed the help, as Pete had invited our next door neighbors –a bunch of proud pagans who wore pentagrams and lit bonfires nightly in their backyard. The bell jar that surrounded my cake was just for show. At least until Betty Sue started to grow horns during the blessing. When her eyes turned red and she started shouting “Hail Satan!” in that otherworldly voice, well, I just had to take matters into my own hands, didn’t I? Martha Stewart would have approved of the way I managed to slay the demon using only a glass cake topper and serving wedge, without getting a single drop of blood on my Sunday best.“Slice of cake, anyone?”

About Laura Roberts

Laura can leg-press an average-sized sumo wrestler, has written an entire novel in just three days, and is the founding editor of Black Heart Magazine. She publishes books that press buttons at Buttontapper Press, and her short fiction has appeared in such publications as A Twist of Noir, The Flash Fiction Offensive, 34th Parallel, and Mad Scientist Journal. She currently lives in Sacramento, California with her artist husband and their literary kitties and can be found on Twitter @buttontapper.

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