The Devil’s Black Metal Forest Trifle

Today’s prompt is a cartoon inspired cake. One of my favorite cartoons/animated shows is Metalocalypse. It ran on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network when I was younger. I loved the show, the music, and I even went to a Dethklok concert when I was in college.

So what’s more metal than a devils’ black metal forest cake? I’ve seen several other veganmofo bloggers make pop cakes and I decided to give it a try. I bought a box of vegan devil’s food cake mix and some Cheerwine (which is a cherry soda made here in NC, though it might be available all over the US now. I highly recommend trying it if you can get it). I also purchased my whipped cream, though you can make your own.

I had some issues with baking. I was dumb and forgot to put parchment paper in the baking pans, rookie mistake. Sure enough my cakes got stuck and broke. But what’s more brutal than a cake that’s been ripped apart? So I used all my ingredients and made a trifle. I have zero decorating skills, but I think the ugliness gives it some charm. I wish I has a prettier serving dish, but I only had a food storage container.

Clearly, this recipe will also work as a cake, if you remember to use parchment paper.

The Devil’s Black Metal Forest Trifle


  • 1 Recipe Pop Cake
  • Vegan Whipped Cream
  • Cherry Goo

Pop Cake


  • 1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 12 oz Can or Glass Bottle Cheerwine or other cherry pop


  1. Preheat oven to package directions and prep pans (use parchment paper if you want cake instead of trifle!)
  2. Mix cake mix and cherry pop.
  3. Divide amongst your pans.
  4. Bake until a toothpick come out clean (about 20-25 minutes).

Cherry Goo


16 oz Frozen Cherries

1/4 Cup Kirsch


  1. Mix ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium or high (whatever works on your stove) heat until liquid reduces by about half.

To Assemble Trifle

  1. Line the bottom of your container with cake pieces from one cake.
  2. Dollup the outer edges of the cake pieces with whipped cream.
  3. Fill in the rest of the area with cherry goo, saving half of it.
  4. Place cake pieces from the other cake on top of the whipped cream and cherry goo.
  5. Repeat the same process as on the bottom half. Only maybe make it look pretty if you want.