A direct quote from the bible is changed for comedic effect. Is it an allusion? maybe a paronomastic pan?

And God said: “Let there be cake. And there was cake. And God saw that it was good.”

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I don't think it fits in a single rhetorical technique or literary device. It can be interpreted as an example of multiple techniques

Since the original phrase is serious and carries great import, the substitution of cake for comedic effect seems like it makes this an example of Bathos, which its used to describe making either the silly serious or the serious silly.

It could also be 'defamiliarization' because the cake phrase is a transformation of something we are familiar with and flips it around.

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