A Surprise Party for God and Simple Chocolate Raspberry Cake Recipe

Ever since I can remember I have been snuggling with Graham at night for a few minutes. The older he gets the more he talks. I love these moments because it is often when the hidden parts of the day come pouring out and I find out about things he loves, things that made him sad or just ideas he has for the future.  Friday night Graham was eager to tell me about an idea he had for Saturday.

“Mom, I really think we should throw a surprise party for God.”

I asked him what his plans were and he started revealing a well thought out plan he had evidently come up with earlier that day.  He wanted to invite over Nana and Poppy as well as his Aunt, Uncle and cousins.  We should have a chocolate cake (that was fancy) and he was going to write the invitations and deliver them in the morning.  Decorations were going to consist of Christmas lights placed around the tables and he already had a song picked out (His Kind of Love by Group 1 Crew).  I told him that I thought it sounded like an excellent idea and that I would be happy to bake a chocolate cake.

Saturday morning came and he woke up on his own, put on dress clothes and got busy making invitations.  Once he was done he was out the door and ready to deliver them.  I asked him about the dress clothes and he said it was for the party.  We all needed to look nice for God’s surprise party.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a surprise party without someone jumping out from behind the couch and yelling “Surprise” so Graham did just that as people entered the house.  As soon as everyone made it we gathered around the table and Graham said a prayer thanking God for all He is and all He does.  To say that my heart was overflowing would be an understatement.

surprise party for God

I couldn’t think of a better reason to celebrate!  If only I could think a little more like Graham and celebrate God for who He is on all occasions and for the small things he blesses us with everyday.  To thank Him for being constant, for chasing us when we run and picking us up when we fall.  I think the song Graham picked was absolutely perfect… “His kind of love is reckless for us, His kind of love will never give up…”.

Not only did we celebrate our amazing God, but we also had great time with family and I figured out a quick and easy cake recipe that everyone enjoyed!

Simple Chocolate Raspberry Cake Recipe

Simple Chocolate Raspberry Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 oz raspberry jam
  • handful of raspberries
  • Chocolate frosting (2 cans store bought)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. Stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla and mix well for about 2 minutes (medium speed).
  4. Stir in the boiling water (this is what makes the cake moist so don't skip the boiling part).
  5. Pour evenly into the pans.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely before icing.
  8. Whip the raspberry jam with a mixer until smooth.
  9. Ice the bottom cake completely with frosting.
  10. Spread a layer of jam across the top of the cake (this will be the middle filling).
  11. Place the other cake on top and ice with frosting completely.
  12. Use the remaining jam on top and add raspberries to cover.

This recipe was adapted from an AllRecipes.com recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/one-bowl-chocolate-cake-iii/detail.aspx

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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. Could your son be any cuter!!!!!! That cake looks delicious too!

  2. What a sweet idea! (Literally!) That cake also looks amazing! Handful of raspberries, though? Looks more like a few fistfuls. 🙂 LOVE.

    • Ha! Emilie, I guess a handful was an understatement huh? Remember watching Justin Wilson on TV and his crazy measurements? Now I need to go YouTube him.

  3. What a sweet and smart guy you have. What a proud mommy moment and that cake looks wonderful.

  4. I love this! What an amazing heart your little guy has!! Congrats on instilling a strong faith in him. Love the recipe too and can’t wait to try it.

    • Thank you Jenn. Those boys never cease to surprise me. Just today he all but cried over me using the reusable shopping bags at Ingles! “Mom, I saw this commercial where there were mountains of trash because of plastic. We have to do something”.

  5. Awwwww! What a neat kid! Sounds like his mom’s pretty cool too (for embracing the idea full force and not blowing it off). A+’s all around. 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness, Graham is so ADORABLE!!!! Love that he thought of this all on his own!

  7. That’s amazing, that Graham came up with that idea. It’s even cooler that you went along with it and supported his concept. I’m sure God was pleased with His surprise party.

  8. That just melts my heart! What a sweet little guy. And that cakes looks delicious!

  9. Thank you Nichol. Yes.. he is my sweetie!

  10. I love Graham’s tender heart towards the Lord. What a sweet fragrance it must be to Him when a child’s heart is turned towards him like that! My 9yo would do the same thing and show up in a suit and tie of his own accord. It’s so cool! Oh for our hearts and minds to be more childlike. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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