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It’s Zoe’s birthday again! Ok, it was. I’m so thankful I got to celebrate one more year with Zoe and make her another cake. I am truly blessed to call her friend and roomie!

This year, Zoe’s birthday happened right in the middle of Olympics. To add to our Olympic fever, the men’s singles badminton final was scheduled on her birthday, which absolutely did nothing to distract us from the birthday girl. Not true. The final was a rematch of Beijing 2008 and Malaysia’s only hope for a gold medal was playing against China’s number one. Our waitress found it hilarious that we were sitting at the table hunched over our iPhones streaming the finals. Hey! If the birthday girl can do it, so can the rest of us! I wish Lee Chong Wei would have given Zoe added birthday cheer but alas, his valiant efforts came to naught once again. Maybe next time?

Once the game was over and we were done sighing, we brought out the cupcakes, sang to Zoe, and dug right in!

Recipe for the lemon poppy seed cupcake can be found here.