Yes the day has been and gone, I am no longer the Birthday Queen (boo). Although I still have few celebrations in the pipeline. Mostly though, I am feeling exhausted from a huge lunch yesterday. It was a buffet style meal in a very exclusive hotel (Mr LD though it was a bit footballers wives) and I wanted to try everything. So today I am on a soup and chocolate diet!
Anyway I decided to take some time to review my life so far, and so far so good. I have lived a very blessed life and I don't know why, I'm not especially good or talented, I'd put myself down as more of a plodder!
My parents are and have always been amazing, loving and very supportive. They never pushed me to do anything I didn't want to do and were happy as long as I had tried my best. They have definitely instilled in me a love for creating and cooking and baking and gardening and making! They are fun, and I know that even now would help me with anything I need.
I have a lovely brother, sister-in-laws, in-laws and nieces. We are all easy going and enjoy spending time together.
Then, of course, there is the fabulous Mr Lemon Drizzle, he makes me laugh, alot. And more importantly he thinks I'm hilarious! He is kind and thoughtful (incredibly handsome!) I am very lucky to have found him, as he likes to remind me. We have our gorgeous kidlets who bring so much laughter into our house, there is nothing better than a six year old giggling uncontrollably!
And I also have some really lovely friends who I know I can rely upon in a crisis, or for a great night out.
I live in a gorgeous town, in a lovely house. Really the only thing I am lacking is some more sun and a cake empire, but I'm working on that!
Finally a big thankyou to my lovely blog followers. You really cheer me up with your lovely comments, and inspire me onto better things.
Gosh that reads like an Oscar speech!
(Drips tears onto the keyboard, imagines cheering.)
Enough of all this and onto the most important thing, the cake!
I have devised a gorgeous decadent chocolate cupcake for you. It was inspired by a chocolate tart Heston Blumenthal made for Christmas. I have to admit the popping candy didn't pop after it had been put into the chocolate but still gave a nice crunch. You could use chopped nuts instead! But for a really special occasion you must have the gold leaf!
I hope you enjoy!
All I can say is YUM!
ps. see here for last years birthday cakes.