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August 31, 2016 02:21 PM

Instead of being treated to a fancy dinner, Cameron Diaz celebrated her 44th birthday by cooking it herself with her celebrity pals and family in tow.

The actress was spotted baking up a storm at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California on Tuesday, along with hubby Benji Madden, his brother Joel and wife Nicole Richie, and close friend Gwyneth Paltrow and her boyfriend, producer Brad Falchuk.

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Diaz, who is not new to getting her hands dirty in the kitchen, has previously cooked with Reese Witherspoon and bestie Drew Barrymore in 2014, attending a pasta-making class at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California.

Diaz and Madden have also taken on the bold task of cooking for Paltrow before. “Oh my freshest sweetest peaches and burrata. Thank heaven for @camerondiaz and@benjaminmadden,” the Goop mogul captioned an Instagram of this beautiful dish last summer.

In honor of Diaz’s birthday, Paltrow closed the day out with a sweet photo on Instagram, showing her love for her bestie.

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“Dear @camerondiaz, before the day ends, I bid you a happy birthday, and I hit the ground with gratitude for getting to be one of the women who calls you a best friend,” she captioned the photo.

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Meanwhile, Benji also posted a heartfelt, emoji-filled message on Instagram to his wife of nearly two years.

“Happy Birthday to my beautiful Wife,” he wrote, adding, “You’re my best friend and I’m so thankful for you.” The sweet message echoed his sentiments to her on last year’s birthday, when he called himself “the luckiest guy alive.”

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