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Just like us! Jacinda Ardern bakes classic Women's Weekly cake for daughter's 1st birthday

Just like us! Jacinda Ardern bakes classic Women's Weekly cake for daughter's 1st birthday

Once again, the people’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has proven that she’s just like the rest of us. Excited to celebrate her daughter Neve’s first birthday, the politician took to the pages of classic cookbook Women’s Weekly Kids’ Party Cakes to guide her into baking a cake for the occasion.

Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford turned one on June 21, and to mark the monumental moment, the leader of New Zealand chose to make her a bunny cake.

“Doing what so many parents have done before me,” Ardern wrote on Instagram. “Waited till baby was up in bed before trying to magic up a passable cake for the big first birthday.”

Ardern then thanked everyone for the well wishes during Neve’s first trip around the sun.

“To the many, many people who have wished our family well, sent knitted goods and passed on a piece of wisdom about parenthood over the past year – thank you. It truly takes a village (and someone in said village may get a call if I don’t sort this cake!)”

And the final result was a success.

“I may be smiling but about an hour earlier I was not enjoying the first birthday cake making experience (like just about every parent I know!),” she wrote. “I recommend cakes that you can legitimately cover in coconut – it hides almost everything. Happy Birthday wee Neve!”

And Neve’s birthday was remembered by someone very special, a person who shares the same birthdate with the one-year-old: Prince William. Taking to Twitter, dad Clarke Gayford shared photos of the present the royal sent Neve, a Buzzy Bee toy engraved with the note, “Happy Birthday Neve, from Prince William.”