Jacinda Ardern busts out her birthday cake baking skills and they’re tremendous

Posted in Birthday.

We all know that New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is basically Wonder Woman – by day, she is busy running a country; by night, she is putting her two-year-old toddler, Neve Te Aroha, to bed.  

In fact, busy mothers everywhere look at Jacinda Ardern as the guiding light for modern-day working mothers – mostly because she never seems to lose her good humour, clarity of thought and perspective.

After all, we can’t help but love a world leader who takes the time amidst the business of daily coronavirus press briefings to address childrens’ concerns over whether the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are considered ‘essential workers’. (That’s a YES, by the way!)

Happy birthday, Neve

So it probably comes as no surprise that when it came to celebrating little Neve’s 2nd birthday recently on 21 June, Jacinda went old-school. In the great tradition of working mothers everywhere, who are short on time but full of optimism and good intentions, she decided that the only thing to do was bake and decorate Neve’s birthday cake herself.

(We like to imagine that most of this was done late at night, perhaps with a little bit of cursing under her breath when things didn’t go quite to plan – because isn’t this what happens to us all when we start an ambitious project with a hard deadline?!)

And it wasn’t any ordinary birthday cake either – Jacinda chose a classic from birthday cake book we all pored over as children – The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Excitement levels have just gone right up!

What was her cake of choice? The piano birthday cake, of course! 

Cake making lessons

There is so much to love about the joyous Instagram post that was shared – the look of slightly apologetic triumph on Jacinda’s face, the tremendous and slightly wonky cake itself, but most of all, the comment:

“Cake making lesson number two – don’t focus on making the cake look in proportion with little to no attention on structural integrity….there is a jar of lentils propping this thing up. Happy Birthday Neve! Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy.”

How many of us have needed a little extra help from a jar of lentils (or similar) to make everything look just-right on the big day?! And how many of us have used this simple act as a way of sending such a beautiful message?

“Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy.”

This really could be a mantra for life – ignore the imperfections and focus on the joy instead. 

Happy birthday, Neve!


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