NZ prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, chose a classic Women’s Weekly Party Cake for her daughter Neve’s first birthday.

“Doing what so many parents have done before me,” PM Ardern shared on Instagram.

“Waited till baby was up in bed before trying to magic up a passable cake for the big first birthday.”

She also thanked everyone for their well wishes:

“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!)”

In a follow up post she shared:

“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!”

Looks pretty good to us!

Did you make your little ones first birthday cake or outsource the job to someone who knew how?

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  • Wow, someone actually making a birthday cake for their child instead of paying a ridiculous amount if money for a professionally made one. It’s not like she can’t afford to lavishly spoil her child, yet she chooses not to, good for you Prime Minister


  • the first one was store bought…i’m not a baker :(


  • I have been making cakes for all of my son’s birthday so far


  • What a credit to Jacinda – I hope when I try a cake out of this amazing book for my bubs first birthday it turns out just as incredible!! An inspiration to other mums.


  • So cute. We loved the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book as children. Yes I’ve always made my children’s birthday cake except for this year!


  • A close friend of ours makes her 2 Granddaughters’ cakes. I’m not sure if the are from the same Womens Weekly Book though. I know one of the girls had a racing car track one and a farm one another year.


  • Great job. What a super mum!


  • My aunty made my daughters first cake. It was a castle and looked stunning. No way could i have pulled something like that off.


  • Looks pretty good to me! Great cake!


  • My husband made our sons first Birthday cake because he insisted on him having a crocodile. He did a great job.


  • We love these traditional cakes and make our own cakes.


  • I made a teddy bear cake. It looked a little warped! Oh well at least I tried :)


  • A gorgeous cake and it turned out beautifully! Good on her for doing it herself!


  • Great outcome – it looks wonderful and those who attended the party would have loved the cake. How wonderful she did it herself.


  • That cake looks great! I really love this lady, she seems so down to earth and genuinely cares about people


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