Laura Daniel is a New Zealand television host, comedian and amateur baker. She’s previously impersonated the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.
Daniel recently went up against fellow television host Hilary Barry in a baking competition on Barry’s television show Seven Sharp.
The challenge: make a cake, without flour, in two hours depicting a Kiwi icon.
In an episode that aired on Tuesday night, Barry produced a pavlova — a delicious meringue concoction, usually served with cream and fruit, that is popular in New Zealand and Australia — in the shape of Aoraki (Mount Cook).
Isn’t it nice!
Daniel chose a trickier target. She told BuzzFeed News that she decided to make a cake in the likeness of Jacinda Ardern as a tribute.
“I genuinely love her and think she’s been doing a great job,” Daniel said. “And what better way to honour her than a stunning cake?”
At the end of the allotted time, Daniel produced … this.
She later apologised for her cake, which incorporated an actual set of prosthetic teeth used by Daniel in her impersonations.
“They say don’t bake your heroes. But I wanted to try anyway. I’m deeply sorry @jacindaardern I truly tried my best with what I had available,” Daniel wrote on Instagram.
People poked fun at the cake on social media. One user commented on Daniel’s post: “That will visit my dreams.” Another said: “And I thought Covid19 was bad.”
Even Ardern weighed in with a comment: “😳😳”.
Despite her muse’s response to the cake, Daniel still stans her prime minister.
“I guess you could say Jacinda Ardern is a better prime minister than I am a baker,” she said.