Zooey Deschanel: My 1-year-old snubbed her homemade birthday cake

On her baby’s unexpected first word, and a very unsuccessful 1st birthday cake...


New Girl star Zooey Deschanel’s been laying low since giving birth to her daughter, Elsie Otter.


But the actress dropped by US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live to chat about her new role as director on the popular E4 sitcom, and her life as a new mum.

As it turns out, one of Elsie’s first words was ‘cheese’ (fair play, Elsie) alongside the usual ‘mum’ and ‘dad’. Though Zooey forgot her daughter’s love for, well, cheese, when baking her first birthday cake – something Zooey says did NOT go to plan:

“I did make her a little heart-shaped cake that didn’t have sugar. It just had mashed banana in it,” she told Jimmy.

“Well, you know, she’s so little and there’s a lot of sugar in cake. And I whipped up some coconut cream and put it on top so it looked like a cupcake.

“You see on the internet, [people are] like ‘smash cake, smash cake, you gotta make a smash cake for your 1-year-old’ so I’m making this cake just so she can smash it.

“And we’re like ‘alright here’s your cake, happy birthday’ and she goes…”

It’s probably best for Zooey to demonstrate Elsie’s less-than-impressed reaction… 

“Once I cut up a bit, she had a little bit of it, but it’s not…” Zooey continued.

“Kids are smart,” Jimmy responded. “They know they’re being cheated.”

“I should’ve made a cheesecake… she’ll have sugar eventually. I just want to put it off because it, like, makes them crazy. She had a baked apple the other day and was like ‘ahhhh’.”

Maybe Elsie Otter could just tell there wasn’t any sugar in it – or perhaps a cheesecake was the way to go.

But one thing’s for sure – so many of us put in loads of effort making cakes, organising parties and buying presents for that special first birthday, only for our child to ignore the cake, cry throughout the party and forego the gifts for the cardboard box they came in ?

It’s all pretty exciting for us, but the 1-year-old really doesn’t know much about what’s going on. So, we feel you, Zooey.

There’s always next year for things to go plan, eh? 

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Image/GIF: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live

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