Birthday cakes have been around since at least the 19th century and are a staple for everyone's annual passing around the sun - think delicious buttercream, soft sponge cake, and creative designs. But what options are out there for us savoury-loving folks?
As the years roll on, people have adapted and modified the celebration of their birth, and it turns out a bunch of people have combined their love for Mexican food and birthdays with none other than birthday taco cakes.
The idea revolves around making a bunch of tacos - soft or hard shell as preferred - and shaping them into the age of the birthday person.
According to Diply, it seems like the trend was sparked by a Houston restaurant called Las Brasas Tacos & Grill. They happily make birthday taco arrangements to suit whatever age you're turning and can add in whatever toppings your heart desires.
Check out some below:
Now, looking for something a little healthier? Try these Fresh Mexican Chicken Tinga Tacos.
Prep: 30 Minutes - Cook: 30 Minutes - Easy - Serves 4
⅓ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbs canola oil
2 tbs chopped chipotle or red chillies
2 cans whole tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
450g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 tsp brown sugar (or xylitol)
Salt, to taste
12 corn tortillas (15cm), warmed
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
3/4 cup thinly sliced radish
3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco, goat’s cheese or low-fat feta
Lime wedges, to serve
- In a saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in oil for 1 min or until transparent.
- Transfer to a blender or food processor with the chillies and tomatoes, and process until almost smooth. Return mixture to the saucepan.
- Stir in water, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add chicken and sugar, then cook, uncovered, for 45 mins or until fork-tender.
- Season with salt. Remove meat from the sauce and set aside to cool.
- Continue to simmer sauce until reduced by half (about 20–25 mins). Shred chicken using a fork, then add it back into the sauce and mix to combine.
- To serve, spoon a third cup of sauce (with meat)onto each tortilla, top with cabbage and radish, and sprinkle with 1 tbs of cheese. Serve with lime wedges.
- Fill your tacos with salsa, shredded cabbage and lettuce instead of extra cheese.
- Go for corn tortillas instead of the traditional wheat ones.
- Try leaner meats like chicken or fish, instead of pulled pork or lamb.
- Dollop guacamole over your meals instead of sour cream.
- More beans, less rice! Beans contain more fibre and protein and are low-GI.
Nutrition info: Per serving (3 tacos), 1881kJ, 14g fat (4.5g sat), 49g carbs (8g sugar), 7g fibre, 37g protein, 410mg sodium