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Cannabis Column | June 21, 2022

How to make cannabis cake

Interested in learning how to make cannabis cake?

You’ve come to the right place! This article is packed with information on how to make weed cake, space cakes, and all sorts of delicious THC-infused baked goods.

By the end of this article you will know everything there is to know about making cannabis cakes and be able to easily make a Strawberry Shortcake Space Cake. Not only are cannabis cakes delicious, but they’re also a great way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without smoking.

If you're ready to learn how to make cannabis cake, keep reading!

What is weed cake or “space cake”?

Weed cakes also known as THC-infused cakes or marijuana cakes are a type of cannabis edible. Edibles such as weed cakes provide long-lasting effects compared to smoking.

Weed cake can be made at home by infusing THC into butter or oil and then using your homemade cannabutter in place of regular butter or oil. Alternatively, THC-infused cake mixes are available for purchase in some dispensaries.

To start mixing up delicious inspiration here are seven of the best cakes to make with cannabutter:

How to make a simple weed cake

A weed cake is simply a cake that uses THC-infused butter or oil in place of regular butter or oil. The THC-infused butter or oil can be made at home using a saucepan, crockpot, or double boiler. THC-infused butter and oil can also be purchased at a dispensary.

Once you have THC-infused butter or oil, it can be used in any recipe that calls for regular butter or oil. For example, you could add it to your favorite brownie mix, cookie dough, or cake batter. Just be sure the cannabis has been decarboxylated (or you won’t get the effects you’re looking for)!

Decarboxylation is the process of converting tetrahydrocannabinolic (THC-A) into THC, and it is essential for getting the full psychoactive effect of THC. You can decarboxylate your weed by baking it in the oven at 245 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. Once your weed is decarboxylated, simply infuse your butter or oil with cannabis and you're good to go!

Can you add decarbed weed to brownie mix?

The short answer is yes. You can add decarbed weed to brownie mix or any other batter or recipe that calls for butter or oil, but it's important to keep a few things in mind.

First, the THC needs to be infused into fat (butter, oil, etc.) before adding it to the brownie mix. Otherwise, the THC will not be activated and you will not get high from eating the brownies.

Second, you'll want to start with a small amount of weed and work your way up until you find the perfect dosage for you. Remember, edibles can take up to two hours to kick in, so it's important to not overload your baked goods or you could end up overdosing on weed!

How to make space cake

Space cake is just another term for cannabis cake, so a space cake is just a type of cannabis edible made with cake batter. The THC-infused cake is then eaten like any other cake.

If you want to learn how to make space cake, you can follow our easy Strawberry Shortcake Space Cake recipe. It is perfect for the spring and summer months! If you’re vegan or gluten-free, our space cake recipe includes modifications for you.

Let’s get baking!

How to make space cake (strawberry shortcake)

Equipment

  • (2) Large mixing bowls
  • (3) 9 inch cake pans
  • Baking sheet
  • Glass mason jar for cannabis oil
  • Cooking thermometer 
  • Cooling rack
  • Electric mixer
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Metal mesh strainer
  • Mixing spoons
  • Oven
  • Parchment paper
  • Saucepan
  • Toothpick 
  • Weed grinder

Cake Layer Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs, large (or 4 tbsp of Gluten-Free Egg Replacer and 8 tbsp of water)
  • 1 gram of Cannabis flower 
  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour (or Gluten-Free Flour)
  • 1/2 cup Butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups Milk (or dairy-free milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Strawberry Layers

  • 12 Strawberries, fresh, washed, and whole (for the top of the cake)
  • 1 lb Strawberries, fresh, washed, and sliced
  • 3 tbsp Sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 2 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream, cold (for a vegan whipped cream option follow this Aquafaba recipe)
  • 1 1/4 cups Powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

Steps to decarb your cannabis and infuse oil

Homemade THC-infused oil will have a shelf life of two months. You can make a larger batch by doubling or tripling the recipe and have it on hand to infuse cakes and other foods.

If you do not have THC-infused oil on hand you may want to do this step the day before you make your cake.

  1. Set the oven to 245ºF. Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your cannabis flower on the baking sheet. Heat the cannabis for 40 minutes.
  2. Use the grinder to break up the cannabis into consistent sized pieces. If you don't want cannabis flower pieces actually in your cake, ensure the ground pieces are large enough so that they don't push through the metal strainer.
  3. Infuse your vegetable oil by adding the vegetable oil to a saucepan and adding the decarbed cannabis. Simmer the oil on low for 2 - 3 hours. Use a cooking thermometer to ensure the temperature stays between 160-200ºF.
  4. Strain the oil through the metal strainer into the glass mason jar. Do not squeeze the cannabis; this adds a "grassy" taste as it releases chlorophyll. Throw out or compost the leftover plant material.

Prepare the strawberries for your strawberry shortcake space cake

  1. Wash 1 lb of strawberries, de-stem them, and slice them into four to five slices.
  2. Place the strawberries in a large mixing bowl and toss them with 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. To bring out the juices of the strawberries, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 1 - 2 hours.

Make your strawberry shortcake space cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Place parchment paper at the bottom of each cake pan and grease the sides of the pans.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the butter, the infused cannabis oil, sugar, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy. This takes about 2 minutes. To achieve the right texture, be sure to beat together for the entire 2 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, and mix until mostly combined. If you are using egg replacer, add "one egg" at a time, mixing until mostly combined.
  6. Add half of the dry ingredients to the cake batter and mix well.
  7. Add the milk slowly, stirring until everything is mixed together.
  8. Add the remaining dry ingredients.Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Mix until smooth. Be careful not to over-mix.
  9. Divide the batter evenly into each cake pan and bake for 18 - 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check that it is fully cooked. 
  10. Remove cakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before you transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow the cakes to cool completely on cooling rack.

Make your whipped cream

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to a large clean mixing bowl and whip on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form (or follow this recipe for a vegan whipped cream option).

Assemble your strawberry shortcake space cake

  1. Place the first cake layer on a cake plate or serving platter. Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of the cake and add half of the strawberries on top.
  2. Add another layer of cake on top. Spread whipped cream and add the other half of your sliced strawberries.
  3. Add the last layer of cake on top and spread or pipe on the whipped cream. Decorate the top of the cake with 12 whole strawberries.
  4. Refrigerate your space cake until ready to serve.

Strawberry shortcake space cake ideas

Want to take your Strawberry Shortcake Space Cake to the next level? Here are a few ideas:

Once you’ve made your cannabis cake, you can enjoy it with friends or keep it all to yourself – we won’t tell! Just be sure to follow the recipe closely so that your cake turns out perfectly. Now know how to make cannabis cake. Tag us on social media if you try this recipe.

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