Of all the different cannabis edibles, one of the most iconic is space cake. There are countless recipes available online. Cannabis is easy to include in just about all of the basic cake (and many other!) recipes. The key requirements when making space cake are to use some fat in the recipe and to use de-carboxylated cannabis.
The oil, butter or fat will readily extract the active ingredients (known as cannabinoids) allowing them to be easily absorbed by the human digestive system. Decarboxylation is where the cannabinoids undergo a slight chemical change when heated, this makes them bio-available. When you vape or smoke cannabis, the heat naturally decarboxylates the cannabinoids before they reach your lungs.
In this weeks blog we offer a proven and easy recipe to allow you to make your own space cake. We also suggest some good varieties which are particularly suitable for making space cake and we explain some of the science involved.
What is space cake?
Space cake, whichever recipe you make it with, is a cake with cannabis extracts. It’s a great way to get high, but it’s very important to note that you should allow a couple of hours for the high to arrive. Don’t keep eating more and more until you feel high, that’s the way to consume way more than necessary and make yourself ill. Take a slice of space cake and then wait a couple of hours for the effects to begin.
If you are not sure what dose suits you, start off with a small slice and try more on a subsequent day. Many people feel it is wise to avoid drinking alcohol when using space cake, and perhaps it is also wise to avoid smoking/vaping cannabis at the same time as well.
Space cake is made like a normal cake, but with the addition of THC and other cannabinoids from cannabis.
You can buy space cake in places like Amsterdam, where it has been popular for decades. Or you may find it more reliable and cost effective to make your own from your home grown cannabis. Space cake connoisseurs will say the best way to make it is with your best quality buds. You can make seriously strong space cake! Others would argue that you should save your best buds for your vaporiser, and use your spare trimmings left over from harvest to make space cake. The choice is yours!
Space cake. Reasons to be careful with space cake or other cannabis edibles
Don’t expect to get high immediately from space cake as you would from a vaporiser. When eating space cake caution is important. Understand your own tolerance level. Are you an infrequent cannabis user that gets high from very small amounts? Or are you a frequent cannabis user experienced with the effects of cannabis and able to tolerate the effects of high-dose edibles?
A good coffee shop will be able to advise you about the effects of their cake. Start slowly and build up. If you eat an excessively high-dose of space cake it may feel unpleasant and confusing. So if you can, start with small doses on different days and build up slowly. Try to avoid the unpleasant feeling of eating too much space cake, or other cannabis edible.
Feminised seeds, autoflower seeds and home-grown, home-made space cake
Growing your own cannabis from feminised seeds or autoflower seeds is the most affordable way to get top quality buds and trim to use for your space cake. You can experiment making your own space cake and gradually establish the right quantity of buds/trim required to give you a blissfully enjoyable space cake experience.
Avoid eating a major meal just before you eat your space cake, it could affect digestion and timing of the high. You may prefer to enjoy your space cake on a relatively empty stomach with a coffee, or perhaps a scoop of ice cream. Perhaps you will plan some easy and relaxing activities afterwards and definitely avoid driving. Music, films and entertainment have their enjoyment enhanced with space cake. Many space cake lovers enjoy spending time in nature when they are high and simply relaxing. Most space cake lovers would probably claim that they have a particularly good nights sleep afterwards. Indeed, many medical cannabis users claim that one of the best medical benefits of space cake is improved sleep, rest and relaxation.
What do you need to make space cakes?
Before you dive in, you’ll need to assemble the following supplies to make your space cake.
- 1 gram of cannabis flower
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter (plus more if you’re using a ratio of cannabutter to regular butter)
- 1 3/4 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1.5 tsp of baking powder
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 2 eggs
- Chocolate chips (optional)
- Double boiler
- Metal mesh strainer
- Spatula/other utensils
- Mason jar
- Cooking spray
- 9” x 9″ cake tin
- Electric mixer (optional)
- Mixing bowl
With all your ingredients assembled, it’s time to begin baking.
How to make a space cake
Step 1: The first step to making a homemade space cake is to decarboxylate your cannabis (convert the THCA into THC) and make infused cannabutter. If you already have cannabutter prepared, skip ahead to step
Step 2: To decarboxylate your weed, preheat the oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit and weigh one gram of cannabis flower. Use a grinder, scissors, or your hands to evenly break apart your flower and sprinkle it on top of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake your flower in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, making sure to flip your flower halfway through the cooking period.
Step 3: While your weed is cooking, set up a double boiler and warm the butter to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. When your marijuana is finished baking, pour it into the melted butter and stir well. Allow the weed butter mixture to sit at 220 degrees for 45 minutes, occasionally stirring with a spatula.
Step 4: Remove the butter from the stove and filter the plant materials through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth. Squeeze the plant matter into a bowl or mason jar to strain most of the butter. Place the butter in the refrigerator to cool slightly and solidify while prepping your space cake mixture.
Step 5: Set your oven’s temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use cooking spray to grease your cake tin and sprinkle it with flour, as this will make it easier to remove the cake when you’re finished.