The world of edibles was long dominated by pot brownies and the iconic, astronomical, space cake. But if you’ve ever sat in an Amsterdam coffeeshop and tried to eat one of those pre-wrapped space cakes/bricks of unknown origin, you might ask why bother?
The good news is that baking a cake, especially one that will get you baked, is simple and the end product is almost certain to be superior than store-bought pre-made dough lumps.
Here’s how to make your marijuana into a cake and bake it with it.
What’s a space cake?
Space cakes are a type of edible that is shaped like a cake, muffin, or pastry. They’re literally cakes (sometimes referred to as “space pastries”), muffins, or pastries sold by numerous medical cannabis dispensaries and several coffee shops in Amsterdam that have a talent for baking. The distinction between space cakes and regular pastries is, obviously, the active THC component. Cannabutter is used to make space cakes; it’s butter that has been heated in a pan with marijuana leaves and buds before being sifted out.
A space cake, like other marijuana edibles, is intense and cerebral as well as body-stone weighted. The high, nevertheless, takes just as long to start developing – about an hour to an hour and a half – so don’t underestimate how much you’ll need.
Why should I bake a Space Cake and not just smoke a joint?
If you’re used to smoking a joint and getting an almost immediate high from it, you might question why bother making edibles. This makes sense, particularly when you consider how long it takes for marijuana edibles to work and how long their high lasts.
Edibles aren’t meant to take the place of joints, and the experiences aren’t comparable. Edibles deliver a unique high that is different from smoking and can be a fun break. They may also be a wonderful method to surprise guests or give the perfect present for someone who isn’t a fan of smoking but enjoys cannabis.
Is a nutritious food treat a reasonable everyday indulgence? Perhaps not for everyone, but they do give a unique, powerful, full-body high that makes you look like a ten-year-old who just got the biggest piece of birthday cake and doesn’t have to share.
Common edibles mistakes
An attempt by a would-be spacecake astronaut to bite into a fluffy, cannabis-infused cake results in nothing. They take another bite — or two — an hour later to discover that the initial dose is taking effect, but there is no rescue craft on its way.
This is a typical problem with edibles, and even seasoned users might make this blunder. Keep in mind that edibles take longer to take effect than other forms of cannabis. Take your time, start small, and wait at least an hour and a half before refueling.
The most common mistake is failing to decarboxylate your marijuana before cooking edibles. Because the cannabis has not been decarboxylated, the cake may be delicious, but it will not make you high. Here’s why.
Why decarboxylation is key
If you decarboxylate marijuana, your couch will become a lunar module. Decarbing is the conversion of THCA to THC using heat, and your sofa into a moon base. When you smoke cannabis, decarbing happens rapidly, but if you consume it, you’ll need to do so first. This is an incredibly easy process that only takes about 30-45 minutes in the oven with some foil or a baking sheet. Place ground cannabis on a pan in the oven for roughly 30-45 minutes at temperatures ranging from 220-245°F (105-120°C).
Make a point of cracking the window, though. While in space, no one can hear you scream, but your housemates on Earth will be able to smell the scent of decarbing marijuana coming from within.
How to make cannabis oil and cannabutter
The final stage before you may go is to prepare a cannabis infusion. Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are fat-soluble, which means they must be consumed with a fatty substance for the body to absorb and process them.
You may simply transform any recipe to a cannabis cuisine by replacing the original oil or butter with your infused fat of choice, olive oil, coconut oil, or butter.
Many people would say that just butter should be used in a cake, but the one we’re going to show you uses vegetable oil instead.
How to infuse vegetable oil with cannabis
Here’s what you’ll need to make some cannabis oil:
- 1 cup or around 7-14 grams of ground, decarboxylated cannabis
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- Double-boiler, saucepan, or crockpot
- Storage container
You may use a variety of methods to infuse cannabis. The saucepan technique is quite easy; simply heat the oil and decarboxylated cannabis in a saucepan at around 130-150°F (55-65°C) for three hours, stirring it frequently to prevent scorching.
Place cannabis and oil in a Crock-Pot, set to low heat for three hours, and let it cook. Fill the bottom pan with water and add the oil if you’re using a double boiler; simmer for three hours with cannabis.
Remove the skillet from the heat and allow it to cool with each method. Allow it to strain through a cheesecloth into a jar once it’s done. Squeeze the cloth several times to be sure all of the oil has been removed.
All that remains now is to store it in a safe container that is out of the reach of any little children who might be visiting.
Another factor to consider while preparing cannabis oil is the strength. Use less cannabis if you want a more mild batch, with 6 or 7 grams of flower. It’s entirely up to you. If you’re making an intense batch of oil, half-infuse it and half-non-infused oil before using it in a recipe to make sure it isn’t too powerful. It all depends on your tolerance and how strong you want the cake to be.
The cannabis Space Cake recipe
You may make your own marijuana cake from scratch, using detailed records of your family’s lineage dating back to the Magna Carta’s creation, or you may simply change an existing recipe.
The cosmos is home to a wide range of cake recipes, but we decided to customize this lovely chocolate cake from Martha Stewart. She has culinary expertise and was formerly incarcerated with Snoop Dogg as a friend and collaborator.
How to make chocolate Space Cake
- 3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 cup cannabis-infused vegetable oil
- 11⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 6 cups sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups hot water
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Oil two 8-inch cake pans with butter and flour them. Butter paper and cocoa should be placed on the bottom of each pan.
In a mixing dish, whisk the cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. On low speed for a couple of minutes with an electric mixer, combine the oil, buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, and hot water until smooth. Beat for about two minutes or until completely uniform.
Remove the cakes from the oven and set them aside to cool for 10 minutes before turning them out. Slice and serve with berries or whipped cream if desired.
Remove the cakes from the oven and set them on wire racks to cool. After approximately 20-30 minutes, turn the pans over to remove the cakes, allowing them to cool top side up. Using a tiny, sharp knife, carefully cut away one of the cakes’ tops.
This is a crucial moment in the procedure. You may ice both cakes with the same frosting recipe or stack them, or go in a completely different direction: either eat the un-iced chocolate cakes as is or with some whipped cream or hot fudge topping, or take a large chunk and drop it into a bowl with a big scoop of ice cream.
However, if you decide to provide cannabis chocolate cake, keep in mind the wise words of space cake elders: Don’t go crazy. Enjoy a decent-size piece and wait an hour or two before consuming more.
Once the time machine activates, sit back and enjoy the journey, but don’t be in a rush to return to reality.