If you’ve never heard of a space cake, it’s just one of the many wonderful edibles that can be made with cannabis.
What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than to make a delicious dessert that has a little something special to add the ‘wow’ factor?
Space cakes are considered by many as a marijuana connoisseur’s ‘rite of passage’ – in fact, sampling this cannabis delicacy is a must if you want to gradually break into the world of great taste and euphoric highs.
Much like almost any other cannabis edible, space cakes are known for creating that slow-starting cerebral high, that is not only long-lasting but reverberates throughout the body.
You might find loads of recipes online and in books or magazines although the one we have in this article requires just a few basic items along with some cannabutter.
Before we get into a very easy-to-follow and fun recipe for making space cakes, let’s take a brief look at how cannabis edibles came to be, why they’ve become so popular, and some common questions revolving around this ‘trippy delight’.
What are Cannabis Edibles?
Cannabis edibles or cannabis-infused foods are usually baked foods which contain cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. All cannabis edibles in general offer the ‘high’ feeling once consumed, thanks to the main active compound THC. The same holds true for space cakes, although they are made pretty much with hash only as opposed to other types of cannabis which are well-suited to certain edibles only.
However, other well-known cannabinoids like CBN or CBD are also used to make somewhat ‘exotic’ edibles which are consumed for medicinal purposes or those looking for a milder and smoother cerebral experience.
Since space cakes typically rich in THC, they will most definitely induce feelings of euphoria and relaxation after about an hour or so, but may also increase appetite, fatigue (if consumption is relatively high), and in some cases, anxiety. However, people have reported that the effects last a lot longer than an hour with a high that can often be intense.
Interestingly, cannabis-infused edibles have been consumed in India for several thousand years due to their medicinal and spiritual properties. In fact, the Indians have also been manufacturing cannabis oil extracts for centuries.
Even though the cannabinoids in edibles are for the most part safe, children should be kept away from them as the intoxicating effects of THC may lead to disorientation, dizziness and vomiting. Consuming cannabis orally means that the effects do not only take longer to materialise but also much longer to wear off. There have been incidents, although not documented, where children have been rushed to the emergency ward as a result of ‘accidentally’ consuming too many hash brownies or space cakes.
So What is a Space Cake, Specifically?
A space cake is a kind of cannabis edible. But it doesn’t have to be limited to a cake only – it can be made in a pastry, muffin or any baked food which is prepared with the use of cannabis butter or ‘canabutter’.
Like other cannabis edibles, space cakes contain a variety of cannabinoids, THC being the most notable one – offering ‘full body highs’ that can last several hours.
Many cannabis connoisseurs contend that traditional space cakes are made using hash only and not other forms of cannabis – while space cakes are not limited to just one type of cannabis, we do stand behind hash as being the most effective form of cannabis for space cakes. For one, it mixes very easily with the ingredients and makes for a good way to have cakes without drawing too much attention.
Much like other traditional baked foods, space cakes have many variations and ingredients – although, we’ll be discussing a fairly straightforward recipe at the end of this article.
Like the majority of marijuana edibles, space cakes’ effects are delayed, and in fact, overdosing can occur if this is your first time having them. The effects take over an hour to be felt although, in any case, we’d always recommend taking care not to consume too much.
It is generally advisable to start small and once you know what you’re in for, you can gradually increase consumption. It also pays to be around responsible and trustworthy friends so that you don’t end up unintentionally consuming too much.
Edibles Vs Other Traditional Methods
The difference in after effects of edible cannabis versus inhaled cannabis is tough to pin down with precision, as there are many variables at play such as the array and ratio of cannabinoids present, the type of strain, the height, weight and tolerance of the individual, metabolic variations such as physical state at the time of consumption, etc.
However, there is no question that smoking or vaping cannabis delivers the effects a lot faster as the smoke is absorbed directly into the bloodstream – allowing THC to exhibit its psychoactive effects within minutes.
Cannabis consumed orally can take up to an hour and a half or more to slowly break down in the liver and then get released into the blood. The absorption rate also depends on how much food has been consumed prior and beverages/stimulants taken like wine, tea or coffee.
Easy-to-Follow Recipe and Cooking Method for Space Cakes
We’re probably not alone when we say there isn’t quite anything as sumptuous and mouth-watering as a well-done space cake – combining an affinity for great baked food and good-quality marijuana.
It’s called a ‘space cake’ for a mighty fine reason – anyone up for a one-way ticket to the moon? It’s pretty much as awesome as it sounds. Just imagine having your favourite baked delight, but infused with the wonderful buzzing power of great quality cannabis.
Just about every coffee place in Amsterdam is offering these. Space cakes have become very popular today, especially among those who are looking to enjoy a prolonged cerebral high in a discreet yet tasteful manner.
Let’s get to it, shall we? This following is a typical space cake recipe which uses hash at its core. It’s not only easy to make and tastes great but also the perfect way to mark the end of a rough day.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- 8g of hash
- Up to 8 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- Medium-large mixing bowl
- ¾ cup milk
- ¾ cup unsalted butter (that’s 12 tablespoons)
- ¾ cup sugar
- Wooden spoon/spatula
- 8x8in cake pan
- Pre-heat oven to 190°C.
- Using a cigarette lighter, heat up the hash until you can easily crumble it into a bowl; set it aside for now.
- Microwave your butter for about 2 seconds or until it turns into a thick paste.
- Mix the crumbled hash with the butter but don’t use it all up as some of the butter will be needed to grease the cake pan – this is important so that the space cakes don’t stick once the cooking is complete.
- You don’t want to ‘over butter’ the pan – just a nice and thin coating on the inner surface will do.
- Place your sugar, flour, eggs, milk and hash-infused butter into the mixing bowl and mix the ingredients properly – it may take a few minutes – this is important because the hash needs to be mixed evenly throughout the cake batter.
- While mixing, you might find the batter to be too dry, in which case, you can add a little milk.
- If it’s too wet or ‘sludgy’, you can add some flour – with practice, you’ll be able to achieve an ideal balance.
- Now pour the cake batter into the buttered cake pan and spread it around with a wooden spoon until it is spread out evenly and looks level.
- Place your batter in the oven for no more than 25 minutes – after which you should do the ‘toothpick’ test to ensure that it is done properly, as with any other cake.
- After poking the middle of the cake with a toothpick, pull it out to see if it’s clean – if it is, that means the cake is well-cooked. If the toothpick is covered in cake batter, give it a go for another 5 minutes in the oven.
- Let your finished space cake cool off in the pan for 30 minutes or more.
- Put some powdered sugar or decorate it however you like – buttercream, icing, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, dried fruits, vanilla extract – your imagination is the only limiting factor.
And that’s it! A simple way to make great-tasting space cake at home. Anyone can make it as long as the right ingredients are there – you are only limited by your versatility – the sky’s the limit when it comes to tantalising space cake flavours.
On a final note, we suggest having your space cake responsibly and letting everyone know what they are in for.
Have a great trip to space and back – time to enjoy this yummy cannabis delight and spread the love!
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