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High From The Kitchen: Your Favorite Space Cake Recipe

High From The Kitchen: Your Favorite Space Cake Recipe

The traditional way to consume cannabis is still the most prevalent around the world, but due to increased concerns about the detrimental health effects of smoking, alternative methods of consumption have been steadily growing in popularity. If you’re into the perfect combination for cannabis and something sweet, you most likely know about “space cake”!  

Today’s burgeoning cannabis market is inundated with new cannabis-infused “edibles”, from gourmet chocolates to soda pop and chewing gum. Beloved favorites emerged in the late 1960s such as pot cookies and weed brownies. Popularized by the 1968 film starring Peter Sellers, “I Love You, Alice B. Toklas”, pot brownies became a staple of hippie culture throughout the 1970s and beyond. The ensuing high would give rise to the nickname “space cake”, referring to those who became “spaced out” after consumption.  

High From The Kitchen: Your Favourite Space Cake Recipe eggs, butter, flour, rolling pin next stipe dish towel on a counter

In case you haven’t seen the movie, allow me to set the scene. A beautiful young woman rummages through unfamiliar kitchen cupboards until she finds a pre-packaged brownie mix; the kind you just add to water and bake. She reaches into her purse and pulls out a baggie of marijuana, which of course she adds to the mix. Voila! Instant “space cake”! Of course, you can make weed cake this way, but there is a far more delicious method where you can avoid a mouth full of weed in your edibles. 

Commercial manufacturers use distillates that contain highly concentrated cannabinoids. Dosages are easily controlled this way, to ensure accurate amounts are consistent throughout manufactured products. However, if you are making your own edibles at home, you may want to create cannabis-infused butter. 

Connoisseurs of baked goods will attest to the delectable flavor that butter adds. Vegans can replace the butter by making cannabis-infused oils such as coconut oil for baking.  

To add a little bit of history, Alice B. Toklas was the lifelong partner of American avant-garde writer Gertrude Stein. Following Gertrude’s passing, Alice published The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, in which she included a recipe for hash fudge, a traditional Moroccan cannabis confectionery known as majoun. This whole food treat is similar to what we call “energy balls” today. Energy balls are made with a puree of dates, nuts, seeds, spices, honey and/or sugar, and cannabis-infused butter. 

What Is Cannabutter?

A mash-up of the words cannabis and butter, “cannabutter” is cannabis-infused butter. It is used for making edible cannabis products. Cannabis is lipophilic, which means it requires some form of fat for its active ingredients (chemical compounds called “cannabinoids”) to bind to. The most important thing to know about infusing butter with cannabis is that the plant’s sought-after chemical compounds, namely THC and CBD, are activated by applying heat in a process called decarboxylation. This can be done in several ways.  

Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction of carbolic acids where a carbon atom is removed from a carbon chain. In short, when heat is applied to THCA or CBDA, a carboxyl group is removed from its molecular structure, resulting in the cannabinoids called THC and CBD, respectively. 

How To Decarboxylate Cannabis  

The easiest way to decarboxylate cannabis is to crumble your weed into the consistency of granola and spread it evenly on a cookie sheet pan then bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at about 250 degrees. 

Shuffle the contents around every ten minutes or so to maintain an even surface area. Some people like to use a piece of parchment paper. If you have a notoriously hot oven then compensate by lowering the temperature by a few degrees. Do not overheat the herb as its valuable chemical compounds can be damaged. 

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it aside to cool. Your previously benign cannabis is now decarboxylated, which means that it may now activate potent potential psychoactivity; depending on the strain’s THC content.  

The potency of your decarboxylated cannabis is directly proportional to the potential chemical content of the particular cultivar you are working with ie. the ratio of CBD to THC. The better quality the herb, the better quality the cannabis butter.  

Note that some people prefer to skip the decarboxylation stage altogether and just heat their weed in butter for longer to activate the chemical compounds, but it typically results in less potent cannabutter. 

How To Make Cannabutter

What you will need:  

  1. 1/2 oz cannabis (14 grams @ 15 – 20 % THC)  
  2. 1 cup water  
  3. 1 lb unsalted butter (Vegans can substitute coconut oil.)  
  4. Shallow cooking pot or deep saucepan  
  5. Cooking spoon  
  6. Sterilized 16 oz wide-mouth Mason jar  
  7. Funnel  
  8. Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer  
  9. Baking bowl (stainless steel is ideal)  

 

Instructions:  

  1. Use a weed grinder or scissors to grind cannabis. It should be the consistency of brown sugar, not powder.
  2. Pour the water into the pot and begin to heat on the stovetop at medium heat. 
  3. Add butter before the water begins to boil.  
  4. Stir in ground cannabis and reduce to low heat.  
  5. Simmer the mixture for 1.5 hours and stir occasionally, ensuring not to boil. 6. After 1.5 hours remove from heat.  
  6. Place Mason jar in a baking bowl.  
  7. Place funnel in Mason jar.  
  8. Place cheesecloth over funnel (or hold the strainer over funnel).  
  9. Using oven mitts, gently pour cannabutter mixture through strainer or cheesecloth, straining the butter into the jar and retaining the plant matter.  
  10. Allow cannabutter to rest at room temperature until cool. Seal and place in the fridge.  

 

Now that you have made your cannabutter, there are countless recipes online for weed cake aka space cake. You could replace the butter component of pretty much any brownie recipe with your cannabutter with decent results. A couple of cookbooks ideas include The Marijuana Chef Cookbook by S. T. Oner and The Cannabis Cookbook by Tim Pilcher. 

And finally, here is my favorite weed cake recipe. The consensus amongst friends is that these are consistently the best brownies they’ve ever tasted!  

Space Cake Recipe

What you will need:  

  1. 1/2 cup cannabutter  
  2. 3/4 cup cocoa powder 
  3. 4 eggs (room temperature)  
  4. 1 cup white sugar  
  5. 1 cup brown sugar  
  6. 1 cup white flour  
  7. 1/2 t salt  
  8. 1/2 t vanilla extract (optional)  
  9. Fork or whisk  
  10. Mixing spoon  
  11. Baking spatula  
  12. Large mixing bowl (stainless steel is ideal)  
  13. Medium mixing bowl 
  14. Greased 1.5 “ sheet pan (or muffin tin)  

You can use the residue from your cannabutter pot to lightly grease your baking sheet!  

Instructions:  

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Melt cannabutter on low heat until liquid and pour into a large bowl (do not boil).
  3. Whisk in cocoa powder (a little at a time so there are no chunks). 
  4. Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whip with a fork or whisk.  
  5. Stir in white sugar until smooth.  
  6. Stir in brown sugar until smooth.  
  7. Add this mixture to the large bowl containing cocoa and cannabutter. (Spatula!)  Stir in flour and salt (a little at a time so there are no chunks).  
  8. When consistency is even then spread mixture evenly onto a sheet pan or into muffin tin. Make sure your sheet pan is deep enough to hold brownies as they rise.
  9. Bake space cake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack.  

Enjoy!

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