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Your Guide To Making Weed Cake

January 27, 2022

Weed cake is, as the name implies, a marijuana-infused baked treat. Just one slice offers long-lasting fairy tale euphoria. The process of making ganja edibles like this one is simple.

Below we discuss why you should give cannabis cakes a go, the common effects, and what marijuana strains to use. You’ll also learn how to make a weed cake with our straightforward yet scrumptious recipe.

Ready to learn more about this confectionery delight? Get your baking bowls out (the other ones), and let’s jump in.

Chocolate cake with cannabis
Chocolate cake with cannabis

Why should you make a weed cake?

Aside from its delicious taste, there are distinct differences between weed cake and other cannabis products

The psychoactive effects of marijuana edibles hit differently than smoking or even drinking THC-infused beverages. 

Imagine your favorite baked indulgence combined with a mind-blowing cerebral buzz. Marijuana cake gives you the best of both worlds. It’s also easier to transport, more discreet, and super convenient compared to rolling and smoking a joint. 

Making your own cannabis treat gives you the freedom to choose the potency, weed strain, and flavors, too. 

The effects of puffing are almost instant and last for a shorter period. THC-rich weed cakes take longer to kick in, but the euphoric impact can last for hours on end.

To enjoy the benefits of weed plant cake, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This heating process converts THCA into THC, the compound that causes the psychoactive experience. It also changes CBDA into its much more accessible counterpart, CBD. 

When you make marijuana cake, you get to choose whether you want a THC-rich or CBD-heavy treat, or a combination of both.

How much weed do you use in a marijuana cake?

The amount of weed you use in your cannabis cake depends on the recipe you select and the effects you desire. The quantity also differs between store-bought cannabutter and your own weed-infused oil or butter. 

Generally, though, you need about half an ounce of dried, decarbed flower to make a batch of homemade cannabutter.

When using a ready-made product, the recommended amount for one standard weed cake is around half a cup of cannabutter in your batter.

Cannabis buds
Cannabis buds

How long do weed cake effects last?

With marijuana cake, your body absorbs more THC, but the effects take longer to manifest. The chemical compounds travel through your digestive tract and into your liver before entering your bloodstream and reaching your brain. 

That’s why it takes up to three hours before the high sets in. The psychoactive sensation after smoking most strains lasts for about 2–3 hours, although the onset is faster compared to weed edibles.

The buzz from weed cake lasts 6–8 hours but varies depending on the potency of your chosen strain. Your THC tolerance plays a role, too. Some users report psychotropic effects for up to 12 hours. 

                Type          Time to impact        Effect duration
Weed cake2–3 hours6–8 hours (in some cases up to 12 hours)
Joint1–3 minutes2–3 hours

How to make a weed cake step by step

Cake edibles require some preparation before you can start baking. 

Contrary to popular belief, making edibles doesn't consist of sprinkling the crushed buds into the batter. So how do you make a marijuana cake?

You need to decarboxylate your dried cannabis first. This gentle heating process helps activate the psychoactive component. Combine it with a carrier substance like butter or oil, and you’re good to go.

There are alternative options, but cannabutter is the simplest one to use and infuse. You can buy it ready-made or make your own. 

We’ve tried loads of marijuana cake recipes, but the one below is quick, simple, and oh-so-delicious. You’ll learn how to decarb your cannabis and make your own cannabutter before you bake a mouth-watering weed cake.

Chocolate and weed cake
Chocolate and weed cake

The decarboxylation process

What is decarboxylation? It's a fancy word for the chemical process where THCA in weed is converted to THC after applying heat. 

Without warmth, cannabis wouldn't affect our neurotransmitters, and we wouldn't experience any psychoactive sensations. When you smoke weed, the first thing you do is light it—that's why it makes you high. 

When you make weed cakes, you must activate the THC before mixing it with other ingredients. There are three main ways to decarboxylate your marijuana

  • With a mason jar 
  • In the oven 
  • The Sous Vide technique

Mason jar method

When you learn how to bake a weed cake, using the mason jar method to decarboxylate makes the process easier. Preheat your oven to 220–240°F. Next, fill a heat-resistant mason jar with weed, and place it on a wet towel in the oven. Leave it in for a total of 60 minutes. 

Every 15 minutes, remove the jar to shake it lightly and carefully. After the allotted time, allow the cannabis to cool. You can then use it with a carrier for your weed cake. 

Oven method

Set your oven to 225°F. Crumple aluminum foil or parchment paper, laying it flat across your baking tray. Break up your cannabis carefully. The pieces should be the size of rice grains. Bake it for 45 minutes. 

The main concern with this method is burning your weed. Prepare it correctly before using it for your cannabis cake recipe.

Sous Vide method

If you don't have an oven or aren't keen on using it for decarboxylation, this is the method for you. Seal your weed in an airtight bag and submerge it in hot water with an immersion circulator. Set it to 203°F. 

This process takes roughly 90 minutes, whereafter you can use the marijuana for your weed cake recipe. 

How much cannabutter do you use in a cake? 

Most marijuana cake recipes call for about half a cup of cannabutter. The quality and potency of store-bought products vary, though. If you want customized potency with a particular weed strain, a homemade version is best. 

Making cannabutter

Making cannabutter for your weed plant cake is straightforward.

You'll need:

  • ½ oz. of decarboxylated weed 
  • 8 oz. of butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • A saucepan with a lid
  • 2 or 3 cheese cloths
  • A mixing bowl (preferably glass)
  • A large spoon (preferably wooden)
Cooking cannabutter
Cooking cannabutter


Turn your stove to a low heat setting, pour the water into the saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add the butter, stirring it gently until it melts. Throw in your marijuana. Remember, the strain you choose directly impacts the potency of your weed cake.

Close the lid. Leave the mixture to simmer, stirring every 20 minutes to prevent sticking and burning. After 3–4 hours, your cannabutter thickens, and the surface usually appears glossy. 

Place two cheese cloths over your mixing bowl and pour the liquid through them. Let it cool for approximately an hour before placing it in the refrigerator.  

You're almost ready to start with your weed cake recipe. Scrape the contents of the bowl into a new airtight container. Refrigerate until you're ready to use it. If you opt to freeze your cannabutter, it can last for six months.

Weed cake recipe 

Hundreds of marijuana cake recipes are available. Some use traditional ingredients like flour, eggs, and milk, while others utilize yogurt. The method we'll share is the former. Here's what you need:


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Non-stick spray
  • An electric mixer (a hand mixer also works)
  • Baking pan (9x13 inch)


  • 2 ¼ cups of flour
  • 2 ½ cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ½ cup of cannabutter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 oz. of chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • Chocolate frosting


To make your delicious edibles cake, you'll also need a reliable oven. Preheat it to 350°F before putting the ingredients together. 

Sift your flour and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt for taste.

In another container, blend the cannabutter and brown sugar with the electric mixer. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, beat in one egg at a time. Add the vanilla extract and chocolate chips afterward, then mix well.

Pour half of the sour cream into the egg mixture and half of the dry ingredients, too. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended. Add the remaining sour cream and flour mix, along with the boiling water, and stir. 

Pour your weed cake batter into a greased baking pan. A 9x13 inch tray is ideal. Put it in the oven for 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool for 10–15 minutes before icing with chocolate frosting. 

You can also incorporate your cannabutter into box cake mixes and other recipes.

Best strains to use in your cannabis cake 

The strain you use for your cannabutter impacts the effects you'll get from your marijuana cake. Below we've comprised a list of the best cultivars for baking edibles

White Widow 

White Widow is a THC-rich, indica-leaning hybrid. Tokers commonly use it for making hash as the buds are resinous and filled with trichomes. It's popular on the 420 scene with many High Times Cannabis Cups to its name.

White Widow’s earthy pine flavors and aromas blend well with the sugary taste of chocolate weed cake. The typical effects include energy and creativity during the onset of the experience and peaceful couch-lock when the psychoactive sensations fade.

White Widow
White Widow

OG Kush

There are few strains as well-known as OG Kush Feminized. Many refer to it as the weed of celebrities. The THC content of this indica-leaning hybrid can reach 23%. It contains approximately 0.7% CBD, but some tokers use it for medicinal purposes.

This THC-rich cultivar is ideal for potent cake edibles with a kick. It's a powerful strain leaving users feeling euphoric and happy, with a case of the munchies before soothing them to sleep.

OG Kush
OG Kush


Skywalker is the love child of Blueberry and Mazar. It's a sativa-leaning cultivar that boasts THC levels of up to 21%. It offers sweet flavors of berry and pine, with subtle hints of spice.

This strain makes an excellent addition to confectionary treats like marijuana cakes. The effects are uplifting yet relaxing.


Super Lemon Haze

Super Lemon Haze is perfect if you want to incorporate an award-winning strain with zesty flavors into your edibles. With approximately 23% THC and 0.7% CBD, it induces powerfully blissful effects. 

Users can expect a burst of uplifting euphoria, along with focused energy and relaxation. The flavors are complex and fruity but predominantly citrusy and spicy.

Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze

Sour Diesel

The psychoactive effects of Sour Diesel are balanced and hard-hitting. At the onset, a cerebral buzz leaves you feeling energized and blissful. Adding this cultivar to your weed cake promises a pleasurable experience.

Sour Diesel's aromas and flavors are a fusion of diesel, earth, skunk, and lemon. It adds an interesting dynamic to your baked treats.

Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel

Bubba Kush

If you're wondering how to make marijuana cake with happy, calming effects, the answer is using Bubba Kush. The strain tastes of coffee, sweet pine, and a subtle spiciness. It's a relaxing and soothing cultivar that leaves you in a bubble of joyous tranquility.

Bubba Kush is an indica-leaning hybrid with approximately 18% THC. Whether you smoke this strain or incorporate it into confectionery products, it's always a delectable treat.

Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush

Weed cake to leave you baked 

Enjoying a slice of weed cake at the end of the day is a tasty way to unwind. The effects take some time to manifest, but you'll remain in a state of bliss for hours when they do hit. Making your own edibles is pretty straightforward once your cannabis is decarboxylated.

The easiest way to infuse marijuana into your baked items is with cannabutter. Making it yourself is simple, and you get to tweak the potency of the final product.

With our easy guide to decarbing, making cannabutter, and baking weed cake, you'll never run out of delicious, cannabis-infused treats.

Why not make cannabis cake using quality buds from your own harvest? Visit Homegrown Cannabis Co. to get started on your marijuana crop today.

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