Marijuana edibles are more popular than ever. Desserts such as the weed brownie have been a staple on the stoner circuit for decades, but we have moved far beyond the basics. Take a stroll through a 4/20 festival, and you’ll see marijuana chili, cannabis cocktails, and pot tacos.
So, next time you’re looking to cook up something tasty in the kitchen, why not be a little adventurous? Those looking to avoid smoking cannabis – we all know it’s not the healthiest consumption method – can easily whip up some baked goods. But rather than opting for boring brownies, try this mouth-watering lemon drizzle cake.
Recently, lemon drizzle cake was voted the most popular dessert in England. It’s a really traditional form of cake, with cheap ingredients and a simple method. It never gets old, so mastering this recipe is a great way to impress your friends.
Lemon drizzle cake isn’t difficult to make. Usually, you make it in the form of a loaf rather than a circular cake, which is what we’ll be doing in this recipe. Our canna lemon drizzle cake should make about 10 slices, and will keep in a Tupperware so you don’t have to eat it all at once!
Stick around to learn some of the best strains to use in this recipe and why lemon-flavored strains are so good for you. Or, skip to the end for the complete recipe.
What You Will Need for This Recipe
One of the best things about Lemon Drizzle Cake is that it uses very few ingredients. You only need a handful of things to make this cake.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Unsalted cannabutter
- Caster sugar
- Medium eggs
- Self-raising flour
- Caster sugar
Of course, you’re also going to need some equipment. The essentials include:
- 3 x 8 inch (8 x 21cm) loaf tin
- Greaseproof paper
- Whisk – can be hand whisk or electric
- Cooling rack
- Mixing bowls
- Juice extractor
- Weighing scales
It’s also handy to have a cake skewer to test the cake at the end, though it isn’t strictly necessary.
Technically, there are some quick switches you can make. For example, you can swap fresh lemon juice for lemon extract, but you won’t benefit from the lemon zest that makes this recipe so great.
Another piece of equipment you should pick up is an airtight container. Storing this cake in the refrigerator will dry it out, so you can leave it out on the side. However, it must be in an airtight container. If you bake a lot, it’s worth investing in a cake tin!
At the top of this list, it says you will need cannabutter. Later on in this article, I go over how to make cannabutter, but the two basic ingredients are butter and cannabis. If you’re buying marijuana with this recipe in mind, then there are some perfect strains you’ll need to make your cannabutter
Best Lemon Drizzle Cake Cannabis Strains
There are lots of cannabis strains with a sweet, citrus flavor. You won’t be surprised to learn that lemony strains pair well with this lemon drizzle cake recipe.
Luckily, many citrus-forward strains have a clue in their name. For example, Twisted Citrus and the aptly named Lemon. Others, like XJ-13, are a little more mysterious.
Here are WayofLeaf’s top picks for citrus strains:
All of these options are intensely lemon strains that lend some of their delightful flavor to this recipe. You can, of course, use any strain you like; but it would be a waste not to inject extra lemon flavors.
Let’s go through a rundown of our favorite three strains to use in this recipe:
This sativa provides a motivating, energizing high. After using, expect to feel buzzing with energy. Adding this to a lemon drizzle cake will have you feeling motivated all evening, making it the perfect addition to an afternoon snack. As its name implies, the lemon flavors are very intense and a little sour – like fresh lemonade. With a high THC content of 22%, be careful when using this strain.
Another sativa-dominant hybrid, Citrus OG will have you feeling uplifted and happy. Users also say it gets rid of stress and makes you feel simultaneously relaxed. It has a more refreshing flavor than Lemon Thai, with some increasingly bitter notes. It pairs well with a lemon drizzle cake. It also has a lower THC content of about 17%, making it better suited to newbies.
Looking for something a bit more interesting? The Hawaiian strain provides more than just lemon. It’s a fruity strain with hints of lemon and pineapple, too. Compared to our other top two, Hawaiian provides a mid-point in THC, with 20% on average. It’s also more interesting for this recipe, as it adds some extra flavors.
A Quick Lesson in Limonene
Wondering where these strains get their flavor? It’s all down to terpenes. Namely, the terpene limonene is responsible for the lemony taste.
In case you were wondering, terpenes are the aromatic compounds in plants. They have long been used in aromatherapy due to their beneficial health properties.
But what about limonene? This citrusy terpene, found in the rinds of citrus fruits, has several potential benefits. For example, some studies suggest it could reduce inflammation, boost heart health, and decrease stress.
Furthermore, limonene is known as an energizing terpene. That’s why users of citrusy sativa strains often feel so motivated and energized!
By now, we bet you’re sold on lemony cannabis strains to include in this lemon drizzle loaf. So, let’s make cannabutter.
How to Make Cannabutter
Cannabutter is simple to make, but it’s pretty much essential for any cannabis recipe. Set some time aside to prepare it.
You’ll need 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of cannabis, ground coarsely after decarbing. Plus, grab a slow cooker or crockpot and a cheesecloth.
- First, decarboxylate your weed. Preheat the oven to 245˚F, and place the whole cannabis buds on a baking tray. Bake for 30+ minutes until the cannabinoids are activated.
- Grind the decarboxylated buds coarsely with a hand grinder.
- Melt your butter in a pan/crockpot/slow cooker over low heat. Add 1 cup of water to help it melt and prevent burning.
- Add the ground cannabis to the melted butter and mix it in well.
- Simmer for up to 3 hours, stirring every so often to prevent burning. Never let the mixture come to a boil, and turn the heat down if it does.
- Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth to remove the plant matter. Strain it into a jar and stick it in the fridge.
- Leave it to refrigerate for an hour. The butter will harden and the water will separate out. Pour the water out the top, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Lemon Drizzle Cake Tips and Tricks
Before we begin the recipe, let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks for nailing your canna lemon drizzle cake. These are tips that any baker should know!
Beat the ingredients in separately: It’s tempting to dump all the ingredients into the mixing bowl and whisk away. This might do if you’re in a rush, but it’s definitely best to do it separately. The texture will be much better.
Make cupcakes if you don’t have a loaf tin: If you’re lacking a loaf tin, you can use a cake tin or a cupcake tin. Bear in mind that cupcakes cook differently to a loaf and will need a shorter time in the oven.
Can you use all-purpose flour? Yes! However, you’ll need a raising agent. For every 150g of all-purpose flour, add two teaspoons of baking powder.
Is caster sugar necessary? Caster sugar is harder to find in the US. It dissolves better than other sugars, but you can just use granulated sugar. Expect the texture to be different, though.
Make sure your ingredients are room temperature: Take the eggs and butter out of the fridge a little before baking. If the eggs and butter are cold, it can cause the batter to split and curdle, ruining everything.
Be careful with the oven: It’s tempting to peek at your cake while it’s baking – but don’t! Letting heat out of the oven will cause the cake to sink. If you test the cake at the end and find that it’s not done, return it carefully to the oven and close the door slowly. Slamming the door can also cause trouble for your cake.
Canna Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe
You Will Need:
- 8 ounces cannabutter
- 11 ounces caster sugar, separated into 8 ounces and 3 ounces
- 4 medium eggs
- 8 ounces self-raising flour
- 1 ½ lemon
- 3 x 8 inch loaf tin
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Beat together 8 ounces of cannabutter with 8 ounces of caster sugar. When the mixture is pale, beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Sift in 8 ounces of self-raising flour.
- Zest and juice one lemon, and juice half of another. Add the zest to the mixing bowl and combine.
- Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper, then fill with the batter. Level the top, then place in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Test with a cake skewer; if it comes out dry, the cake is done. Remove from the oven to cool.
- While the loaf cools, mix the lemon juice and the rest of the caster sugar to make the drizzle.
- Remove the loaf from the cake tin and transfer to a cooling rack. Spoon the lemon drizzle over the loaf and allow it to sink in.
- Cut into slices and serve.
Have you tried this cannabis lemon drizzle cake recipe? Let us know how it turned out!
For more great ways to cook with cannabis, check out the recipes section of the site.