Spring has sprung, making it a wonderful time to bring something light and sweet into your kitchen. This balance of chamomile tea cake and icing made from freeze-dried strawberries and fresh lemon zest will invigorate your senses and welcome this Spring season with open arms.
**Note: The beauty of making cannabis edibles is that you can infuse and medicate in endless ways. You can medicate this recipe by incorporating cannabis-infused milk like in these recipes, ready-to-use (decarboxylated) concentrates, or you can use canna butter as I did. (: Just make sure you use a dosage calculator to ensure the strength of each individual serving.
Step 1: Steep Tea in Butter
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. (Because my butter was in a mason jar, I placed the mason jar into water in my saucepan, to avoid overheating and cooking off any THC.) Add 1 tablespoon of your chamomile tea to a large mixing bowl. Pour the hot, melted butter over the chamomile and stir. Set aside to steep and cool completely.
Step 2: Steep Tea in Milk
Using the same saucepan, without washing it out, bring your milk to a simmer over medium-high heat, keeping watch so it doesn’t boil over. Remove from heat and stir in your remaining 1 tablespoon of chamomile tea into the hot milk. Set aside to steep and cool completely. (Both the butter and the milk should take about an hour to completely cool.)
Step 3: Preheat Oven & Prep Loaf Pan
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper so the long sides of the pan have a couple of inches of overhang to make lifting the finished cake out easier.
Step 4: Mix Your Batter
Add the sugar and salt to the bowl with the butter and steeped tea, and whisk until smooth and thick, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, vigorously whisking to combine after each addition. Zest the lemon into the bowl; ((save your lemon for later!)) add the baking powder and vanilla, and whisk until incorporated. Add the flour and stream in the milk mixture while whisking continuously until no streaks of flour remain.
Step 5: Bake Your Cake & Let it Cool
Transfer the batter to your prepared pan and bake (40-45 minutes) until a skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack for 30 minutes.
Step 6: Make Your Icing
While the cake cools, make the icing. In a medium bowl, squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from your zested lemon, then add your powdered sugar. Place dehydrated strawberries in a food processor and blend until a fine powder. (The more strawberries you use, will give your icing a redder tint.) Whisk your icing until smooth.
Step 7: Pour Icing and Let Set (:
If needed, run a knife along the edges of the cake to release it from the pan. Pulling from the parchment paper’s overhung edges, lift your cake out and place it on a plate, cake stand, or cutting board, discarding the parchment paper. Pour your icing over the cake, letting the icing to drip down the sides dramatically, distributing with a spoon or spatula if needed. Let the cake cool completely and the icing set.
**Note: You can garnish/decorate your cake even further by using leftover freeze-dried strawberries, slices of lemon, or extra lemon zest. Perfectly pair this sweet treat with a fresh cup of brewed chamomile tea for a full-circle experience, even adding some of Good Day Farm’s THC-infused Honey if you so desire. (:
Cooking with Cannabis-Infused Ingredients
A good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to <5mg THC ; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. They can have the tendency to be stronger, more intense, and can differ drastically from smoking. For one, the effects can take anywhere from a half hour to 3 hours to fully metabolize, depending on an individual’s unique body and metabolic rate. In addition, because the THC is digested through your liver and can more readily cross the body’s blood-brain barrier, the high can be stronger and last longer. With that said, your edible’s potency depends on many factors; how it was prepared, the potency of your starting product, as well as considering the strain or concentrate’s cannabinoid and terpene concentrations. To test the potency and effect of your finished product, try a smaller amount (<5mg) and see how that dose affects you after 2-3 hours. Titrate your dose as desired, and you can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.
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