Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but I bet there are still quite a few of you out there who have no idea what to get your romantic interests. Why not show them a little baked love? I’m talking cannabis cupcakes. While homemade cupcakes may take a little more preparation than running out to the store for some cheap flower and a run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day cart, these Valentine’s Day cannabis cupcakes are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
First step: buy some primo flower. There is a seemingly endless variety of cannabis strains, each with a their own unique tastes, aromas and effects. Since these cupcakes are likely being made with a romantic rendezvous in mind, you’ll want to select a strain that will inspire that tingling excitement of romantic delight.
While there are many cannabis varieties that are stated to be particularly good for sex (let’s face it, it’s most of them), you will want to choose a strain with a particular experience in mind. If you’re wanting light and breezy, Blue Dream might be a good choice for you. Perhaps you’re looking for a more cerebral connection? White Widow can help create a mind-expanding bedroom experience. Ready to just get down and in the groove? Boss Hogg will take you for that ride. With plenty of options to choose from, just think about how you feel when you consume a certain strain. If you think the feeling will translate well to the romantic aspects of your life, then give that strain a try! (For more suggestions on sex inspiring cannabis strains, check our blog post: “Cannabis for Couples”.)
Next step: decarboxylate your flower. The compounds found in cannabis are not very psychoactive without being subjected to some form of heat. We accomplish this in different ways depending on our methods of ingestion. When smoking cannabis, we apply an open flame; in cooking with cannabis we, more-or-less, toast it. Decarboxylation is just a fancy name for this process. This is a relatively simple, but essential step to creating mind-blowing Valentine’s Day cannabis cupcakes. (For more info on how to decarb cannabis, including specific decarbing temperatures and instructions, see our other blog post: “How to Make Cannabutter: Additional Recipes Included”.)
Once you’ve decarbed your flower, your cannabis should be potently psychoactive and ready for use. You can add an additional step here and make the cupcakes a bit more refined by transforming your flower into cannabutter, or, you can skip this step and just mix in the decarbed flower with the regular butter you’re using. Either route you choose, there’s no denying the pleasure that can be had with the end result. (For more info on making cannabutter, see the previously mentioned blog post: “How to Make Cannabutter: Additional Recipes Included”.)
This cannabis-infused recipe is for red velvet cupcakes. However, if red velvet just doesn’t do it for you, take a look at some cupcake recipes that do get you going. Infusing foods with cannabis really isn’t all that difficult. In this case, simply find a recipe that calls for a similar amount of butter. Then, mix your decarbed flower into the regular butter or substitute in the same amount of homemade cannabutter.
Okay, now that we’ve done all that, we’re ready to bake!
Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Cannabis Cupcakes
1/2 cup regular butter (with decarbed flower mixed in) or cannabutter
1 and 1/4 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons red food coloring
Frosting of your choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Sift together unsweetened cocoa powder, flour and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat butter, or cannabutter, and sugar until fluffy. (If you’re just tossing your decarbed flower in, you can do so during this step.) Once fluffy, add in eggs one at a time until combined, then add in vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add in the bowl of sifted unsweetened cocoa powder, flour and salt a little at a time until combined, then add sour cream in. Mix continually during this process. In another separate bowl mix baking soda and vinegar together until fizzing stops, then add immediately to the batter. Mix energetically. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake 18-25 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
Once they’re frosted, wrap them up, and you have a psychoactive, sure-to-delight, Valentine’s Day confection waiting and ready for a special someone. Enjoy!