A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 20, 2014
Space Cake (containing cannabis)

A “space cake” contains cannabis as an ingredient. The name “space” is from the term “spaced-out.” Space cakes have been popular in the Netherlands, where these cakes resemble pound cakes.

‘Space cake” has been cited in print since at least 1985. Another name for “space cake” is “hash brownie.”


Wikipedia: Cannabis foods
Cannabis foods (including hash brownies and space cakes), more informally known as edibles, are food products made with cannabis in herbal or resin form as an ingredient. They are consumed as an alternate delivery means to experience the effects of cannabinoids without smoking or vaporizing cannabis or hashish. Instead, the cannabinoids are put into cake, cookie, brownie, or other foods, and are consumed for recreational or medicinal purposes.
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“Space cakes” is a common name for muffins, brownies, and cookies baked with marijuana, which are very popular in the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam. It used to sometimes be popular to frost these with psilocybin mushroom frosting, but this practice has since been discontinued when psilocybin mushrooms were banned in 2008.

Google Books
Familiar Friends:
Northwest Plants

By Rhoda Whittlesey
Portland, OR: Rose Press
1985
Pg. 181:
Even in smoking coffee shops, though, you are never limited to smoking the dope: You can eat and drink the stuff, too — in space cakes, brownies, or hash tea.

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26 November 1985, Weekly World News, “Hash House!: Cafe’s special is a drug cake” by Joseph Adelmann, pg. ?:
(Photo Caption—ed.) CAFE OWNER Kees, who refuses to reveal his full name, says his space cake is laced with pot.
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And that is why happy munchers are allowed to stuff themselves until they’re light-headed with the tempting “space cake.”

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Let’s Go: Europe
Cambridge, MA: Harvard Student Agencies
1990
Pg. 614:
Some coffeehouses sell soft drugs, from Mary Jane to “space cake.”

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The Nation
Volume 252
1991
Pg. 129:
In attractive, brightly lit, individualized surroundings—some coffee shops are aimed at tourists, others at artists or feminists or high school students—the purchaser can drink cannabis tea or munch on “space cake” made with THC-infused oil.

Urban Dictionary
space cake
cakes made with marijuana in them.
Often take longer to kick in (upto an hour), but last much longer, with a more intense high.
Usually Tom and Jerry cakes (cheap,kiddies mix, available anywhere), that take 15 mins! and you only need an egg and water (oh yeah, and your weed)..SIMPLE!
by Adam April 07, 2004

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Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang
By Jonathon Green
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson’
2005
Pg. 1335:
space cake n. [1990s+] (drugs) cake which is baked with cannabis as an extra ingredient. [SPACED (OUT) adj. (1)]

Lexiophiles
About space and cake – Three cultural highlights of the Netherlands
Jun 26th, 2012 | By AnnaB
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Space cake
As its alternative name hash ‘brownies’ suggest, space cake is very different from the gebakjes described above. Whereas this latter type of Dutch baking is characteristically spongy, space cake often more resembles dense pound cake. It is sometimes brightly coloured, sometimes just eerily greenish due to the weed (or cannabis/hash/marijuana, all these terms are used).

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Dr. Kindbud’s Weed-O-Pedia
By Dr. Seymour Kindbud
Kennebunkport, ME: Appleseed Press
2012
Pg. ?:
° Space cake. Street name for a brownie or cake that has been baked with THC butter or oil.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, January 20, 2014 • Permalink