How to Grow Wedding Cake?

Stephen Andrews
06 Sep 2022

The Wedding Cake cannabis strain is praised both among recreational and medicinal users. The popularity of this indica-leaning hybrid has exploded over the last couple of years, unmistakably because of its rich taste and flavor coupled with a high concentration of THC. With light green to dark green and purple foliage, Wedding Cakes appearances mimic those of its parent strain Girl Scout Cookie (GSC). Below, read more about the Wedding Cake strain and get some tips on how to grow it at home.

Recreational users enjoy Wedding Cake weed because of the euphoric and vigilant buzz it gives, followed by a calming sensation felt across the entire body. Among medical users, the strain is used to alleviate pain or help cope with insomnia, depression, and appetite loss. Its exceptional qualities come from a powerful lineage of cannabis. 

Genetics: The Wedding Cake cannabis strain is an indica-dominant hybrid: it's 60% indica and 40% sativa. At least two different Wedding Cake strains are circulating the market, and although both share the same name, their genetic lineage differs. The Wedding Cake strain we discuss in this article is a match between Cherry Pie and Girl Scout Cookies (GSC). In Canada, the same cross is known as Pink Cookies. The other Wedding Cake strain is a match between Animal Mints and Triangle Kush, and it's also known as Triangle Mints #23. 

Potency: Wedding Cake boasts some high levels of THC, often measuring between 23% and 25% and sometimes even 27%, which is really on the high end for flower. Such exceptional THC concentrations shouldn't come as a surprise, given the parent strains of Wedding Cake. The first parent, Girl Scout Cookies, is a combination of landrace strain Durban Poison and OG Kush and contains very high amounts of THC as well as trace amounts of CBD. The other parent, Cherry Pie, is a match of landrace sativa and Grand Daddy Purple, which is a very potent indica strain. In addition to THC, Wedding Cake strains may contain up to 1% CBD and 0.5% CBG.

Smell and flavor: Many users praise Wedding Cake for its superior taste and pleasant aroma. The strain's fragrance is a mix of pepper, herbs, and citrus. When nugs emit a more robust skunky smell, it indicates the presence of more dominant OG Kush genetics.

Terpenes: Wedding Cake also has a rich combination of terpenes. The dominant terpene would be humulene, a compound that gives earthy and spice undertones to the smoke. Humulene is also what gives hoppy beers their unique taste and aroma. Wedding Cake cannabis also has limonene, a terpene that is believed to augment the euphoric sensations from cannabis. And the third most dominant terpene is terpinolene, which is also found in lilacs, nutmeg, cumin, and apples and has known antibacterial and antifungal qualities. 

Effects: This strain produces high THC levels but isn’t overstimulating. At first, the high is more balanced and uplifting, after which it works to offer a complete body stone. The mind remains alert. 

Medicinal use: The combination of high THC content and other cannabinoids such as CBD and CBG in Wedding Cake strains offers users several medical benefits. It helps alleviate various bodily pains and works well for insomnia, moodiness, and lack of appetite. 

Possible side effects: The strain is generally safe to consume without having to worry about more adverse side effects. Some users may expect dry mouth or dry eyes. Only on rare occasions, when the flower is exceptionally potent, some users may experience paranoia, anxiety, and dizziness. 

Lifestyle: The name lives up to its reputation. The Cake is a fantastic after-dinner treat. It's also an excellent choice for those who use weed for creativity. However, its high THC content may not go smoothly for novice users. Those new to marijuana should take a little in the beginning to adjust to the strain's full effect. 

Difficulty growing: Wedding Cake takes around eight weeks to flower. Thanks to its Indica dominance, it's pretty resilient to pests which is one worry less for those who don't have a lot of experience growing. Overall, Wedding Cake is not so difficult to grow, but it does take skills to maintain a stable environment without extreme changes in humidity, overfeeding, or stress from trimming.

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Wedding Cake weed. Source: Facebook via High GrA+de Roller$

How to Grow the Wedding Cake Cannabis Strain?

Wedding Cake cannabis can be grown both indoors and outdoors. The flowering time inside is somewhere around eight weeks, while outside, it will finish between September and October. The average yield per plant is around 15 ounces, and if you are lucky, or rather tending carefully to your Wedding Cake plant, the output can go up to 18 ounces.

Wedding Cake weed appreciates when it is exposed to plenty of airflow. Nutrient intake should always be balanced and never overdone. Humidity should also remain balanced. The optimal grow environment for Wedding Cake would be similar to the Cherry Pie strain, which means warm and slightly humid. 

One of the best things about Wedding Cake is that this is a strain with a robust immune system. Pest issues are rarely reported. Plants are resistant to mold, mildew, insects, bacteria or viruses. 

Which Growing Mediums to Use?

Wedding Cake cultivars may require versatility in skills how to grow it. While some phenotypes may stretch like Sativa, in most cases Wedding Cake plants flourish into classy Indica, short and strong, and therefore fit to grow in various mediums. Wedding Cake can be grown in hydroponics and aeroponics, and it can also be cultivated the traditional way, in soil. 

When growing Wedding Cake plants in soil, one recommendation is to use mycorrhizal fungi. These beneficial fungi are known to form symbiotic relationships with various cannabis strains, among them being Wedding Cake. Live spores can be blended into earthworm castings and added directly to the roots when transplanting the plant to a bigger container. Alternatively, you can apply the mixture onto the top soil layer or dump it straight into the planting hole. 

Spores generate the best effect when they come into direct contact with the roots of the cannabis plants. The application of mycorrhizae will effectively triple the root mass of your plants. 

How to Deal with "Herming" Wedding Cake Plants?

There are some instances when a Wedding Cake plant begins to "herm," which means it morphs into a hermaphrodite, and instead of smokable buds, it produces cannabis seeds. This can sometimes happen also with other cannabis strains, but there are several things you can do to avoid this scenario. Here's what you should do when growing the Wedding Cake strain:

  • Ensure you administer consistent amounts of nutrients and water to your plants throughout all stages of growth. Consistency is also vital when it comes to light and air exposure. 
  • As much as Wedding Cake does not like fluctuations, this strain is also no fan of stress. Staking, pruning, and topping should be done long before plants begin to flower. The risk of producing seeds instead of flowers is higher if plants are exposed to stress in the weeks immediate to flowering. 
  • In the weeks prior to the flowering stage as well as after that, make sure that the growing environment remains as much calm and peaceful as possible. 

Where to Find Wedding Cake Strain Seeds?

Wedding Cake weed seeds can be sourced from various reputable seed suppliers around the world. While you can find high-quality Wedding Cake seeds in the U.S. and also from Canada, the best seeds with the best genetics for this strain come from Europe. Most European seed banks ship to North America. The packaging is discrete, seed germination is guaranteed, and sometimes the order comes with free shipping. Still, if you think that an international order may cause trouble with customs, stick with "more local" online shops.

Happy growing!

Stephen Andrews