Ice Cream Cake strain: a sweet treat for mind and body

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Sugar-coated strains are abundant on dispensary menus as dessert weeds like the Ice Cream Cake strain captivate consumers. Ice Cream Cake is an indica-dominant hybrid that, according to data from Hoodie Analytics, is a hit in the U.S.

A search for the strain rendered almost 900 products nationwide, so how does this weed sweeten joints and bongs all over the States? I decided I wanted to find out and picked up a gram from Washington-based Soulshine–here are the deets.

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All about the Ice Cream Cake strain

Ice Cream Cake is a hype strain lover’s dream as a child of Wedding Cake and Gelato 33. The Gelato family hit the market in 2014, resulting in beloved hybrids like Thin Mint Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. A few years later, in 2018, Wedding Cake had a moment as a highly sought-after variety. It garnered Leafly Strain of the Year in 2019.

Gelato was created by Mr. Sherbinksi himself: Mario Guzman, founder of Sherbinskis. Gelato 33 is a cross of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC. Wedding Cake originates from Seed Junky Genetics, who also brought us the Kush Mints strain. The parentage is Animal Mints and Triangle Kush, two lesser-known strains that paired up to make the tangy, euphoric weed.

These genetics converge in a flower that is delightful to look at and dreamier to smoke. As mentioned, this review is based on indoor-grown flower from Soulshine in Washington State. The brand donates a portion of proceeds from each sale to causes that “save animal lives,” which only solidified my urge to try this Ice Cream Cake.

Look and smell of Ice Cream Cake

A complex, sweet floral aroma complements the Ice Cream Cake strain’s dense bud structure. I don’t remember Wedding Cake for its terpenes. In fact, it always felt a little flat on the terp front, but it didn’t pass down that trait. The aroma is saccharin with notes of geranium, pleasant overall.

As for the looks, expect a classically gorgeous flower. Ice Cream Cake grows in chunky, bulbous cones. The buds are cool green with plum-purple bits. It’s possible lots of the purpled buds went into larger jars. I have picked up jars where all nugs of this strain were purple in the past.
The aesthetics of Ice Cream Cake are noteworthy, but it’s the effects that drive it home.

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Ice Cream Cake strain effects

One inhale and Ice Cream Cake has an impact. The strain relaxed me and melted tension in my body–exactly what I want from an indica-dominant hybrid.

This weed brings the vibes almost immediately. I exhaled some Soulshine Ice Cream Cake and immediately relaxed into the moment. The eyes are relaxed, but some little tense places remain. I breathed through it, and the weed melted over me into an utterly mellow state, but I wasn’t completely gone.

Speaking of being completely gone, the first 15 to 20 minutes after enjoying some Ice Cream Cake weed might be a wild ride. I couldn’t maintain much focus in those moments and let my mind creatively wander. About 30 minutes in, everything settles for a groovy little ride to being legitimately stoned.

While I didn’t get knocked out from Ice Cream Cake, it’s certainly not a focused high. Lean into the chill and relax, don’t try to get cerebral tasks completed after toking on it. This is a good one for before watching some stoner-friendly cartoons, but maybe not before doing a crossword.

That said, note that everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system, and what works for me may feel different to you–try it with precaution the first time to find out. Either way, this one feels like a win.

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The final word on Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake is a yummy strain that delivers that coveted heavy indica hybrid feeling. That’s no surprise seeing as how it’s the child of two iconic cannabis genetics houses–Seed Junky and Sherbinskis.

Anyone who enjoys weed strains that lay them on the couch or weigh down their eyes should run, not walk, to the nearest dispensary that has Ice Cream Cake. This one is for us (I also like those things).

But really, this is a strain everyone could enjoy, but some might opt for this at nighttime only. Others may prefer to laze by the ocean on an Ice Cream Cake-fueled afternoon. To each their own. I, for one, like this weed strain–it’s got layers.

Cara Wietstock is senior content producer of and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.