Gelato Cake is a strongly indica-dominant (70/30) hybrid that packs a wallop — and that’s not surprising. Its two famous parent strains, Wedding Cake and Gelato #33, are each revered for their potency and powerful effects.
Even though Gelato Cake’s THC content is slightly lower than its parents’, at least on paper, its effects can be overpowering for less-experienced users. Euphoria is quickly followed by a full-body stone, couch lock for most smokers, and eventual sedation.
The flavor of this strain is complex, with elements of vanilla, citrus, diesel, berries, and pine combining to tease and then delight the taste buds. Medical patients love the strong body relaxation delivered by Gelato Cake, and some appreciate its ability to give them a restful night’s sleep.
Effects and Side Effects
It can take some time for Gelato Cake’s effects to fully grab hold of you. The cerebral high arrives first, slowly evolving into a euphoric and uplifting buzz that can often be energetic and creative. It brings with it a feeling of relief, replacing negative thoughts and worries with blissful happiness that lasts throughout the experience.
Next, relaxation begins to flow throughout the rest of the body. It’s not a slam-bang feeling of relief, but one that builds over time, and it may even ebb and flow for a while. However, users most often become locked to the couch by a full-body melt and an overwhelming feeling of calmness. That’s often followed by sleepiness, drowsiness, and eventual sleep.
Gelato Cake is a strain best used during the evening or on lazy weekend days. The initial head high can indeed be energizing and motivating at first, but the ultra-relaxing effects of the strain will almost always end up overriding any desire to get things done. This is weed for kicking back, not for accomplishing tasks at work or home.
The most common side effect of Gelato Cake is a sense of lethargy, a natural effect of the strain’s strong body stone. Dry mouth and dry eyes are experienced more often.
Newer smokers and users who have trouble handling high-THC strains, as well as those with existing anxiety issues, may have some difficulty with Gelato Cake’s potency and suffer from added anxiety, panic attacks, or paranoia. That only happens rarely, though.
- Energy: 2/5
- Creative: 2/5
- Pain: 4/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 4/5
- Mood: 4/5
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 4/5
- Cough: 3/5
Bottom Line: Gelato Cake provides an extremely-relaxing body buzz that often leads to lethargy and eventual sleep. There’s also a euphoric, creative head high, however, that can come and go throughout the experience.
The body stone may somewhat override Gelato Cake’s cerebral effects, but they’re still important to patients who use this strain to help them deal with everyday stress as well as more serious issues like chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. (Bear in mind our caution for patients with preexisting anxiety, though).
Patients value the strain’s full-body relaxation, even more, saying it’s ideal for the relief of their chronic and even serious pain problems. When combined with the cerebral euphoria that Gelato Cake delivers, conditions and diseases like fibromyalgia, arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease are forgotten until the high has ended.
The strain also brings on the munchies, which can help patients with anorexia and poor appetite from chemotherapy, and its ability to bring on restful sleep is appreciated by those fighting insomnia.
Flavor and Aroma
Gelato Cake is a loud strain. It immediately fills the room with scents of diesel and citrus, vanilla, and pine. The taste is similar, with sweet-and-sour vanilla and citrus the most noticeable flavors in the creamy smoke; pine and spices like pepper are also there as well, particularly in the smoke’s aftertaste.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 4/5
- Citrus: 4/5
- Fruity: 2/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 3/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
You can expect Gelato Cake to deliver a THC blast between 20-25%. It actually averages around 20% in some lab tests, but the flower that makes it to dispensaries is often quite a bit more potent because producers do their best to increase THC levels in the plants they grow. The CBD content in this strain is very low, and there aren’t noticeable amounts of other cannabinoids.
Caryophyllene and limonene are two of the terpenes well-represented in Gelato Cake, explaining much of its citrus and spice aroma and flavor. Pinene (pine) and carene (earth) are in there as well, as are bisabolol, ocimene, and linalool.
It’s not quite clear who created Gelato Cake, but it’s very clear where the strain comes from: it’s a cross of Wedding Cake and Gelato #33 (sometimes called the Larry Bird strain). There are clear Cookies genetics in this plant, but it’s never been determined if the Cookies Fam was behind its breeding.
Both of the parents are extremely potent strains. Indica Wedding Cake brings its vanilla and spice to the party, while sativa Gelato #33 arrives with sweet and fruity characteristics.
Where to Buy Gelato Cake Seeds
TH Seeds, Seedsman and Seed City, are just some of the many online vendors who offer feminized Gelato Cake seeds. Sadly, clones seem almost impossible to find (unless you know a friendly grower in your area).
One of the best comparisons to Gelato Cake is its parent Wedding Cake strain, which also delivers strong relaxation along with a feeling of euphoria and a somewhat-similar flavor. Other strains to check out include Black Dog, Grape Sorbet, Blue Coma, and Purple Hindu Kush.
Gelato Cake Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Is Gelato Cake the same strain as Ice Cream Cake?
A: No. Although some resource sites claim that they’re identical, they’re not. Here’s the reason for the confusion: there are several versions of Ice Cream Cake on the market. One of them (produced by Seed Junky Genetics) is also a cross between Wedding Cake and Gelato #33 — but with different phenotypes than the ones used to create Gelato Cake, creating plants with slightly different characteristics. (The other version of Ice Cream Cake is a Cheesecake/Dream Cookie cross from Mad Scientist Genetics.)
Q: How easy is it to grow Gelato Cake?
A: First of all, plan on growing it indoors unless you live in a Mediterranean climate. Be sure there’s a lot of space in your grow room because the plants grow both tall and bushy. Here’s the bad news: this strain gets really stinky as it nears harvest time. Here’s the good news, though: cultivators say this is a “low hassle” plant requiring only that you pay normal attention to the plants.