Cricut, Gumpaste, And Pasta Rollers Oh My!

Decorating By lhayes1976 Updated 28 Feb 2010 , 3:41am by TobiasWilhelm

lhayes1976 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 7:33pm
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I have the Baby Cricut, and the deep cut blade. I am going to attempt to make some cuts this weekend. I am going to use the gumpaste recipe that was posted Tobias.

My big concern is rolling it out on my pasta machine, I have the shiny metal one that clamps to your table top. I tried rolling gumpate out in this one time and let me say it wasn't pretty. It stuck everywhere. I thought I would never get the pasta machine clean. I haven't tried since. How can I keep this from happening again?


I'm really excited about doing this, but apprehensive too. It seems most people are very frustrated with the Cricut. I just purchased the Cricut Expression for scrapbooking only and am going to use my Baby Cricut for cakes. I have the Storybook Cartridge and I love all the swirls and flourishes. I would be over the top happy if I could actually do this.

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tiggy2 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 7:44pm
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Dust both sides of the bumpaste really well with corn startch and it shouldn't stick. I just tried it for the first time a couple of days ago and it worked fine on my KA pasta roller.

AngelaM Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 8:29pm
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I had that style of manual pasta roller and never could get it to work with my fondant/gumpaste. Now that I have the kitchenaid one, I do it the same exact way as before but it magically works.

lhayes1976 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 8:59pm
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Darn, I wouldn't use it enough to justify buying a KA. Is it possible to get it thin enough rolling by hand?

lhayes1976 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 8:59pm
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Darn, I wouldn't use it enough to justify buying a KA. Is it possible to get it thin enough rolling by hand?

TobiasWilhelm Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 10:25pm
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The trick is to knead the gumpaste the day after you made it until it gets a slight gloss to it. It will be sticky at first, and I recommend putting a tiny bit of shortening on the table and on your hands when you do this. Once it gets a sheen to it, its pretty much not sticky anymore and will work just fine.

Jennifer just told me that we need to make a video on this part next week so people understand better ...

We use a Somerset Fondant Sheeter by the way, but all the other methods should work the same. I have done training sessions at other bakeries where I used a pasta machine and it worked the same, just on a smaller scale.

Tobias

lhayes1976 Posted 28 Feb 2010 , 3:21am
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I made the gumpaste last night. I colored it with Wilton and let it sit overnight. This morning I got my nerve up and started to practice on the Cricut with my uncolored gumpaste. I actually got it to roll very thin in the pasta machine and after trial and error came up with the settings that worked for me.
Blade-4
Speed-1
Pressure-3.
Thought I had it licked until I started to use my colored gumpaste. It was so much more sticky than the plain white GP. Could not get it roll through the pasta machine without a big mess. I finally just rolled it out with my fondant roller.
I ran it through the Cricut and it work, but not as well as the GP that I rolled out very thin on the pasta machine. I did use the Mickey Font cartirige and cut out the names and some Mickey shilouettes.
What happened to the GP--crappy Wilton color?

greengyrl26 Posted 28 Feb 2010 , 3:35am
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Originally Posted by AngelaM

I had that style of manual pasta roller and never could get it to work with my fondant/gumpaste. Now that I have the kitchenaid one, I do it the same exact way as before but it magically works.



AMEN SISTA!!!
I had SOOO many problems with that roller, swithed to the KA pasta roller, and presto...works like magic!!!

TobiasWilhelm Posted 28 Feb 2010 , 3:41am
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Depending on how heavily you color your GP, you may have to knead in a tiny bit more shortening - and I mean a TINY bit. We try to stay away from corn starch or much additional CMC as it makes the GP too brittle.

Generally, if its stuck to your hands like glue it not a good idea to put it through the machine ... take it from someone who had to scrape half a pount of GP out of a fondant sheeter before.

Of course the quality of the food coloring makes a difference as well - we use ChefMaster and Americolor Gel Colors with great results. Tried some others with less optimal results, so we stuck with what works.

HTH - Jenn wants to do a video on the GP processing next week, maybe that will make things a little easier.

Tobias

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