Cricut Users!!! Cricut Or Cricut Cake??

Decorating By CakeDiosa Updated 25 Mar 2010 , 11:48pm by dalis4joe

CakeDiosa Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 6:22am
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So. I'm ready to get my Cricut but my question is this (or these):

Knowing that Cricut will be releasing the Cricut Cake ($400) do those of you who already own and use a Cricut see any reason to buy the cake specific one? Might there be features better for gumpaste than the presently used machines? Or do you think the "cake" is just painted on to be able to charge more for it. I don't own nor have I used a Cricut machine but can't see how/why there would be much difference since I don't hear any complaints about using the current models and cartridges with gumpaste.

Second question is which is the better current model for cake decorating?

I'm so ready I just don't want to get one and find out there was a better option!

Thanks for reading and for your time and input!

18 replies
Ren715 Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 8:44am
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Hi CakeDiosa,

For me personally, I got the Cricut Expression because I not only love making cakes, but I really like making cards/crafts. I just got mine last week and am amazed at what I can do with it. I ordered 2 more cutting mats and a deep blade/housing on ebay a few days ago and am waiting for them to arrive so I can start experimenting with gumpaste. I also purchased Make The Cut software so I can use my own fonts and images. I'm thinking about purchasing Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL2) too but haven't made up my mind yet. I just finished making the cutest birthday card and am so tempted not to give it to her (but I will of course). If you're only going to do cake, you might want to get the new Cake Cricut but my feeling is that if the Expression can do both, why limit yourself to one or the other?

pippilotta Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 8:57am
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Or do you think the "cake" is just painted on to be able to charge more for it.


Yes, I think so....

I have the cricut personal with the 6 x 12" mat.
I made some cakes with the cricut with cutouts or stencils...

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1601172

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1524753

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1509075

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1501798

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craftygoddess Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 11:54am
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since we already have an expression at our bakery we are using that right now. there are plenty of problems, but we make it work. the boss already preordered the cake because it seems to work so much better. the food safe issue just adds to the reasons to get the cake i think.
if you read jennifer and tobais' blog, they have the cake and the expression in a big retail bakery and did a comparison - to me there is no question the cake does both paper and food, is safer and cuts thicker materials. if i had to do it i would get the cake

honey

JenniferAtwood Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 11:56am
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You can check out the differences for yourself on my blog http://www.cuttingedgecakeart.com No matter what you decide it has side by side compairisons.

Jenn2179 Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 12:21pm
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I have the small personal one I got for about $100 which I will use for paper when I get my cricut cake which I pre-ordered for $319. I looked at Jennifer's blog and decided the cake performs much better for the cake world. Plus I want the bigger mat which I don't have with the personal.

Ren715 Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 6:24pm
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I guess my brain starts to turn off after 11pm. If you do cakes for a business I would recommend the Cricut Cake. After all, it's faster and designed for your industry. I'm just a hobby baker and, at least for right now, cannot justfy the cost of buying both machines.

Pippilotta - your designs are beautiful!

PinkZiab Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 7:04pm
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I have an expression, and I'm not about to drop another chunk of change on the cake model. If my expression ever kicks the bucket, then I might, but I also use it for papercrafts, so even then I'm not so sure. The expression works great for cakes, to me.

tiggy2 Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 7:19pm
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After seeing the differances on Jennifer's blog I will be keeping my expression for paper crafts and I pre ordered the cricut cake. www.cutncrop.com has a pre order special until 3/31/10 for just a little over $300

live2create Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 7:23pm
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Pippilotta, what beautiful cakes, please share with me was this gumpaste, on your personal cricut what pressure did you use speed, and give me your details. It seems like I have struggled with tearing and not a clean cut. your are beautiful

susgene Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 7:42pm
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I have never used a cricut before but I'll definitely be buying the cake one... will I be able to make stencils with it? I saw pippilottas cake above and hadn't thought about being able to make stencils...

pippilotta Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 2:44pm
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Hi,
in this post are sooo many informations for settings and the gumpaste
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=648533&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0

BrookieCookie333 Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 5:59pm
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"After seeing the differances on Jennifer's blog I will be keeping my expression for paper crafts and I pre ordered the cricut cake. www.cutncrop.com has a pre order special until 3/31/10 for just a little over $300"

Tiggy,
When I go to the link posted to pre order the cricut, I get a price of $344.99. Is that what you meant by a little over 300? Or did I miss out on
the better deal?

Thanks!

samona Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by BrookieCookie333

"After seeing the differances on Jennifer's blog I will be keeping my expression for paper crafts and I pre ordered the cricut cake. www.cutncrop.com has a pre order special until 3/31/10 for just a little over $300"

Tiggy,
When I go to the link posted to pre order the cricut, I get a price of $344.99. Is that what you meant by a little over 300? Or did I miss out on
the better deal?

Thanks!


When you go to Cut N crop and add to basket, it gives you an option for coupon codes. Add "cake" and you will get an additional $40.00 off.

Jenn2179 Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by BrookieCookie333

"After seeing the differances on Jennifer's blog I will be keeping my expression for paper crafts and I pre ordered the cricut cake. www.cutncrop.com has a pre order special until 3/31/10 for just a little over $300"

Tiggy,
When I go to the link posted to pre order the cricut, I get a price of $344.99. Is that what you meant by a little over 300? Or did I miss out on
the better deal?

Thanks!




Use the word CAKE as a coupon code to get $40 off. It's at the bottom of the page.

tiggy2 Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 6:27pm
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I thought it was $50 off?

Jenn2179 Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 6:29pm
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Originally Posted by tiggy2

I thought it was $50 off?




It was $50 off. They changed it to $40 off.

CakeDiosa Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 11:20pm
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Wow! Thank you ALL for your input! I was just sitting here wondering why I hadn't received a response to this post - I WAS NEVER NOTIFIED... weird!

So, I just read all this and will go and read the blogs mentioned but it sounds like maybe I'll do the cake one.

Hmmmm....off to read the blogs and comparisons!

Again, thank you all! Such a HUGE help!!!

dalis4joe Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 11:48pm
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FYI:

I saw a demo with the cake unit... you can use fondant,gumpaste,MMF,ANYTHING!! can be use with a pretty thick or super thin piece.... the blade is made specifically for sugar paste.... and it's with a larger mat....

HTH

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