Anyone Else Hate Their Cake Cricut?

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Lcubed82 Posted 7 May 2010 , 3:37am
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I agree that the cricut is tool, to be used to make things easier/faster/more consistent if needing repetitions/etc. I have seen beautiful cakes where a cutter design is used over and over. The art is in the placement, color, enhancements, etc.

I just finished 60 cookies for school tomorrow. I used the Cricut to cut 60 "Thank You"s to go on top. I knew that that would be too flat, without pizazz, so then I piped on top. I used SCAL to set up a font, cut many at once. I do more cookies than cakes, so repetition is important to me.
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ctinaw Posted 7 May 2010 , 6:18am
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cute cookies. i do like the piping on top.

all_for_my_baby Posted 8 May 2010 , 3:28pm
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Ok, so by reading everyone's comments I am now a bit uneasy about my purchase. I used it today for the first time to cut some letters and was not successful. Few things were my error but I was very upset when I rolled my gumpaste super thin and it cut right through to the mat.. now i have permanent letters on my mat?? Is that normal??????

doramoreno62 Posted 8 May 2010 , 3:37pm
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all_for_my_baby, I posted the same question a couple of days ago and from the responses it seems that marking up the mat is normal. I don't like it but I was told it does not affect the outcome of whatever you are cutting. I guess thats why replacement mats are available.

peg818 Posted 8 May 2010 , 3:49pm
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Originally Posted by doramoreno62

all_for_my_baby, I posted the same question a couple of days ago and from the responses it seems that marking up the mat is normal. I don't like it but I was told it does not affect the outcome of whatever you are cutting. I guess thats why replacement mats are available.




I set in a demo with linda mclue and she recommended marking up your mat to help the paste have something to grip to.

glendaleAZ Posted 8 May 2010 , 3:53pm
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Peg818 - I was thinking the very same thing. Glad to know that I was on the right track.

Meghan1010 Posted 8 May 2010 , 5:17pm
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I have found that if you freeze it for about 5-6 minutes then brush a THIN layer of crisco on top of the gumpaste, it cuts perfectly for me. But somtimes I don't brush on the crisco on top, and it cuts great too.

costumeczar Posted 8 May 2010 , 9:47pm
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I use it on a low pressure and it doesn't cut the mat, but having it marked up doesn't hurt the mat. It should be replaced after a while anyway.

all_for_my_baby Posted 10 May 2010 , 11:47am
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Oh that is great to hear then. I was quite upset with myself for doing that ! lol .. I am going to keep trying and hopefully use the right consistancy to make it work!

dreamacres Posted 10 May 2010 , 12:30pm
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OK, hate to bring this one up but....... yes the cricut mat gets cut, and the pieces of mat goes where? I found them on the pieces I had cut. Not good. Was using a magnifiy glass to clean up edges with knife and yep there they where. Thin pieces of mat I would never have seen with my eyes, stuck to pieces. Yummm....

costumeczar Posted 10 May 2010 , 2:59pm
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Originally Posted by dreamacres

OK, hate to bring this one up but....... yes the mat gets cut, and the pieces of mat goes where? I found them on the pieces I had cut. Not good. Was using a magnifiy glass to clean up edges with knife and yep there they where. Thin pieces of mat I would never have seen with my eyes, stuck to pieces. Yummm....




Eeeewwww...That's why I use low pressure!

Onome Posted 10 May 2010 , 3:27pm
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I just got my cricut cake late last week and I was a bit apprehensive after I had read scary posts. Anyway I reluctantly used it to cut a few things and it was great. The thing is that my mat was cut. So I guess I will use very low pressure. Another thing to note for the people who think that there is no artistry with the circut...... You still have to use your design sense for the placement of things you cut. The cricut will not put the pieces on the cake and if you cut a thousand pieces of fondant or gumpaste, you will still have to attach it to your cake.
Anyway I look forward to playing some more with my cricut cake.

misterc Posted 10 May 2010 , 3:45pm
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I went to art school and got my BFA in art and design - but I guess I'm not a "true artist" since I'm a graphic designer and sit behind a computer all day long which is what I use to create my "art". Sorry - that makes no sense.

I could sit about anyone down in front of a computer with all of the programs I use loaded and tell them to lay out this or that magazine ad - and depending on their own individual knowledge, skill, education and ability they will either produce something awful, boring, ho-hum or amazing.

Similarly, I could give any person off the street a cake and receive the same results. Art does come from within. Your ideas and how you translate them into reality *is* the art. Not what tools you use to create them. That kind of thinking is pretty closed minded.




Well siad!!!! I have not involved myself in the whole Cricut debate but the cricut bashing is ridiculous and I am tired of it. I doubt there is anyone on this website that has not used some kind of hand cutter or tool. The creativity comes from how you USE your tool! CAN THE GREAT CRICUT DEBATE JUST END!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!

tiggy2 Posted 10 May 2010 , 3:49pm
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Originally Posted by ctinaw

I went to art school and got my BFA in art and design - but I guess I'm not a "true artist" since I'm a graphic designer and sit behind a computer all day long which is what I use to create my "art". Sorry - that makes no sense.

I could sit about anyone down in front of a computer with all of the programs I use loaded and tell them to lay out this or that magazine ad - and depending on their own individual knowledge, skill, education and ability they will either produce something awful, boring, ho-hum or amazing.

Similarly, I could give any person off the street a cake and receive the same results. Art does come from within. Your ideas and how you translate them into reality *is* the art. Not what tools you use to create them. That kind of thinking is pretty closed minded.



Well siad!!!! I have not involved myself in the whole debate but the bashing is ridiculous and I am tired of it. I doubt there is anyone on this website that has not used some kind of hand cutter or tool. The creativity comes from how you USE your tool! CAN THE GREAT DEBATE JUST END!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!


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Montrealconfections Posted 10 May 2010 , 4:06pm
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I have found the unit to fall short from all the claims Cricut has made about its capabilities if you purchase this machine make sure you do so from a retailer with a good return policy. When I first heard about this machine I thought it was genius now that I have used it I find it to be a huge letdown I'm glad I ordered it to at least get it out of my system lol.

alene Posted 10 May 2010 , 4:28pm
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I received my Cake Cricut last week but didn't have time to fool with it until last night and so far I love it! Tried gumpaste and then tried gumpaste/mmf and both worked great. No complaints as of yet.

CavalierCakes Posted 10 May 2010 , 4:30pm
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I work in software in my day job and create cakes as a stress reliever. I see this kind of "complaining" going on in all environments.

I agreee that the Cricut Cake should be viewed as just a tool. It is nothing more than a glorified printer that the user MUST become familair with. Don't go blaming the tool when the user is not familiar with it or expects it to be God's Gift to make them famous. Just think of the projects that go wrong to be filed under PEBCAK. (look it up if you don't know what this tech issue code means).

Let it go and get on with learning what you have.

CookieMeister Posted 10 May 2010 , 4:43pm
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I bought mine with the intent for it to be a tool, nothing more. This debate is something else. But anyhoos . . .

I finally got a chance to play around with it on Saturday night. First of all - those icing sheets are NASTY. NASTY. NASTY. Who the hell would ever eat that crap???????? It makes gumpaste taste good.

This is actually a pretty complex little piece of equipment. It certainly isn't as easy as they make it out to be. So far I'm not excited, but I'm intrigued enough to keep going. I am doing a bumblebee cake this week, and am going to try using MMF for some flowers and stems. We'll see how that goes.

costumeczar Posted 10 May 2010 , 5:53pm
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Originally Posted by CookieMeister

I finally got a chance to play around with it on Saturday night. First of all - those icing sheets are NASTY. NASTY. NASTY. Who the hell would ever eat that crap???????? It makes gumpaste taste good.

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I have to agree that those icing sheets are made on another planet where plastic is considered edible!

Viviel Posted 10 May 2010 , 6:49pm
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I'm new to the whole cake making, everything else. But I have been contemplating the idea of a cricut. But after all the post I think I will wait for a little bit. Once I get a bit experience on the cake buss. I will look into it again.

One thing I dont get is the issue over using or not using the cricut. I believe if you can do it by hand great. But some of us want to make life easier and other like me need all the help they can get (lol). icon_lol.gif

conchita Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 10:15pm
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Originally Posted by candicemorgannicholson

If you follow the cutting edge cake blog they show several test of the cake. They use it on everything from gumpaste to fondarific to sugar cookies to cheese. They list all the reviews it is very helpful. Also they tried every brand of commercial fondant/gumpaste and came up with a recipe that you can make. They swear it works better than any fondant/gumpaste out there. I don't have the cake I have an expression and it works perfect in mine. Unfortunately I can't do super cool stuff like sugar cookies because of food safety. icon_cry.gif The recipe they use is below.

Gumpaste for CricutTM - Single Batch
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tbsp Gelatin
2 1/2 Tbsp Shortening
1/3 Cup Corn Syrup
2lbs Powdered Sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp CMC

Heat pot of water on stove.
Sprinkle gelatin in 1/2 cup of water and let stand for 5-10 mns.
Put bowl of gelatin in to pan of hot water and heat until translucent.
Add corn syrup, cook for about 1 minute.
Add heated shortening - cook until completely dissolved.
Pour mixture into a 5 qt mixing bowl, add sugar, mix with dough hook until completely mixed.
Add color if desired.
Add CMC and mix well.
Wrap airtight and let rest for 24 hours.




I hate my cricut cake too but I don't want to give up I want to keep trying thanks for the recipe I did try it and I still don't have good luck with the CC

shearpamela Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 12:12am
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It worked for me and I was shocked, I am not one to have success my first try like that. I don't think I would have had any luck had I not used a pasta roller to get it thin enough, then if I got some dragging it was due to the blade needing cleaning from build up, or too much Crisco on the mat. I had a hard time rolling the gum-paste thin enough to even feed into my KA pasta roller, so I can only imagine attempting it without. It was pretty firm stuff using Toba Garretts recipe!
I am excited to try the gum paste recipe posted here too, and to attempt it with MMF as well as chocolate!
It seems like gum-paste works the best - and it has to be super thin.
Artists use mixed media all the time, this can be used to create the same way.
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conchita Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 12:52am
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Originally Posted by shearpamela

It worked for me and I was shocked, I am not one to have success my first try like that. I don't think I would have had any luck had I not used a pasta roller to get it thin enough, then if I got some dragging it was due to the blade needing cleaning from build up, or too much Crisco on the mat. I had a hard time rolling the gum-paste thin enough to even feed into my KA pasta roller, so I can only imagine attempting it without. It was pretty firm stuff using Toba Garretts recipe!
I am excited to try the gum paste recipe posted here too, and to attempt it with MMF as well as chocolate!
It seems like gum-paste works the best - and it has to be super thin.
Artists use mixed media all the time, this can be used to create the same way.
Cake collages icon_smile.gif




here is the picture I was trying to send you

conchita Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 12:54am
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tmdoxie Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 3:44am
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I work at Jo-Ann's and we received Cricut Cake Minis today.

pugmama1 Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 4:26am
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I, too, would like to know what CMC is in the recipe.

madgeowens Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 4:55am
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I used my cc to do this cake for cheerleaders , letters etc and it was fun.........what the heckel and jeckel is cmc?

oops here is link lol

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1841548

madgeowens Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 4:59am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

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Originally Posted by CookieMeister

I finally got a chance to play around with it on Saturday night. First of all - those icing sheets are NASTY. NASTY. NASTY. Who the hell would ever eat that crap???????? It makes gumpaste taste good.

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I have to agree that those icing sheets are made on another planet where plastic is considered edible!




They are not only nasty gross, but mine cracked every time like in a million pieces...I like to use wiltons gumpaste the best, and in freezer for ten minutes...

shearpamela Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 11:12am
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Conchita the photos are not showing up, maybe you could email them to me?

Evoir Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 12:15pm
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Originally Posted by tiggy2

I don't see the difference between the or any other cutters someone may choose to use. Unless you're doing everything completely "freehand" you're using some kind of tool or artifical inteligence. Is anyone making realistic gumpaste flowers without some kind of cutter?




Yep!! I do it frequently icon_smile.gif Have you ever seen pulled flowers? They look amazingly real. Also, all my chocolate roses are made without any cutters or moulds. And I also do a fair bit of free-hand painting on my cakes.

My point - it takes all kinds, yeah? If some people feel they get benefit from using a Cricut in their cake art, then so be it. Where I live, they cost wayyyy too much, as do all the extra mats and stuff, so its not even an option for my boutique cakery. For me at least, there are just too many options out there for me to be playing with WITHOUT having to own a Cricut.

Maybe one day when I get sick of pulling flowers and freehand painting and piping and modelling original 3D figures, I'll buy one (they should be cheaper by then!)

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