adven68 Posted 22 May 2010 , 12:48am
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Can you just not use straight fondant? I let it sit rolled out on the mat for a while....i try popping it in the freezer for a while....I tried different settings....
my fondant always pulls and tears...

please tell me what you do...specifically, the speed & pressure used to cut it succesfully...


thanks!!!

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dalis4joe Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:10am
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Hi.......

I haven't had any problems.... here is what/how I use it....

1. spread crisco on the mat
2. roll the fondant as thin as you want it or thicker if that's what you need
3. put in the freezer (is says for 15-20 min) I put mine for 30 seconds to 1 minute...
4. Load....
5. Make sure you always remember this: P2 S3 (Pressure 2 / Speed 3)
Then start cutting.....

hth

Djor Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:18am
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Good to know, thanks Dalis thumbs_up.gif

adven68 Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:58am
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i will try it in the morning! thanks!

tlreetz Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:44pm
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okay, we have the cricut cake and are HATING it right now. We bought it because we were having problems with the regular cruicut and fondant/gum paste. Well, we have been trying to cut 1 thing for 3 hours now and it does the same thing as the regular cricut.... fondant sticks to blade, tears, pulls....etc, etc.....

We have rolled the fondant, thin, medium and thick....put it in the freezer for 1, 5, 20 minutes....let it set on mat for a few minutes...everything and it still doesn't cut properly!! And the directions are horrible!!! They are the SAME as for the regular cricut!! The directions even tell you to dial the blade to a 4 and make sure the black arrow is pointing correctly on the blade...hello.....the blade is totally different!!! SO, what are you suppose to do to get it to work??? Because as of now, I'm ready to give Provo Craft a very unpleasant phone call!!

sew4children Posted 22 May 2010 , 4:02pm
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I LOOOOVE my cricut cake and have had great success with the exception of cutting the letter W because it is so thin on one side. I even have that problem solved (after 45 minutes of panic before delivery!)

My suggestion would be to knead some tylose into the fondant that you want to cut. I don't use gumpaste unless I am making 3D items. Anything else that needs to be firm, I simply add tylose. This also helps when you are trying to match colors.

I add tylose, roll it out, let it sit for about five minutes on the counter and cut away.

Good luck!

noni12601 Posted 24 May 2010 , 4:20am
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thanx for the info i spent an hour trying to cut happy birthday with frosting sheets and after freezing for about 20 min they still tore i'm going to try the fondant with the tylose has anyone had any luck with the frosting sheets

tlreetz Posted 25 May 2010 , 2:03am
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Put tylose in the fondant and it still didn't work!! I am NOT happy!! I'm calling Provo Craft!

jamnike Posted 25 May 2010 , 2:16am
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Id like help too i just tried it for the 1st time and i am so frustrated im going to bed. ill try again tomrrow i tried freezing it and i got it to cut but then it didnt cut all the way throught...ugh

mtaylor10099 Posted 25 May 2010 , 2:24am

I have spent 3 days trying to get my CC to cut something without tearing the medium. I have tried Wilton fondant, Wilton fondant mixed with Tylose, Wiltom Fondant mixed with Gumtex, I have even made the gumpaste recipe recommended specifically for the CC. I have froze each from 5-30 min, I have let it sit for 5-15 min, I have rolled thick, I have rolled thin....NOTHING WORKS, everything tears. Don't get me wrong I came close by using the bottom of the medium as my display side and that isn't bad, but when you cut letters you can't do that since it will be a reverse image, I guess you can try the "flip" button. Anyway my question is should it be this hard to get this expensive machine to work? And if I am provided with beautiful detailed scroll cuts on a cartridge shouldn't I be able to get them to cut, after all that is what the machine is for.... I am returning my machine to the store Hope someone can figure this out, if it worked for the purpose it was designed for it would be a wonderful investment.

tlreetz Posted 25 May 2010 , 2:35am

I totally agree.....I am so frustrated....it works the exact same at the regular Cricut...horrible!!! I am calling Provo Craft to see what they have to say!!!

amarieholley Posted 25 May 2010 , 3:05am

I have been using a small amount of cornstarch mixed in with my fondant and then dust a littleon top before I cut. I roll it pretty thin on my mat and the put it on the cutting mat that has been criscoed and roll it even a little thinner. Almost to the point of being able to see the circles through it from the mat underneath. Seems to work pretty good. the only time I have issues with tearing is when my fondant is to soft or rolled to thick. Oh and I do use the P2S3 settings as well.

My only issue at this point is wondering after I get it cut how to get the larger more delicate pieces on the cake without warping them out of shape handling them. Any suggestions on that? They come off the mat fine but then it just seems like two hands aren't enough to get them on the cake before gravity takes effect.

Tracy7953 Posted 25 May 2010 , 3:38am

I just cut letters with my cake machine for the first time the yesterday...the learning curve was about three hours for a simple "happy birthday". Finally on the fifth try, it worked! What finally worked for me was leaving the fondant a bit thicker, rolling it onto a crisco mat, freezing it, typing the wording onto my cricut, THEN removing the mat with the frozen fondant on it, cutting, then letting the letters sit untouched to dry for about an hour. I used the spatula tool to slide underneath the letters and was able to move them. Hope that helps.

Maureen76 Posted 25 May 2010 , 3:42am

I've had problems also. Are you cleaning the blade? Sometimes the fondant/gumpaste gets stuck on it, and you don't even realize it. Even the smallest amout will cause it to tear/hang/snag whatever you are trying to cut. Just a thought! Sometime I still have trouble, even after checking the blade. I t

cakeville82 Posted 25 May 2010 , 3:48am

I use regular fondant and let it dry for about an hour on the mat, then cut, no problems.
I even cut really small cursive letters, about 1/2" tall.
The longer I let the fondant dry the cleaner the cut.
If I'm cutting a lot I'll pause it and clean the blade.
Freezing it for me only made the fondant sticky.

brooklyncaillouet Posted 25 May 2010 , 3:49am

I ordered gum paste from www .creativedesignscakes .com and it worked perfectly with this technique. I also watched the videos on you tube called working with gum paste. There are 3 of them. I learned exactly how to work with the gum paste, got the correct product and now I can cut out any design I want.

catlharper Posted 25 May 2010 , 3:58am

My answer to this problem was mixing tylose with the fondant and then rolling it out on the matt to the thickness of a dime and then letting it set up for overnight. The next morning I had no problems with cutting. I also tried the frosting sheets and found out that they can be VERY brittle. I had to use a thicker coating of crisco on the matt so the sheet would suck some of it up and moisten up again. The spots where I went too thin with the crisco just cracked. The other problem is that they are so thin that they pretty much melt into the buttercream so you can't have the pieces standing up like you can with the fondant/tylose mix. But I tried the freezing and that didn't do a thing but letting it set up over night really worked. I did it two days in a row. Then I went out and bought more matts so I can do more than one sheet at a time. That will make larger projects much easier. HTH Cat

cricket0616 Posted 26 May 2010 , 2:20am

Hi all!! Another frustrated CC user. My husband just called it the most expensive paperweight I will ever own. I have tried gumpaste, rolling thin and then allow to sit for 5 minutes and 20 minutes.....yuck. I haven't tried freezing it since I have the reviews. I am going to try again tomorrow using fondant with tylose. Is anyone that was having problems come up with a solution?

PS. I read something about making sure the blade is facing toward hello. What is that about??

debster Posted 26 May 2010 , 2:45am

Mine is ALWAYS inconsistant, if I need it, it doesn't work if I don't need it , it does work. Go figure!!!!!

mbark Posted 26 May 2010 , 2:51am

I don't have the Cricuit Cake and from this post won't be running out to buy one anytime soon! LOL
don't want the heartache or the expense

catlharper Posted 26 May 2010 , 4:23am
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Originally Posted by mbark

I don't have the Cricuit Cake and from this post won't be running out to buy one anytime soon! LOL
don't want the heartache or the expense




Like I said, it took some experimentation but once I got the "formula" down it was a breeze. I tried the freezing, I tried the waiting for 30 mins and none of those worked for me. So I started out with 2 hours of drying time and finally moved it up to 12 hours. That seems to work very well. So I think just keep working on it. No one got fondant the first time out the blocks and well, buttercream is still a pain in my butt 20 years later, but we keep at it. Keep practicing and you'll get it. Believe me, even if it's just for the fonts it's worth it to me.

tlreetz Posted 26 May 2010 , 10:45pm

This does not seem right to me .....having to roll out fondant and let it set overnight just to cut out details and put them on a cake...?? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it works for you, but when it comes to running a business and you have wedding cakes, and other cakes, due and now you have to roll out fondant and let it sit overnight in order to use a $400 machine??!!! And then what happens if you don't roll out enough sheets of fondant to sit overnight?

I think Provo Craft needs to step up their game on this thing! First of all, I don't know about the rest of you, but the directions that came in my CC are the same that came in my personal cricut except for the picture on the cover! The blade pictured in the user manual for the CC is the same as pictured in the reg. Cricut and not at all what came in the CC. The manual tells you absolutely NOTHING about how to roll it out...thickness, speed, pressure, let it sit, don't let it sit....etc, etc. It's a complete joke in my opinion! and a waste of $400!!

catlharper Posted 26 May 2010 , 10:50pm

Don't get me wrong...this is NOT a tool..it's a toy. Flat out, there will be things I will be able to use it for, especially for fonts, but I would never ever depend on this as a tool. I will use it, mostly, for writing out things to go on a cake or cake board, not for the fancy designs. However, I'm also an event planner and a scrapbooker so the cricut cake will be used for those as well and at those times the more intricate designs will be used (just with a different blade/matt set up). So, no, I wouldn't ever say this is for the serious caker in order to make a living, just a nice toy that is an addition to the arsenal. If it were not for the other uses that I can utilize it for there is no way I would have bought it.

tlreetz Posted 26 May 2010 , 11:11pm

I just sent a long email to Cricut support....I'll post their reply, when I get one. Hopefully it will help us all out!

bostonterrierlady Posted 26 May 2010 , 11:22pm

Well I got mine today and worked about 3 hours. I had more trouble than not. Very sad and disappointed. I tried fondant, fondant with tylose, cornstarch. I got very few things. Forget about the intricut designs. Most of the things you tried I tried except for letting it set for an hour. Anymore ideas from anyone?

Occther Posted 26 May 2010 , 11:31pm

I bought the Cricut Cake when HSN first offered it. But, didn't try it until this past weekend. I have been reading everyone's comments on here, so I was somewhat concerned. I wanted black filigree decorations for a cake. Based on comments, I made some modeling chocolate and added some black food coloring. I rolled it out thin, placed on a greased mat, froze for 30 minutes and had a disaster. I am out of black fondant, so I colored some dark chocolate Fondarific. I rolled it out thin, placing it on the mat, let it set about 15 minutes. It did a pretty good job of cutting the design. When it started tearing, I stopped it and adjusted the pressure to lighter and it worked fine. Actually, I loved it and can't wait to play more.

Like others, I did have some difficulty transferring the intricate designs to the cake. But, just like piping intricate designs or smoothing perfect buttercream or fondant, doesn't that take practice?

One comment that I think I saw somewhere, is to make sure that you apply the crisco on the mat with a pastry brush, not your hands or a paper towel. I make sure to keep the brush strokes going the same direction, and held it so I could make sure that it was well covered (but not too thick.) By the way, I used hi-ratio shortening because I don't use Crisco any more. I also tried to make sure to apply the fondant without bubbles - but still had a few. Unable to get them out, so I carefully stuck a pin in them and smoothed it out.

Not sure if any of this makes sense or helps anyone.

bostonterrierlady Posted 27 May 2010 , 12:39am

By the way how do you replace the blade?

debster Posted 27 May 2010 , 1:49am

Doesn't the blade just pull out from the white thing that's holding it in????????????

elainem51 Posted 27 May 2010 , 2:25am

I, too, are having much trouble with the CC.....Purchased it mainly for the fonts, have yet to get it to cut small letters....
What brand of fondant is everyone using......I went and purchased the CC brand of gumpaste thinking that would work better..... No such luck....Thanks for the info on the sheets, will not waste funds on that...
Would love to hear what Provo Crafts reply is

cricket0616 Posted 27 May 2010 , 1:14pm

Day 2 of trying to get cricut to work. I tried fondant last night with tylose and allowed it to sit for 20 minutes and then again for a little over an hour. The 20 minutes was a diaster, the longer one was ok, however the edges on the fonts were very rough. I then allowed a piece to sit overnight. I cut them this morning and it was great. Issue is trying to remove the pieces from the mat. All of the smaller pieces broke. Very frustrated to say the least.

Any suggestion for how to remove from the mat? I used a thin off set spatula to get it up, but it still broke.

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