How Many Has Bought The New Cricut Cake...

Decorating By nicki9774 Updated 24 Jun 2010 , 2:31am by anywaycakes

nicki9774 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 8:53pm
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Plus what do you think about it? Was it worth the money?

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KayMc Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:15pm
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I bought it on it's debut night @ HSN. I also returned it without unpacking it from the box. The people on the cricut messageboard were going CRAZY for months about the release of this, and tons of people ordered it (like me - peer pressure...). It is interesting, because VERY FEW people ever post a pic of a cake on their cricut cake portion of the message board. I think all those people bought it, and either returned it, or can't figure out how to get decent cuts from it.

nicki9774 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:19pm
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I work part time @ Hobby Lobby and we haven't sold one yet. I know they talked it up. We even have a rep that comes in and they gave her one and she said it isn't moving very well. I think it is over priced. You can get the personal cricut at Hobby Lobby for $149.99 and it does the same thing.

multilayered Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:36pm
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I have one and I really like it, I here are a few pieces I have made. Also I really like it for letteringicon_smile.gif
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melmar02 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:39pm
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I got it for Mother's Day and I haven't had time to take it out of the box yet! DH said the manager at Michael's told him that was the first one in the entire region that has sold.

MadMillie Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:45pm
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I bought mine online at Wal Mart. Best price I could find. Haven't tried using it on gumpaste but have enjoyed doing projects with my girls cutting paper dolls. It didn't cost much more than the expressions so I went ahead to by the cake model so it would be food safe just incase anybody every questions it.

AXOCutie143 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:47pm
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It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but I actually really like mine too. I think the people who are rushing to return it aren't really taking the time to figure out how to use it. They just figured they could plug it in, slap some gumpaste on a mat and cut whatever they wanted.

tiggy2 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:48pm
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I have it and I love it. I've found that it cuts Wilton fondant and frosting sheets the best (not the crictur frosting sheets).

nicki9774 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:50pm
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Ooh! Like the pics. Maybe they didn't advertise good enough to get it to sell better. Maybe they should have a sale on it. I saw a thread earlier that it was on sale for $289.99. That isn't a bad price. I was hoping to get it on sale at HL so I could use my employee discount. Plus my husband could get it for me for either my birthday or christmas both which will be here before you know it!

tiggy2 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:55pm
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They advertised plenty, they just don't have the support for it. They shouldn't have shafted Linda McClure and they'd have a gold mine.

Occther Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:06pm
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I purchased one when they went on sale on HSN's website. Left it in the box until a few weeks ago. Read every thread that I could. Had to try a couple of different mediums to find one that worked. Love it. I am only a hobby cake decorator so I am sure that it will take a long time to get my money's worth.

But with hobbies, I am always that way - want the lastest, best, biggest or whatever. I used to be a weaver and had my eye on particular loom. Purchased one on ebay for a great price. Drove probably about 600 miles one way to pick it up. Moved the danged thing 5 times and never assembled it. Finally sold it at loss on ebay.

nicki9774 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:11pm
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I just read the other thread Tiggy, that's a shame. icon_mad.gif They shouldn't take someone else's idea. I saw the advertisement on provocraft.com but I didn't see much else. We talked about it at HL. They wanted me to buy one and teach classes. I'm waiting. I'd like one but I want to see what happens first.

tiggy2 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:23pm
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You can take a class from Linda and get certified to teach. She has a schedule on her website.

Meowcakes Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:25pm
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I think Occther hit the nail on the head! They marketed to hobbyist with the concept that they would be making couture level high end cakes. Nope. You still have to have a degree of decorating knowledge to have a beautiful cake. The Cricake isn't going to magically make your buttercream or fondant perfectly smooth or your cakes perfectly level. I saw the debut on HSN and they just spoke to how "ANYONE can be a professional". Not true. I also saw their sales rep. demo it at a show and I asked him that I see how it can benefit the novice, but what about a professional with a business, cause they weren't saying anything to sell me on it. He kind of had this "deer in headlights" look on his face. I kept it moving and hobbysit all over the world are wondering why their cakes don't look like Collett Peters.

And don't get me wrong, there are professionals that know how to utilize this to their advantage. It's just not for EVERYONE.

anywaycakes Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:27pm
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I just bought one on ebay and paid 242.50 for the Cricut Cake and a carrying bag...I'm waiting for it to ship (free shipping).

I was super excited about it when I first discovered it, then got a little nervous about it as I read the reviews. (I agree that some people weren't patient enough.)

I weighed my options and I am just beginning to get really into cake decorating so I don't have a lot of the "cookie cutters" like most have.

I think the Cricut Cake will be an asset and save me a lot of money on cutters...if I can find cartridges cheap, or buy that Sir Cuts A Lot program to eliminate the need for cartridges at all...I just thought I'd put my two cents in. I'll post again when I get it and play some. icon_smile.gif

If nothing else, it will help with lettering and basic shapes...I cut a ton of stars for a Hello Kitty cake and my thumbs were killing me...

AXOCutie143 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:29pm
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Originally Posted by Meowcakes

I think Occther hit the nail on the head! They marketed to hobbyist with the concept that they would be making couture level high end cakes. Nope. You still have to have a degree of decorating knowledge to have a beautiful cake. The Cricake isn't going to magically make your buttercream or fondant perfectly smooth or your cakes perfectly level. I saw the debut on HSN and they just spoke to how "ANYONE can be a professional". Not true. I also saw their sales rep. demo it at a show and I asked him that I see how it can benefit the novice, but what about a professional with a business, cause they weren't saying anything to sell me on it. He kind of had this "deer in headlights" look on his face. I kept it moving and hobbysit all over the world are wondering why their cakes don't look like Collett Peters.

And don't get me wrong, there are professionals that know how to utilize this to their advantage. It's just not for EVERYONE.




I agree with this EXACTLY. The Cake is not a "professional decorator in a box". I just use it to enhance what I can already do. You still need to be able to have smooth buttercream, fondant, etc. and a creative eye. If you look at some of the "project sheets" at Michaels they give you instructions for a 3 tiered wedding cake, say it will only take 1 hour, and to stack, you just plop the cakes down on top of each other with a little royal icing. thumbsdown.gificon_confused.gif

CakesHeaven Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:30pm
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I want to get one but noticed there aren't very many cartidges for the cake version, can you use the regular cartidges?

Karen421 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:33pm
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I have one and I love it!!! There is a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it - it's great! I cut cookies the other day and they worked too!

crazyladybaker Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:39pm
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I have it but haven't had a chance to play yet. I had the Expression and used it a little bit before deciding to go with the Cake version.
So, I sold my Experession of 1.5 years for $185 (with the deep cut blade I bought for $15).
Then I bought the Cake (brand new in box) for $183.
I figure if I had the Expression for 1.5 years and never used it for scrapbooking it wasn't likely I would start anytime soon..lol

So, I am pleased that I have it and am looking forward to buying SCAL.

I agree with the others. It isn't a professional cake stylist in a box but more of an "enhancement" of the skills you already have.

oh and maybe I will get bored and cut paper... icon_smile.gif

KayMc Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 12:26am
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Yes, KitKatCakes, you can use any Cricut cartridge in the cricut cake.

catlharper Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 3:22am
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I got mine a few weeks ago and after very little trial and error found out what works and love love love it. I am a caker, an event coordinator and a scrapbooker so I'll be using it for cakes (mainly for the fonts on the cake boards) and for design elements at parties/weddings and I have already used it for tons of titles and embellishments for a scrapbook I just finished (I bought seperate blades and papermats for the non food items) so it's totally worth the cost to me. If it was JUST for cakes, then no, it would be an expensive toy only brought out occassionally.

Cat

ttehan4 Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 3:34am
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I bought one and after trial and error it worked. I like it for the letters and that is what I have used it the most for. I think with a lot of simple things like stars I can roll the fondant or gumpaste and cut it by hand faster than messing with the cricut.

We will see if anything more intricate comes along that I can use it for and how it goes, but right now I think it is just more time consuming to use it and its just collecting dust.

Meowcakes Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 1:36pm
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Originally Posted by ttehan4

I bought one and after trial and error it worked. I like it for the letters and that is what I have used it the most for. I think with a lot of simple things like stars I can roll the fondant or gumpaste and cut it by hand faster than messing with the .

We will see if anything more intricate comes along that I can use it for and how it goes, but right now I think it is just more time consuming to use it and its just collecting dust.




And I've heard that A LOT. After all is said and done with the set up, it's quicker to use your hand. icon_cool.gif

crazyladybaker Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 1:51pm
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I think the selling point for me is the HUGE variety of designs available with the Cricut and SCAL. I guess in some instances it might be quicker to do it by hand but I don't have the storage for the variety of cutters nor the money to dish out to purchase them all.

I am a font and dingbat collector so I love the possibility of using so many different fonts. I haven't scanned anything to convert to svg files yet but have seen others make wonderful things icon_smile.gif
The amount of fonts I have saved over the years is embarrassing....

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Hopefully I am going to get a chance to play with it soon. I really want to try large scroll work with it icon_smile.gif

Lcubed82 Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 2:08pm
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I got the cricut. Was very frustrated at first. Put it aside for a couple of weeks. Got it out last week and employed many of the suggestions found on CC and other sites. I was thrilled with the cake that resulted (Graduaion Cake in my pics.)

I then needed 24 little grad hats for cookies. These came out quickly and great! No way I could have done them by hand. Pics up tomorrow.

I do wish there was a consistent forum for posting cakes decorated with the cricut. I was sure to put Cricut in the tags of my cake, and some thank you cookies I did, and they showed up about 5 pages back. I do not understand how the Search feature finds and shows pictures.

The push for "anyone" to be able to use this machine straight from the box is indeed misleading. You must have an understanding of the icing fondants, although some of the Wilton products, esp gumpaste, worked well without fuss.

BTW I was surfing last night- Pink Cake Box is now using her cricut for monograms, and maybe the casino cake on her blog! I love her designs!

AXOCutie143 Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 7:44pm
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I think we need to have a Cricut Cake form too! (or at least an "Electronic Cutters" forum). I wonder how we could suggest this?

anywaycakes Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:31am
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Okay, I've received my Cricut Cake Tuesday night, and I love it! I played with it until one last night, and for probably more than four hours today. I have had the typical problems of finding the right consistency for my MM Fondant, and store bought cookie dough is a little too soft to get the clean edges you can get from cutters.

Over all I think I'm having a great experience with it so far. I was well prepared for the trial and error, but I was relatively surprised at how well my first cuts came out. I am excited to make come cupcakes and play with different cuts and colors...I just cut some left over white MMF while playing.

I do see that it's a little time consuming but I don't think it will be anymore than using hand cutters once I'm comfortable with the machine controls...this is my first Cricut machine ever, so I'm hitting the tech curve along with everything else.

I just thought I'd give my first hand experience from the first few days!
I'll post pictures soon!

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