I am getting frustrated and need help. Everytime I try to cut with Cricut, it like drags through the fondant. I have frozen the fondant-covered sheet before cutting, I have rolled as thin as I can without tearing. What am I doing wrong? Is the needle supposed to pull out of the cartridge?
you most likely need to lower the pressure and speed. I usually do 2 bars for pressure and speed.
Use Wilton fondant, roll thin (I use a pasta roller), let dry on mat 10-15 minutes and use medium pressure. Other fondants just don't seem to work. What fondant are you using?
Be patient. I takes a lot of practice before you get the Cricut right. One thing that helped me was to spray the backing plastic with PAM and I also mix a little gum paste into my fondant. It will work, trust me, it just takes quite a few attempts and a lot of frustration.
I just attended a Cricut Cake demo and that question came up. The "dragging" you mentioned will occur if the gumpaste sheet is positioned too close to the edge. The directions may say to do just that, but the demonstrators suggested that you adjust the needle to move 1/2 "? inside and 1/2" down from the edge...play with it. But definitely the dragging occurs when the gumpaste is flush against the edge of the mat.
the only thing I have found works for me is to mix the fondant with tylose then roll it to the thiness of a dime on the mat and then let it dry overnight. By the next morning it's dry enough to cut easily with no tearing.
these are what I cut using the frosting sheet today...tip on those, make sure the mat is well greased and give it a few minutes for the crisco to soak into the frosting sheet before cutting.
I just attended a Cake demo and that question came up. The "dragging" you mentioned will occur if the gumpaste sheet is positioned too close to the edge. The directions may say to do just that, but the demonstrators suggested that you adjust the needle to move 1/2 "? inside and 1/2" down from the edge...play with it. But definitely the dragging occurs when the gumpaste is flush against the edge of the mat.
It will also drag if your medium is too soft.
I use either Wilton fondant + tylose or regular gumpaste, roll it out and put it in a plastic sheet overnight. I struggled with mine for awhile before I figured out what worked best. I usually use medium pressure and speed.
So if you let it dry overnight does it crack when you apply it to a round cake?
I only let my wilton fondant dry 10-15 minutes and it cut fine.
It's firm but not totally hard so it's still very pliable. I started off with 1 hour and then increased the time until I found out what actually worked for me. I use MMF so with the wilton it may dry faster and get harder if you waited that long. I just found that the freezing didn't work for me, waiting for 15 mins was like not waiting at all, still too soft to avoid tearing, and that finally overnight seems to work great. I just bake and wrap my cake, put it in the freezer, roll out a couple of mats of the fondant/tylose mix and set them aside. The next morning I finish my cake and when ready for the lettering I bring out the cricut, cut and place the lettering on the cake. Perfect and easy.
Thanks all (I didn't get a message anyone replied.) I will try your suggestions. I just ordered some tylose. How do you use it? I was planning on using chocolate MMF (I need black), but maybe I will have to buy Wilton or Duff's fondant (the wedding is this weekend.) In the meantime, I will continue practicing with Wilton and MMF, once I hear how to use the Tylose. Thanks all!
I've had a REALLY hard time cutting anything chocolate. Maybe it's just because it's so humid here right now, but unless it's a big design that's REALLY simple, I couldn't get it to cut.
Awesome tips! Thank you!
Can anyone help me with the tylose question. It is a powder. Do I add water then ad it to the fondant or do you add it as a powder? There are no instructions on the bottle.
You add about one teaspoon for every cup of fondant. Just flatten out the fondant, sprinkle on the tylose and knead it all together. Don't add water or anything just knead the tylose and fondant together till it's smooth and well incorporated. HTH. Cat
Duff fondant is way too soft and never dries.
OK! Thanks for the tip. I used MMF last night with Tylose. Rolled it out and let it sit, so we will see if it works tonight. IF not, I will be buying several packages of Wilton Black fondant tonight!
Well the MMF with Tylose that sat overnight did not work. Same problems even after I changed the pressure and speed and moved the cutter in and over (which I had been doing). I have some Wilton sitting on the sheet now (waiting 20 minutes) and then I will try that. Pray this works! My husband is getting really ticked at me for buying this thing and not being able to figure out how to use it!
Partial success with Wilton! It cut OK (not great), but I couldn't get it off the Pam sprayed mat without tearing. Trying again with Wilton with Tylose. Not sure what Tylose does, but we'll see. Waiting 15 minutes this time...