Cricuit Cake Machine? Too Much Work !

Decorating By vlk Updated 9 Oct 2010 , 12:12am by elliebuff

vlk Posted 6 Oct 2010 , 7:28pm
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Wanted to know if anyone else feels the same way - I have found that this machine is so "non" user friendly that I am ready to sell it!

Every time I try to cut a design, the fondant/gum paste rips, I can never get the sizing right... I then think of everything else I could do not to use it!

Am I just user "loser" or do you have this problem too?

Thanks -

Vicki

16 replies
Jess1019 Posted 6 Oct 2010 , 9:10pm
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I couldn't agree more!!!! Mine is sitting collecting dust. I found that I can hand cut my design/letters faster then if would take to fight with that STUPID cricut.

I feel bad because my husband was so excited to give it to me.

crazyladybaker Posted 6 Oct 2010 , 9:19pm
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I like mine although I don't use it all the time. Sometimes things are just easier to do by hand.
One of the things that makes it worth it to me is being able to use all different fonts as well as ding bat characters with it.
I like being able to adjust the size of my lettering with it. It does take time to set up so I don't break it ope unless it will be worth my while. thumbs_up.gif

Coral3 Posted 6 Oct 2010 , 9:57pm
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I don't have one, but was busting to get one before they came out. I really only wanted it for font, and in the end couldn't justify the $ just for that. Am glad I didn't get one now. They sound like way too much effort for something that is supposed to make life easier!

KimberlysKakery Posted 6 Oct 2010 , 9:58pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jess1019

I couldn't agree more!!!! Mine is sitting collecting dust. I found that I can hand cut my design/letters faster then if would take to fight with that STUPID .

I feel bad because my husband was so excited to give it to me.




I so agree. My husband gave it to me as an anniversary gift. I would feel bad if I sold it but it is a hassle to me.

vlk Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 1:57pm
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Okay.. sounds like I am not the only one ---- whew-----
I got mine for my birthday, BEGGED.. and BEGGED for it... so I would feel horrible if I got rid of it

I have considered looking into the "additional' fonts you can purchase online.. but thats more $$$ and then what if I still don't find it easy?

just going to try to ease my way back into using it again... and see if my love for it will return!


VICKI

tootie0809 Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 2:11pm
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The hardest part about these machines is using the right GP and allowing it to dry the correct amount of time before cutting. Believe me, I know exactly how you feel. I don't have the actual Cake Cricut, but I bought the Expression and modified it before the Cake version came out. I was super frustrated for a long, long time with it. In fact, sometimes still when it's been a few weeks or months since I last used it, I can still get frustrated with it, but I've found the best success using Satin Ice GP and allowign it to dry about 5-10 minutes before cutting. I can't cut fondant worth a darn with that thing. And my own homemade GP is also not very compatible with it, so if I use Satin Ice GP, I get much better results.

I mainly use it for lettering, but it's come in handy a few times for custom shapes. Keep practicing. I think once you get the perfect combo of the type of GP/fondant that works for you and your climate and the perfect drying time, then you'll be happier with it.

Loucinda Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 5:49pm
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I have one, and I can't count on it to be consistent. I have a wedding this weekend that I was hoping to use for the damask, but I bought cutters instead, I KNOW they will work. I don't have the time to fuss with making sure everything is "perfect" for it to cut properly. Annoying.

leah_s Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 6:12pm
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Cricut = big ole expensive paper weight.

Worst $ I ever spent.

Kiddiekakes Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 6:23pm
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I ditto the ole expense part too...I bought one and spent hours trying to get it to work..Gave up and sold it on Kijiji...at least I got almost all my money back.

crazyladybaker Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 6:37pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by VLK

Okay.. sounds like I am not the only one ---- whew-----
I got mine for my birthday, BEGGED.. and BEGGED for it... so I would feel horrible if I got rid of it

I have considered looking into the "additional' fonts you can purchase online.. but thats more $$$ and then what if I still don't find it easy?

just going to try to ease my way back into using it again... and see if my love for it will return!


VICKI




Vicki- there are a zillion (ok, not that many) free fonts and dingbats out there. Please feel free to PM me and I can send you links to some that I use. I have never paid for a font.
Have a great day.

weirkd Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 7:00pm
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Thank God Im not the only one that cant stand the thing!! I feel like I purchased this uber expensive machine and its collecting dust. Every time Ive tried using it, it never works! Ive tried every medium on it and have NEVER got good results. Ive froze it, Ive let it dry and still have problems.
Now I have to do a cake and really could use it but I have to convert the image to a SCAL but thats not working since I dont have microsoft publisher and its not saved as a .jpeg. I feel like pulling my hair out and throwing the stupid thing threw the window! But I dont because Ive spent to much money on the dang thing!!!

playingwithsugar Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 7:19pm
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I saw the demo on this at one of the local craft stores. A clerk was doing the demo because the cake deco instructor is a WMI and she told the store mgr that she can't touch it because it's not a Wilton product.

They had her freezing the gumpaste - is that correct procedure?

Theresa icon_smile.gif

what_a_cake Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 7:34pm
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I will recommend you to keep trying, seems that either you love or hate Cricut.... why don't give yourself time?

I love mine, I have MTC also and having FUN doing all kind of things, not to mention fonts... don't need to buy cartridges, you can create anything you want if at least you have a picture. Yes, takes time to develope your skills, but is so worthy! Imagine having the font or flowers you want in the exact size and proportions you want!

To be honest I haven't have the problem most of you mention with fondant ripping (could be Houston's warm weather and high humidity?). Got good results since the first time... the only thing I dislike was finding the mat showed extreme marks as result of too much pressure, but that solved everything else has been good.

The possibilities of this machine are many. Be patient, make changes one at a time. I' m sure you can find your way thumbs_up.gif

tiggy2 Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 8:01pm
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I have the cricut and the silhouette and have great success with both of them. The problem isn't with the machine (s) it's with the meium used and the way it is prepared for use. Straight fondant doesn't work and MMF is even worse. The best thing to use (if you can get a hold of the recipe) is Linda McClure's gum paste but I've also had success with adding tylose to Wilton fondant. Once the tylose hade been kneaded into the fondant or if you're using the suggested gumpaste roll it to # 7 or 8 on a pasta machine. Then place it on a greased mat, inside a ziplock bag overnight. I use the flexible cutting mats you can purchase at the $ store. The next day transfer it to your greased cutting mat and cut away. The cut marks on the mat wont make any difference on the finished product.

Everyone says you can't cut anything small but I cut 1/2" letters today and they came out perfect. I've also cut very intricate patterns with no problems. If you get a chance to attend one of Linda's classes I highly receoomend it.

cutiepiecupcake Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 10:57pm
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I have just purchased the Cricut Cake from the US.. I'm an Aussie and the dollar is great value at the moment icon_smile.gif Just wondering if anyone here has used Sugarveil with their machine?

elliebuff Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 12:12am
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I like mine, but I did think I would get more use out of it than I have so far. I found that wilton fondant w/tylose or wilton gumpaste work well...and I have Make the Cut to use with it, which allows you to bring in any image without changing the format. I do love the fonts. And I think that if I used it more often, I would get more out of it.

The only issue I have is figuring out where on the mat the darn thing is going to start cutting!! Even when I lay it out on a MTC project, it seems to surprise me most times. I am sure it's in some instructions somewhere, but I have yet to come across them.

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