To Cricut Or Not To Cricut

Decorating By DinasSugarShack Updated 4 May 2011 , 4:07am by tryingcake

DinasSugarShack Posted 4 May 2011 , 2:32am
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OK, so I got my sister the cricut for scrapbooking and I saw working with it and it looks so cool and fast too.
So I started thinking of getting the cricut for cakes but wanted to know from people here that have it what they thought of it.
Is it worth it? would you recommend it? I saw some videos that make it look so easy, is that true?
Any comments about the cricut whether positive or negative would be appreciated. I am sure other people have asked, but I really want to know.

Thank you everyone for your help

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cakeandpartygirl Posted 4 May 2011 , 2:45am
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It's not as easy as they make it seem. It's not going to make her a better decorator just because she has it. I have one and it took me a while learn it. I like it alot because I see it as more than just cutting gumpaste but a tool in which I can customize decorations for the customers, such as making stencils and personalizing monograms and so forth. The only downfall for me is that provocraft has sued the aftermarket software providers, makes the cut and sure cuts alot, which opened up the capabilities of the machine and now I can't upgrade my firmware. Other than that it's great!

Oh and if she gets one don't use the icing sheets that are sold for it, they don't work well. The better ones are photofrost and icingimages!

genevieveyum Posted 4 May 2011 , 2:47am
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I got it and really don't find it all that useful. I think that it really depends on the kind of cakes you do. I really enjoy doing 3D and sculpted cakes- for this, the cricut isn't that helpful. If you do a lot of cakes where you'd like to do damask patterns on the sides, or a number of tiered cakes you'd like repeating patterns on, it may be perfect for you. I got it thinking that it was a replacement for using lots of cutters and stencils, but I never really used cutters or stencils- I do almost everything freehand or with templates I make myself.
Based on what's in your gallery, I'm not sure if you'd find it helpful. Keep in mind, you still have to get cake-friendly cartridges!

KateLS Posted 4 May 2011 , 2:47am
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Go for the sillouette! No need for cartridges if you get make tge cut or sure cuts a lot. Plus it can do more than the cricut. There's a particular website, i think linda mcclure's, that she'll send the special blade for it. Im sure someone on here can give you the website.

Good luck!

VickeyC Posted 4 May 2011 , 2:54am
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I received mine for Christmas and have tried it several times. I have managed to do a couple cakes using it, but I wish that it was as easy to use as the ones for scrapbooking. I have only used mine with MMF and MMF with tylose added to it. That may be my problem. I now wish that I had received an agbay instead. This is my opinion from my experience so far. Others have had much better luck than I have. HTH

grandmomof1 Posted 4 May 2011 , 3:03am
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I ordered a cricut cake, tried it for about 3 weeks, packed the thing up and sent it back to HSN. It's not as easy as they make it look and not worth the money.

labmom Posted 4 May 2011 , 3:31am
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I purchased my cricut cake the night that they were introduced on hsn. I didn't have time to work with it until the return date was past. I have used it only 2 times and wasted a couple of there frosting sheets just trying to get lettering for a cake. that is what I like that you can get professional lettering small and delicate or big. I hate writing on a cake I think that is why I stopped doing sheet cakes. I always get to the end of what I am writing and find that I mess it up somehow. So this has been good for that. When things slow down I am going to have my scrrap booking friend come over and explain all the buttons and stuff and play with it. They show you what can be done in the videos but they don't show how to do it..
I think if I get it working it will be good for all the pattern work. I have been using fondant molds for lace and things but they look so heavy. I think I am going to try the new icing sheets and try the different things you can use with them. Someone on here linked me to a wonderful website where you can punch, and cut, and paint and do all kinds of things with the sheets. I think much faster than trying to fight with the cricut to get just a couple of good cuts.

Kristie925 Posted 4 May 2011 , 3:42am
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I like mine, but I also use one for scrapbooking, so I went into it with experience!

tryingcake Posted 4 May 2011 , 4:07am
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I really like mine when I need it. But I find I don't need it that often.

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