Cricut Cake Machine

Decorating By lilcupcake0309 Updated 20 May 2011 , 4:17pm by tiggy2

lilcupcake0309 Posted 12 May 2011 , 12:09pm
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I bought the cricut cake machine a few months ago but haven't had any luck with it yet. Every time I try to cut something with it, the needle just drags the fondant or gum paste around. I've tried to roll it thin, switched speeds, pressures.... not sure what to do next. Anyone have this and actually have luck with it? I have only been able to cut one thing out and it was a big crown- anything else that's more intricate or small, it wont work! Help please. Thanks, Katie

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Dulcinea2805 Posted 12 May 2011 , 12:23pm
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this also happened to me!!! I was going crazy not knowing what to do! a friend of mine recomended to use only gum paste or the cricut sheets, and not to use fondant.Since I had no time that day to go buy any of those, I try letting the fondant fry a little and when it was a little hard, I started cutting. This helped a lot, not a 100 % but I was able to cut some figures. Is a very sad situation , some days I feel like returning the machine cause is not as easyand helpful as they say.
hope the tip help you, and I Will keep trying new tricks to make it work and post them then icon_biggrin.gif

Dulcinea2805 Posted 12 May 2011 , 12:25pm
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I am sorry, finger mistake!!! I let the fondant Dry. icon_biggrin.gif

lilcupcake0309 Posted 12 May 2011 , 12:34pm
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Oh thanks. I read a review on amazon that said to try not using crisco on the sheet and just a little water and rolling the gum paste out pretty thin so you can almost see thru it and then putting it in the freezer for a few mins to harden.... then try to cut it. But that didn't really work either! I bought it online and some days I want to return it too- they make it look so easy in the videos online! So frustrating

JillyPlot Posted 12 May 2011 , 12:53pm
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I have the Cricut Cake Mini and I love it! Before using fondant, I let it sit to dry for a while, and I freeze my gum paste on the sheet for about half an hour before cutting and it works great. Since I do this and it takes so long between cutting each sheet, I just bought some extra mats to save myself some time.

pummy Posted 12 May 2011 , 1:30pm
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Can you use homemade fondant and gumpaste with the machine? I'm thinking about getting one.

Smokey5266 Posted 12 May 2011 , 1:30pm
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I use 50/50 of wiltons fondant and gumpaste. I roll it super thin and let it sit for about 20 minutes. After I run it through the machine I pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Works like a charm!

Marinette Posted 12 May 2011 , 1:55pm
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Hi Girls!!! I have the cricut too.... and almost return but I take a demo in a cake show and after that I LOVE IT
1. put crisco in ur mat.... very greese
2. roll ur gum paste thin.... if u like use 50/50 add tylose
3.dry ur gumpaste for 40 minutes to a 1 hour. feel like a paper in the top.dry
4.set ur machine in speed/presure in high
5. cut and try save in a flat board with crisco. and wrap with plastic.
put in the frezzer and take out when u need. that preven dry all.
more tips.... try make in advance... 2-3 days or more. but keep in the frizzer.
if u like use black fondant use a lot tylose. but the most important is dry for 40-to 60 minutes.
I hope do u try those tips.... and sorry for my english is not the best.

Dulcinea2805 Posted 12 May 2011 , 2:58pm
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gosh!!!!!! if I knew this was So complicated!!! I have to make this week the happy birthday sign, and will follow all the suggestions, ti post the results latter . thanks!!!

staciessweets Posted 12 May 2011 , 3:44pm
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Love my cricut but it is a challenge, just keep working with it.

lilcupcake0309 Posted 13 May 2011 , 2:04am
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Thanks for the tips. I'll try it again this weekend!

Dulcinea2805 Posted 17 May 2011 , 4:16pm
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Ok, I went over and try every thing.... and nothig works...... There is not possible way I can make this thing work. I can only cut small circles, that I have to at the end , fix with my hands to make them totally round. So I am seriuosly thinking in returning it. just FYI girls icon_biggrin.gif

tiggy2 Posted 17 May 2011 , 4:36pm
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Check out Linda McClures youtube videos and follow her instructions to the "T" and you will have success.

Marinette Posted 17 May 2011 , 4:41pm
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Dulcinea really u try all.... maybe is the weather. The tips I write work perfect!... Good luck

Dulcinea2805 Posted 17 May 2011 , 4:51pm
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yes Marinette, I did, and yes, here is very humid so, May be is that.
I've seen the videos in you tube, I am also thinking, this could be my machine you know??? what if there is something wrong with this particular one? So ill try for a couple of days more, hope I can make it work and thanks for you advice! xo

tiggy2 Posted 17 May 2011 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by Dulcinea2805

yes Marinette, I did, and yes, here is very humid so, May be is that.
I've seen the videos in you tube, I am also thinking, this could be my machine you know??? what if there is something wrong with this particular one? So ill try for a couple of days more, hope I can make it work and thanks for you advice! xo


And you nfollowed all of Linda's instructions (letting it dry overnight in a ziplock bag)?

barico Posted 20 May 2011 , 1:01pm
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Ok, reading everyone's advice about letting the fondant dry a bit before cutting, but then dont the pieces crack when you put them on the cake because they have dried out? Especially if you want to curve something on the side of a round cake?

tiggy2 Posted 20 May 2011 , 4:17pm
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Not if follow LInda's directions.

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