lilly52184 Posted 7 Jan 2012 , 7:23am
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Hi everyone,
I am in an dilema and I hope that you guys can help me out. I am wanting to get a cricut cake but I am not sure whether to just get a mini or a regular size one. What are your thoughts?
Thanks so much,
Cebrena

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Vista Posted 7 Jan 2012 , 5:34pm
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With the regular sized one being only 119 and the mini being 99, it makes more sense to get the larger one in my opinion.

HobbyCaker Posted 7 Jan 2012 , 6:26pm
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I bought the Mini from Joann's last year for $99 with free shipping. I don't make a lot of cakes, so it has been ok for my needs. I just wish I could master the darn thing. icon_wink.gif

FromScratchSF Posted 8 Jan 2012 , 4:27am
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Neither. Get a http://silhouetteamerica.com/.

I regret my Cricut (which is collecting dust) and wish I got a Silhouette so I could use open source software to cut any image I want instead of having to use the Cricut's stupid expensive cartridges that are ugly and don't do a fraction of the stuff I wanted them to.

KateLS Posted 8 Jan 2012 , 4:36am
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I agree with FromScratch. I have a cricut cake mini and I really, REALLY wish I would have known about the Silhouette. So so so so so much better and more versatile! It's on my down the road list.

But if you are determined to get a cricut, get the full size. It's easier to find the mats for them, and you can do larger size objects. The only benefit of the mini (other than slight cost), is the space it saves when not using it.

kimscreativecakes Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 12:44am
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Is the silouette cutter food safe? I didnt see anything about that on the site, nor did I see that it would cut fondant, gumpaste, etc.? Did I miss it? Thanks

KateLS Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 12:55am
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Here's Linda McClure's sites. She goes into it.
She use to support the Cricut, but now prefers the Silhouette.

(The first link I posted was removed. So you can also google Linda McClure and find her sites.)

http://www.creativedesignsforcakes.blogspot.com/

KateLS Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 1:01am
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You don't have to purchase it from her, but to use it for cakes, you'll want to order the cake accessory package from her to turn your Silhouette into a Silhouette Cake machine.

Vista Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 1:51am
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

Neither. Get a http://silhouetteamerica.com/.

I regret my (which is collecting dust) and wish I got a Silhouette so I could use open source software to cut any image I want instead of having to use the 's stupid expensive cartridges that are ugly and don't do a fraction of the stuff I wanted them to.




I have the cricut cake that I bought 3 months ago. I have only used SCAL with it. The firmware has not been upgraded to block the usage of 3 party programs. I did have to find an older version of the programs, but works great!!

FromScratchSF Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 3:24am

How did you find an older version??? I can't tell you how many times I've looked...

kimscreativecakes Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 3:30pm

What is SCAL? for the cricut, I just got one.

tiggy2 Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 4:37pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

Neither. Get a http://silhouetteamerica.com/.

I regret my (which is collecting dust) and wish I got a Silhouette so I could use open source software to cut any image I want instead of having to use the 's stupid expensive cartridges that are ugly and don't do a fraction of the stuff I wanted them to.


I have both machines and the silhouette is the way to go. Cricut cartridges are expensive and you are limited to their designs. With the silhouette I can cut any design I want. Check out Linda's website and blog for recipes and instructions. As additional information the premium frosting sheets from icingimages cut like a dream.

Vista Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 4:39pm
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Originally Posted by kimscreativecakes

What is SCAL? for the , I just got one.




SCAL is a program called "Sure Cuts A Lot". It was designed to work with a variety of die cutters, including the Cricut. However, Provo Craft (the makers of Cricut), were not happy about the program and attempted to sue the makers of SCAL and similar program (Make The Cut or MTC). They settled out of court. Now SCAL is no longer compatible with cricut machines, UNLESS you have one that the firmware has NOT been updated beyond 2.3 (no E2), and you have a version of SCAL that was available BEFORE the law suit (SCAL 2 is the latest that will work). I have seen it available on ebay for $300+.

SCAL and MTC are similar to the new Cricut Craftroom, except that you do not have to have cartridges, you can find SVG files online and import them into the program and cut straight from your computer. Without the option of 3rd party programs I find that the Cricut machines are worthless! The cost for the carts is CRAZY!! Should one of my Cricut machines break I would NOT buy another, but move on to another die cut machine that is compatible with 3rd party programs, like the silhouette.

kimscreativecakes Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 6:02pm

Vista, Thanks alot for the info!

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