Do the regular cricut cartridges (non-cake) work in the cricut cake? I got a cricut cake for my birthday several months ago and have yet to open the box because of a cross country move and breaking my foot and other crazy life stuff, but I'm now planning set it up. I google for cartriges and find the ones I like best are not designated cake and I'm just wondering if they will work as well.
Yes they do!
Oh that makes me happy!
I'm about to start playing with it. Any advice on the best material to try first? straight fondant? gumpaste/fondant blend? sugar sheets?
Yeah if anyone has any advice that would be awesome. I started working with mine and I can't get it to cut really intricate designs. I think my fondant was a little too thick and someone said that you should use the Crisco like they recommend. I also let my fondant sit for about 20 minutes but that seemed like it was not long enough. I dont want to use gumpaste because I find that if I let it sit and it dries and then I try and wrap it around a cake (so its not laying flat anymore) it tends to crack or have a dry look.
All cartridges work with the machine, HOWEVER, some designs are too intricate to cut out. And some designs need to be cut larger than other designs. The non cake carts were designed for paper and can take the sharp change in direction of the blade, so just keep that in mind when cutting soft stuff.
I would recommend starting with fondant: have a thin smear of crisco on matt ( or whatever shortening you use), then roll your fondant on the matt, keeping it thin too. The edges of the matt need to be free of fondant so the rollers can move the mat, and you will see how if the fondant is too thick...it won't work.
I find that once i get my fondant on the matt, trim the edges and then run a smoother over the top of fondant. It creates a smooth surface plus a sealed edge. I think it helps the blade cut thru and not drag through the fondant. You can play with freezing or not...i prefer to not, but other find success doing it that way.
Have fun and you will find what works for you.
Don't forget about cricut craft room to customize your designs and sizes. If you want to weild two designs together and/or make bands to go around your cake.
No design is too intricate to cut if you use Linda Mclure's method. Check out her web page and youtube videos. Straight fondant is too soft. Whatever medium you use it must be rolled paper thin (a pasta roller is almost a must). The premium frosting sheets from icingimages are the easiest to work with (and least expensive) and take no pre planning.
Where can I buy the premium frosting sheets? I was on their website and it seems they only come in white, am I seeing that right? Maybe I'm looking at the wrong product.