cole10 Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 6:57pm
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Debating on getting a cricut cake. Can anyone give me advice if you own one? How do you like it? Would you recommend it to someone? Should I get the full size or the mini? Thanks in advance for any information!

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cookiemonster025 Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 7:53pm
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I bought one because I thought I'd be able to cut out some beautiful, detailed embellishments. I've tried 3 times, and it now sits in a box in my basement unused.

Just my personal experience, but if you are using it to cut out basic shapes you will be fine. Detailed work doesn't seem to work out (again, just my experience)

DeniseNH Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 8:07pm
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There have been several discussion on this board on this subject. I have the Silhouette with the Make The Cut software added and have only used it twice. I'm glad I have it but there's quite a learning curve associated with both the machine and the texture of the gumpaste needed in the machine.

cakecraving Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 8:23pm
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My mother bought me one before I did cakes because I thought this machine would magically make cool cakes. Haha little did I know. So I took a few cake classes fell in love and used the machine twice. I think waste of money but then again I would have never tried my hand at cakes if it wasn't for that waist of money.

cole10 Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 11:22pm
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Thanks everyone...thought it was too good to be true.

ApplegumPam Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 11:27pm
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I have the Silhouette SD - I LOVE it - sure I don't use it every day - but the times I do use it, I save myself hours and hours or tedious handcutting ... AND the Silhouette produces a much cleaner cutting line than I could ever achieve with a scalpel (but maybe that is just me)

I have never had a problem with the gumpaste - do roll it thin with a pasta machine and it is adhered to the cutting mat with Sprink (a canola based spray)

The Cricut has limitations - ie - you are restricted to cutting what THEY think you want - and they charge you fro each and every cartridge.

I purchased the Silhouette originally to assist with corporate logos for cupcakes - something the Cricut could NOT do

cole10 Posted 27 Aug 2012 , 12:07am
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Good to know..I wasn't aware of another similar product. Thanks I'll look into it.

tiggy2 Posted 27 Aug 2012 , 1:16am
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam

I have the Silhouette SD - I LOVE it - sure I don't use it every day - but the times I do use it, I save myself hours and hours or tedious handcutting ... AND the Silhouette produces a much cleaner cutting line than I could ever achieve with a scalpel (but maybe that is just me)

I have never had a problem with the gumpaste - do roll it thin with a pasta machine and it is adhered to the cutting mat with Sprink (a canola based spray)

The has limitations - ie - you are restricted to cutting what THEY think you want - and they charge you fro each and every cartridge.

I purchased the Silhouette originally to assist with corporate logos for cupcakes - something the could NOT do


Ditto! icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif

ApplegumPam Posted 27 Aug 2012 , 1:51am
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If you are seriously looking at a Silhouette - go through Linda McClure of Deseret Designs - she sends you the modified blade and LOADS of helpful tips - like how to make your own cutting mats, storage of pre-rolled gumpaste (to make your life so much easier) She also has DVD's and is VERY knowledgable about the entire process.

I purchased from her and she sent it to Australia - postage was also VERY reasonable!

cole10 Posted 2 Sep 2012 , 1:44pm

Thanks Applegum Pam! That was my next question, where to purchase one.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 2 Sep 2012 , 4:31pm

I have the Silhouette as well. Between the 2, it's the only choice! The cricut is very limiting.

However, there is a HUGE learning curve. Not only is it difficult to learn how to use...the software is next to impossible. I spend more time importing & trying to get it to cut what I want than I would cutting myself. It's frustrating quite frankly.

I don't even bother with trying to get my gumpaste to work. I use the electronic cutter sheets from edible images.

I also think decorating a cake with just them is kind of cheating. It also doesn't really look the same. I do really like it for some applications. I especially like using it (& my printer) for logos & crazy monograms. Luckily I also use it for scrapbooking!

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