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post #16 of 43
I ordered gum paste from www .creativedesignscakes .com and it worked perfectly with this technique. I also watched the videos on you tube called working with gum paste. There are 3 of them. I learned exactly how to work with the gum paste, got the correct product and now I can cut out any design I want.
post #17 of 43
My answer to this problem was mixing tylose with the fondant and then rolling it out on the matt to the thickness of a dime and then letting it set up for overnight. The next morning I had no problems with cutting. I also tried the frosting sheets and found out that they can be VERY brittle. I had to use a thicker coating of crisco on the matt so the sheet would suck some of it up and moisten up again. The spots where I went too thin with the crisco just cracked. The other problem is that they are so thin that they pretty much melt into the buttercream so you can't have the pieces standing up like you can with the fondant/tylose mix. But I tried the freezing and that didn't do a thing but letting it set up over night really worked. I did it two days in a row. Then I went out and bought more matts so I can do more than one sheet at a time. That will make larger projects much easier. HTH Cat
post #18 of 43
Hi all!! Another frustrated CC user. My husband just called it the most expensive paperweight I will ever own. I have tried gumpaste, rolling thin and then allow to sit for 5 minutes and 20 minutes.....yuck. I haven't tried freezing it since I have the reviews. I am going to try again tomorrow using fondant with tylose. Is anyone that was having problems come up with a solution?

PS. I read something about making sure the blade is facing toward hello. What is that about??
post #19 of 43
Mine is ALWAYS inconsistant, if I need it, it doesn't work if I don't need it , it does work. Go figure!!!!!
post #20 of 43
I don't have the Cricuit Cake and from this post won't be running out to buy one anytime soon! LOL
don't want the heartache or the expense
post #21 of 43
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I don't have the Cricuit Cake and from this post won't be running out to buy one anytime soon! LOL
don't want the heartache or the expense



Like I said, it took some experimentation but once I got the "formula" down it was a breeze. I tried the freezing, I tried the waiting for 30 mins and none of those worked for me. So I started out with 2 hours of drying time and finally moved it up to 12 hours. That seems to work very well. So I think just keep working on it. No one got fondant the first time out the blocks and well, buttercream is still a pain in my butt 20 years later, but we keep at it. Keep practicing and you'll get it. Believe me, even if it's just for the fonts it's worth it to me.
post #22 of 43
This does not seem right to me .....having to roll out fondant and let it set overnight just to cut out details and put them on a cake...?? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it works for you, but when it comes to running a business and you have wedding cakes, and other cakes, due and now you have to roll out fondant and let it sit overnight in order to use a $400 machine??!!! And then what happens if you don't roll out enough sheets of fondant to sit overnight?

I think Provo Craft needs to step up their game on this thing! First of all, I don't know about the rest of you, but the directions that came in my CC are the same that came in my personal cricut except for the picture on the cover! The blade pictured in the user manual for the CC is the same as pictured in the reg. Cricut and not at all what came in the CC. The manual tells you absolutely NOTHING about how to roll it out...thickness, speed, pressure, let it sit, don't let it sit....etc, etc. It's a complete joke in my opinion! and a waste of $400!!
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post #23 of 43
Don't get me wrong...this is NOT a tool..it's a toy. Flat out, there will be things I will be able to use it for, especially for fonts, but I would never ever depend on this as a tool. I will use it, mostly, for writing out things to go on a cake or cake board, not for the fancy designs. However, I'm also an event planner and a scrapbooker so the cricut cake will be used for those as well and at those times the more intricate designs will be used (just with a different blade/matt set up). So, no, I wouldn't ever say this is for the serious caker in order to make a living, just a nice toy that is an addition to the arsenal. If it were not for the other uses that I can utilize it for there is no way I would have bought it.
post #24 of 43
I just sent a long email to Cricut support....I'll post their reply, when I get one. Hopefully it will help us all out!
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post #25 of 43
Well I got mine today and worked about 3 hours. I had more trouble than not. Very sad and disappointed. I tried fondant, fondant with tylose, cornstarch. I got very few things. Forget about the intricut designs. Most of the things you tried I tried except for letting it set for an hour. Anymore ideas from anyone?
post #26 of 43
I bought the Cricut Cake when HSN first offered it. But, didn't try it until this past weekend. I have been reading everyone's comments on here, so I was somewhat concerned. I wanted black filigree decorations for a cake. Based on comments, I made some modeling chocolate and added some black food coloring. I rolled it out thin, placed on a greased mat, froze for 30 minutes and had a disaster. I am out of black fondant, so I colored some dark chocolate Fondarific. I rolled it out thin, placing it on the mat, let it set about 15 minutes. It did a pretty good job of cutting the design. When it started tearing, I stopped it and adjusted the pressure to lighter and it worked fine. Actually, I loved it and can't wait to play more.

Like others, I did have some difficulty transferring the intricate designs to the cake. But, just like piping intricate designs or smoothing perfect buttercream or fondant, doesn't that take practice?

One comment that I think I saw somewhere, is to make sure that you apply the crisco on the mat with a pastry brush, not your hands or a paper towel. I make sure to keep the brush strokes going the same direction, and held it so I could make sure that it was well covered (but not too thick.) By the way, I used hi-ratio shortening because I don't use Crisco any more. I also tried to make sure to apply the fondant without bubbles - but still had a few. Unable to get them out, so I carefully stuck a pin in them and smoothed it out.

Not sure if any of this makes sense or helps anyone.
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post #27 of 43
By the way how do you replace the blade?
post #28 of 43
Doesn't the blade just pull out from the white thing that's holding it in????????????
post #29 of 43
I, too, are having much trouble with the CC.....Purchased it mainly for the fonts, have yet to get it to cut small letters....
What brand of fondant is everyone using......I went and purchased the CC brand of gumpaste thinking that would work better..... No such luck....Thanks for the info on the sheets, will not waste funds on that...
Would love to hear what Provo Crafts reply is
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post #30 of 43
Day 2 of trying to get cricut to work. I tried fondant last night with tylose and allowed it to sit for 20 minutes and then again for a little over an hour. The 20 minutes was a diaster, the longer one was ok, however the edges on the fonts were very rough. I then allowed a piece to sit overnight. I cut them this morning and it was great. Issue is trying to remove the pieces from the mat. All of the smaller pieces broke. Very frustrated to say the least.

Any suggestion for how to remove from the mat? I used a thin off set spatula to get it up, but it still broke.
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