I would love to thank you all for your awesome tips on using the Cricut cake. I just bought mine this past Monday and was already about to pack it up and take it back!! I was having a ton of the "common" problems. However, after reading up on them, I tried it out with the new advice I found and I LOVE it!!!!!
I do still have one question though - I'm wondering why when I try and cut some things bigger (more than 2") it keeps telling me to change the size because "characters won't fit"?
if you're using a 12x24 mat, the machine probably thinks it's 12x12. Change the mat size setting on the machine before entering what you want cut. That should fix the issue.