Hello...I'm trying out my cake cricut for the first time and have not had sucess with fondant or fondant/gumpaste combinations! I tried gumpast on it's own & it was okay. Is there a reason why fondant won't work?? Please Help! I love the machine but it's been unsuccessful so far!!
I know a lot of people don't like the cricut cake but I do love mine! When I first got it, I tried fondant right away; and failed. I then tried fondant/gumpaste mix and failed. Then I tried just gumpaste and it works great. I always try to use gumpaste because of this. I keep the speed down on low and the pressure in the middle (or middle/high).
I did recently try fondant again and got it to work out great, but I found that the fondant has to be super SUPER thin and the design to be cut should be fairly large. Anything small or dainty ends up being a disaster, in my experience when just using fondant.
I do find that I have to be sure to scrape off the blade after almost every cutting job and make sure the mat is well greased (but not too much! ) I've not gotten to the point of trusting it enough to start it and walk away as many times I have to stand by with a tooth pick to sort of help it along when it starts to drag or pick up the material.
I'm no expert by any means but this is just my experience with the machine.
I have been successful with fondant, gumpaste and a mixture of the two, although my personal preference is the mixture. For me the trick is to roll it out on the mat, pretty thin, then let it set for 5 to 10 minutes, sometimes up to 15 or 20 for a really intricate design. Works great. Also, just like pp said, make sure you wipe the blade down after EVERY cut.
There is a learning curve, but after you get the hang of it you will love it!!
I roll mine so thin you can see the lines on the mat through the fondant. Also make sure your speed and pressure are turned up to the highest setting. Start there and adjust it down if you need to. I do just pain fondant on mine all the time. Oh and be sure to use shortening to grease up your mat really good before applying the fondant. It is alot of trial and error but it is worth it.
I haven't used my mine much because I don't do a lot of cakes. When I tried it, I found that if I roll the fondant and then wait for about 30 min or so it worked better. So I would roll it out go to do whatever I needed to do and then cut it.
Hello, please go to You Tube and watch the tutorials. My cricut worked great the 1st time with homemade fondant. Grease the mat, roll fondant on the mat, trim, place in freezer 10 minutes, cut with the cricut. Remove design. I would start with simple designs. Don't roll fondant too thin or too thick. Hope this helps.
Thanks everyone for the replies!! I am still trying out my cricut & today have attempted the frosting sheets & to my surprise they did better than the gumpaste and fondant! However, I'm still uncomfortable and will use everyone's tips!!
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Could you explain what is meant by wiping the blade after every cut when using the Cricut Cake...is it after a sheet or each design on the sheet? Do you take the blade out of the machine? Also, thank you very much for all of the hints, I never thought about letting the material set before cutting.