204 of 206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tricks for success...
Let me start by saying that I've never used a Cricut product before, but I've been using gumpaste and fondant for about a year on my cakes. This is a fabulous machine. There is a learning curve, but it will work once you figure out the right consistency for your edible materials and with a bit of adjustment to the instructions. You really can cut the intricate designs,...
Published on May 14, 2010 by Kitchens and Chemistry
55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very big disappointment!
I have been an award winning professional pastry chef and cake decorator for 10 years. I bought the Cricut cake the week it was released thinking that it would save time in my business by allowing some of my less experienced employees and interns to work on cupcake and cake projects...it is not nearly as easy to use as the company would have you believe and to top it off...
Published on April 8, 2011 by designercakes
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204 of 206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tricks for success...,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)Let me start by saying that I've never used a Cricut product before, but I've been using gumpaste and fondant for about a year on my cakes. This is a fabulous machine. There is a learning curve, but it will work once you figure out the right consistency for your edible materials and with a bit of adjustment to the instructions. You really can cut the intricate designs, not just the basic hearts and whatnot. So don't give up!
First, roll your gumpaste/fondant really thin. As in, you can see the lines on the mat through it. They say to freeze it to help avoid tearing--if you roll it thin, you can use it at room temp. I couldn't get it to work at all frozen, because the condensation from the air on the cold gumpaste pretty much instantly turned it to goo. In general, I think that gumpaste works better than fondant.
Second, if you make your own gumpaste or fondant, you may want to add a bit more powder sugar than usual. Go for structure over flexibility.
Third, use a very very small amount of water (instead of shortening) on the mat if you are having trouble with the material gumming up the machine and sliding around the mat. I wiped the mat down with a damp cloth and tried it with both gumpaste and fondant. The dampness from the cloth is enough to get the sugar to stick to the mat, and it doesn't slide around as much as it does on shortening. Be warned that it will be trickier to get your designs off the mat if you use water--you may have to refrigerate or freeze them after you're done cutting. If you get the material thin enough, the shortening will work, but the thicker stuff I used worked much better with water.
So all in all, are you going to be an instant designer cake decorator with this? No--you have to understand that you're working with sugar, and sugar can be finicky, and there's going to be some trial and error. But you don't have to be a professional to get it to work, either. You just have to be patient.
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE MY CRICUT CAKE!!! I,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)I bought the Cricut Cake for a friend and she has done nothing but rave about it. Here are her comments:
"If you have an Expression machine already, it works the same way. Just like your Expression machine took some trial & error to figure out, so does the CC, but it's worth it! Remember also that food (especially sugar) can be very temperamental & not as easy to work with as paper is in your machine! I found that using the Wilton 20" rolling pin Wilton Fondant 20 Inch Rolling Pin with the Wilton 20" rolling pin guides Wilton Fondant 20-Inch Rolling Pin Guide Rings was the way to go! Made getting the correct width for food materials a breeze. I use the 12"x24" mat Cricut Cake 12-Inch-by-24-Inch Cutting Mat, 2 Mats instead of the 12"x12" because I can get so many more cuts or cookies done at one time & I have a chest freezer so it fits.
Here are my tips that I have had complete success with: Instead of cutting fondant, I cover my cake with delicious Marshmallow Fondant (recipe on Wilton website - I add orange extract). I then cut all my decorations out of gum paste. ProvoCraft provides a wonderful gum paste recipe on their website that tastes great & is simple to make & lasts for a couple months. You do need Tylose powderCMC Tylose Powder - 5 Oz. I put a dab of shortening under my mat so when I'm rolling out my gum paste onto the mat, the mat doesn't slide on my counter. I freeze my gum paste for 10 minutes then cut & refreeze for 10 minute before removing from my mat. When I make cookies I do the same thing with the freezing, but also freeze the cookies on the sheet for 10 minutes prior to baking so the cookies do not spread out in the oven (DO NOT use a mix!! ProvoCraft & Wilton both have excellent sugar cookie & gingerbread cookie recipes on their websites). I also stack them 2 on top of each other so they bake nice & thick. I was able to make a complete cake for Easter & dove cookies without having ever used fondant, gum paste or a Cricut Cake machine before, so you can, too!! I have included pictures of the finished products in customer images."
55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very big disappointment!,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)I have been an award winning professional pastry chef and cake decorator for 10 years. I bought the Cricut cake the week it was released thinking that it would save time in my business by allowing some of my less experienced employees and interns to work on cupcake and cake projects...it is not nearly as easy to use as the company would have you believe and to top it off their customer service is horrible- I thought that maybe if I bought the design software and connected it to a laptop it might make it easier to use and worth the money I spent - WRONG- after trying a few times (with no luck) to download trials of the software I called the company three times and was put on hold for 30 minutes each time and hung up before ever being helped...I then sent an email detailing my problems and attempts to reach them to which they responed with an auto generated message telling me to call the number I was complaining about! This machine might be fun for people to play around with just for fun if they aren't concerned with speed etc...but for $300 I expect a machine that can be at least as fast as we are by hand and customer service I can actually speak with...it's pretty sad when even my high school interns can turn out flowers etc...faster by hand than a $300 machine.
I am surprised by the huge discrepency in reviews and can only guess that either there is an inconsistancy in the machines and some work better than others or that the good reviews come from people with a lot of patience and time on their hands who are not concerned with speed and efficiency.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great designs,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)This is my first cricut machine ever. But I have been working with fondant/gumpaste for quite a time now. As other people have commented, it has a learning curve, but so does decorating cakes. One cann't expect to decorate a wedding cake just by purchasig tips and decorating bags.
The instructions need to be improved, but you have to practice at it. It is a great investment for a business, saves me a lot of time making beautiful cuts I would have to make by hand.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic....Cannot believe how good it works,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)I was very excited to purchase this product. I would first like to state that I am not any type of professional baker by any sorts of the word. I can follow receipes and the food turns out, but that's about it.
However, this product is absolutely fantastic. I read a lot of the reviews about how everyone was having problems and its very difficult. I called a local baker to discuss making fondant. She stated if you are not experienced buy the pre-made stuff as it can be very tempermental and a pain to get it right. I bought the pre-made Wilton Fondant. (I've heard it doesn't taste great and am on the lookout for better fondant, but it will work for now).
I have not tried sugar cookie dough, gumpaste or pie crusts, but do believe they will work extremely well based on what I have seen this machine do.
I watched both the instructional video and read the instructions thoroughly. The Cricut Cake worked perfectly the first time for me. Here would be the key reccomendations I would provide:
* Read the instructions and watch the video, they give lots of fantastic tips!
* Don't over work your fondant. Simply roll it on your mat with lots of crisco as instructions say and cut. I do believe it works better if it is a little harder. If you do overwork it, put it in the freezer for 10 minutes after its rolled on the mat.
* Make sure your fondant is in the white part of the mat.
* For the depth and speed of the cutting tool, I used exactly what it suggested.
I cannot wait to do sugar cookies and pie crusts this Thanksgiving! It is going to give all of my baking a one up for sure. My friends are so impressed that they are buying one now also.
Cricut Cake has become my new best baking buddy.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new toy for cake decorators!,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)As a cake decorator, I love the new choices I have with this. I was a bit frustrated at first with the cuts bunching up, but after reading the brochure at Michael's Crafts about freezing your mats with the gumpaste on it before putting it in the machine for cutting, my cuts are much cleaner. I give it 4 stars because it is really good for larger cuts but smaller cuts give you some grief no matter what. Also, I wish the lettering was on the keypad, but you have to look at the book to see which key corresponds to the letter, but after awhile I realized the letters are set up just like a keyboard, but still wish they were on the keypad. Also, each letter takes awhile to come up on the display, I like to move quickly, and this seems to take forever sometimes. I bought the gypsy for it, so hopefully that will help.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as easy at it looks,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)I've had this machine for about 3 weeks now and they make it look so easy. Put your fondant on the greased cutting board and place in the machine and cut. After 3 weeks of playing with it, there was only one cut that came out OK. The rest of them the blade tore through the design. Put it on the least tension and it doesn't cut at all. The medium tension worked the best and the hard just destroyed whatever I had on the mat. They show all the intricate designs you can do and none came out for me, it tore them to pieces. There are different tensions and speeds and I tried to play with them all to no avail. I am returning my machine as this is a big disappointment. On the plus side if you can get it to work properly there are a lot of great designs you can use and all their Cricut cartridges can be used from the other Cricut machines.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On sale!,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)I hade been wanting this item for so SO SO SO so long and I finally found it at Big Lot's for $99! I thought it would have been the mini version, but you need to go to your local Big Lot's and pick this baby up. It isn't listed on their website and I called the store because I had heard on a blog that they have them. They only had 1 left in stock so I told them to hold it for me. If you have a 20% off coupon its even better.Now, the best medium to use with this machine is definitely gum paste, but if you want to use something that doesnt harden up Wilton brand fondant seems to be the cleanest cut. Satin Ice does well too but Wilton seems to be just a bit better so it's really your own preference. Also, regular Cricut for scrapbooking cartridges ARE interchangeable on any machine so the possibilities for your designs are ENDLESS!!!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Too!!,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)Let me just say that I love using fondant cut outs on my cakes. I usually use cookie cutters of different sizes to make flowers, etc. With that said I still wasn't sure if I wanted to get a dedicated machine to do just that. I was then told that it would cut paper too, just like the expression and that they are essentially the same machine. You have to get the other mats and I use a regular and deep cut blade housing and blades instead of the cake blade and housing. It cuts just as awesome as my small original cricut did. Of course I've gunked it up with paper and though I would never use it as a professional cake decorator, it will still clean up well to use for personal cake use. I haven't actually used it for cake yet, and I'm sure that it would work great for that too just haven't had a cake that I've needed fondant on it since I got it. I really just loved that it was red and came with the stainless steel trim and insides and that the whole thing is sealed for easy clean up so when I heard that they were the same I got it for an expression and its there if I want to make cake with it. Provo Craft has made it so that the cake blades don't fit into the expression but the expression blades do fit on the cake. With that said I did buy my machine a year ago and before I did I went to joanns, where they have them on display, and double checked that the two blade holders were the same. At that time they were. I hope this helps someone and at this price, wow. I got mine on clearance and still paid more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!,
This review is from: Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Kitchen Red (Kitchen)I have recently started to decorate cakes using Fondant and other things and decided to buy this to cut down on the time i spend on certain details. I used it the day after i bought it and absolutely LOVED IT!!!!!! It took me not even an hour to figure it out and print my first image perfectly. I read a lot of reviews that it was hard to use and that it didn't cut right but i didn't have any problems. LOVE IT!!!!
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