Martha Stewart Crafts Edition of the Cricut Cake Electronic Cutting System
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40 of 40 found the following review helpful:
Just what I wanted Jan 06, 2011
First, yes, this version is exactly like the regular Cricut Cake $399 version sold here and other websites. The only difference is the model is white instead of red, and it comes with one of the Martha cartridges instead of the basic Cricut cartridges. And this is also the same as the Cricut Expression machine (which is marketed for scrap booking), only it's food safe and has protective coverings for it's electric bits and buttons.
Second, I would not suggest this to inexperienced decorators or people that make only the occasional cake. The investment does not seem worth it to me, but to each their own.
Third, there is a learning curve to it, it cannot cut straight fondant (nor was it advertised that it can cut fondant). You have to mix your fondant with gumpaste or make your own gumpaste by adding tylose powder to your fondant, and you have to let it rest on the mat and dry out for 30 or so minutes before you can run it through the machine. Otherwise it will not work and you'll be super frustrated. The icing sheets that are sold for the machine taste like paste. Really nasty.
I got mine and have been practicing with it and once I got the hang of it, I love what it's able to do. There is software available (not through Cricut) that you can scan in or pick any image online and this machine will cut it. That alone is awesomeness. There are also a ton of cartridges out there, since this will work with any Cricut cartridge. Look on ebay.
TIP: I noticed that I get the occasional blade drag cut on the top of my gumpaste, but noticed the side touching the mat almost always has a perfect cut. By using the "flip" feature (which will cut a mirror image of your design) I insure that the side of my design that is visable always as a perfect, sharp cut.
You can cut paper with this too, you just need a different blade (the deep cutting one) and the paper mat (although I have yet to try it). You run your own risk of contaminating your machine.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
LOVE IT! Dec 14, 2010
By Netty Belle
I LOVE my new cricut cake! Once you get the hang of using this is is quite easy and goes quickly. For those who commented that this does not work miracles; you still need some cake decorating experience... that is true. But just like you can't buy a hammer and expect to be a master carpenter... it still takes some practice to be a master cake decorator.
I have used my cricut cake to decorate cakes as well cut and decorate cookies... and so far I have only had it 1 week!
18 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Not as easy as you think Dec 03, 2010
Be aware the the cake cricut isn't as easy as they make it look. There's a definite learning curve, so be prepared for a lot of trial and error before you find the way that it works for you and for the material you're putting through it. It's NOT going to give you great-looking cakes if you don't have good basic decorating skills like icing a cake well. If you only do one or two cakes a year or a month, an exacto knife might be a better investment.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Cake Cricut May 09, 2011
I really like my cricut. I have used it for only one cake and it worked perfectly. As long as you put the fondant in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before using it with the cricut, it cuts well. I used marshmallow fondant and had no problems.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Useful tool Jan 08, 2011
Despite some negative reviews and much debate, I decided to order this Cricut Cake. I'm glad I researched prior to purchasing. Had I not read all of the comments by current owners I would have been very disappointed, expecting it to work smoothly right out of the box. However, with the tips from other Cricut Cake users, this machine is great! It's all in the approach. You must have patience. Experimentation is inevitable. I've tried gum paste and fondant. Frozen and room temp. Freezing the medium definitely makes all the difference. I've tested several intricate designs as small as one inch and have had great success on my first two days of use. This amazing technology will really supplement my decorating skills. It's a very useful tool, especially with lettering. I'm glad the cost has gone down significantly since last year. The $200 price point is appropriate. I do not think it is worth anywhere near $399 as seen elsewhere on line.
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