I was thrilled to receive my Cricut Cake machine. It took the better part of 2 days before I had my Voila' moment where my cuts were coming out perfectly. Here are some of my suggestions. 1. I mix Wilton fondant and gum paste 50/50. 2. Let air dry for a short time, so it's not sticky. 3. Used my Wilton fondant roller with the pink guide rings to keep it 1/8" thick. 4. Used a very light coating of shortening on the mat. 5. Kept my settings at speed 1, and pressure 1. I hope this helps.
I see a lot of reviews talk about the cuts coming out messy. I use Wilton fondant and gumpaste and I freeze my rolled fondant and gumpaste mats for 15 minutes before I insert the cutting mat into the machine and I've had great success. I have tried adding gumpaste powder to the fondant and I still had to freeze the mats first to keep it from being too soft for the machine to cut cleanly.
It does take a little practice to get the right constistancy, but once you do it is SO MUCH FUN!!!
I know alot of people are havinga hard time using it so they give up easily. The first couple of times I used this, I used fondant and it kept getting sticky or the cut was really messed up. However, several forums suggest Wilton gumpaste and I decided to try it. Guess what, it works! I also bought the fondant rolling pin and I get roll out the gumpaste to a very thin format which allows for a great cut. I made my first cake and people were impressed. I dont really like the taste of fondant so I placed my gumpaste cutouts on regular icing. Works just as well, doesn't look as professional but still good to eat :)
I bought the Cricut Cake for myself and could not wit to get it...I have tried several times to use it, it is such a mess. The frosting sheets that came with it didn't work at all. I am so frustrated!!!!
After reading some of the other reviews, I think the main complaint is that it is messy. If you're using the fondant/gum paste in the instructional video, it will probably come out wonderful but not taste very good. I found that freezing my fondant after rolling it pretty thin on the sheet that it made a better cut. The simpler the design, the better the results. Don't give up. It's actually pretty neat!
I can't get it to cut all the way through on anything I've checked all of the troubleshooting and still can't get it to work right what a waste of money
I have been cutting the same shape over and over again for the last 6 hours to put on a cake. This thing is terrible. Each time is messier than the last. You would do better with a cookie cutter or stencil with fondant. I am so determined to use it because my mother bought it for me as a gift. However. this is another useless kitchen gadget that does not work the way it promises. You will be dissapointed if you buy it.