Ready for an honest review on the Cricut Cake Machine?
I’ve been thinking about writing a review for a while, so I just decided to go ahead and write a quick post about the Cricut Cake for fellow scrappers who might be wondering what I think of it!
How well does the Cricut Cake do for a Die-Hard Paper Crafter?
Well, I honestly have a mixed opinion about it.
I think its a great machine – for cake decorators – but scrappers, BEWARE! Just because you might be a Cricut Expression Master doesn’t mean your first attempts with the Cricut Cake will get you on the next episode of Cake Boss! 😉
After spending some time playing around with the Cricut Cake, I’ve noticed that the machine itself works exactly like a Cricut Expression. Cutting edible material, however, is a completely different story! 😛
–So, just because someone knows how to use Paper and other paper crafting materials in a Cricut Expression to create gorgeous scrapbook layouts and cards, etc… Does NOT mean that the mediums you use in the Cricut Cake are even close to similar.
Don’t get me wrong I think the Cake is really cool and its fun to cut out pie crusts and VERY thin Sugar Cookies, but its NOT something you can just set up and start decorating.
Working with the Cricut Cake takes some serious finesse! If you are already a cake decorator and are very familiar with working with Cake fondant, gum-pastes, icings, etc… then you may not have much of a problem at all, other than just getting down a few of the machine basics.
On the same token, I feel like I can say, someone who is a serious cake decorator or baker, probably would run into similar struggles using the Cricut Expression with paper. If you’ve never cut paper before, aren’t familiar with different paper depths, settings, etc… the Cake Master probably would be ready to throw the Cricut Expression out the WINDOW with paper tearings or frustrations.
As a paper crafter, even when I get a tear or missed cut in my paper time to time, I’m ok with that. To ME its just part of the nature of the thing I love and enjoy. On the other hand, sitting down with the Cricut Cake and thinking I’m going to be able to decorate my child’s birthday cake with as much ease and enjoyment was not the case for me.
However, I can again attest, my good friend, who I feel is very talented cake decorator, used the Cricut Cake. And while it took her a little time to figure out which worked best fondant/gum-paste/size/thickness, she decorated a birthday cake BEAUTIFULLY for her Father-In-Laws Birthday!
Are you seeing my point?
Cricut Cake – great for the experienced baker/decorator. But I’ll say it again, Paper Crafters Beware – its a whole other beast when you’re used to working with paper!
There ya have it! I hope that this little “review” of sorts will help at least one person! 🙂 I hope to be doing a few how-to’s with my best girl showing the Cricut Cake in the near future, but in the meantime….
Have a GREAT Weekend!
***SIDE NOTE TO COMMENTS BELOW***
I decided to add in a quick thought and side note here about comments I saw below….
While it IS True you CAN cut the gumpaste/fondant in your regular Cricut Expression WHEN you remove the Roller Guides on the roller bar… I do NOT Recommend doing this. Especially if you already used your Cricut Expression for Paper Crafting. Its not a good idea to mix food that you will eat with adhesive that you stick to your paper, and whenever you use the Cricut Expression for paper cutting with the original mat that is what you are doing. So technically speaking, you should buy a separate Cricut Expression for food and one for paper. Makes more sense to buy the Cricut Cake, because its designed for Food Grade with specific parts. Just for what it’s worth, this furthers the review slightly, and may help a few of you understand a little more!