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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Fabulous Cricut Cake

I am the luckiest person alive. I have a Cricut Cake. Click here to buy one, or just marvel at its awesomeness.
For those of you wondering exactly what the Cricut Cake is, I shall enlighten you. It would help your understanding if you've heard of the Cricut before. It looks just like the Cricut Cake, only its white (usually, they have a few other colors), and it cuts paper and other inedibles. Its an electronice cutting machine. You pop in the cartridge of your choice (they have thousands and thousands of the cutest images), select your size, and cut. I have the Cricut and it is awesome.

But the Cricut Cake...I lose sleep thinking about it. It cuts fondant, gumpaste, frosting sheets and cookie dough, to name a few. It also claims to cut cheese. Hahaha. I haven't tried that one yet. Its fantastic. I was worried it wouldn't work. I had tried cutting gumpaste on my regular Cricut Expression machine and it never worked, I thought the Cricut Cake would be the same, but its cuts like butter. The secret is to stick your gumpaste in the freezer for half an hour before you cut it.

Anyway, I haven't had the chance to do any fancy work with it, but I just had to try it out. So I threw together a quick little cake.

I cut the swirls and flowers out using the Elegant cakes cartridge. The black was a little dryer than the purple and it was so much easier to remove because of that. I think the older the gumpaste, the better. After cutting out the image and pulling off the excess, I stuck the mat back into the freezer to harden the gumpaste up a bit again so it would be easier to transfer to the cake.

Here's another not-so-great example of what the Cricut cake can do. I used the Summer in Paris cartridge. I wish I could have cut the poddle out smaller. It kind of has a giant-poodle-attacks-Paris feel. But it was so detailed, the gumpaste wouldn't cut smaller. We'll just assume the Eiffel Tower is miles away in the background. Anyhow, it gets pretty detailed, but it is squishy squashy material, and what works in paper doesn't always work in edibles.

Its pretty awesome. I cut things just to cut them. I don't even have anything to do with them. I just cut out images and throw them away, just to watch the thing cut. You should get one. Or come borrow mine.