Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Anyone using Digital Cutting Machines?

A few weeks ago, Bakerella blogged about the upcoming release of the Cricut Cake.  This is a machine that lets you cut shapes directly out of gumpaste.

Of course, I read this about 4 days after purchasing the QuickCutz Silhouette SD cutting system.  Mike McCarey spoke very highly about the SD when I took his modeling chocolate class back in the fall.  I have been playing with it for a few days, but I haven't used it on any cakes yet.  I can tell you that it does make one heckuva cute gift bow!!

I still think I want to get the new Cricut Cake when it comes out, but my question to all my readers out there today is are you currently using a cutting system to enhance your cakes?  And if so, in what respect?

9 comments:

  1. I am not using a cutting system yet, they are so expensive that I am afraid to buy it and then not knowing how to use it. I also hear about the cricut cake, but I think it will be wise to wait to get reviews before making the investment, since it will be like $350+. Keep me posted.

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  2. I'm not a baker but am a big fan of your site. I do endorse the Cricut brand, at least to the success I've seen it do with their cutters designed for scapping and paper cutting. Lots of options for customization and consistent performance with cut quality! I don't have any experience with their Cake model so I can't speak it to its worth but I do stand behind the Cricut name!

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  3. oh yes I am very interested in this too, if anyone is using one. My wish list would include one of these an edible printer & a kopykate :)

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  4. I need one of those!! I'm saving up for the cake cricut. I wonder how it compares to what you have?

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  5. Wow! Sooo interesting! I wonder how much it will cost? Is it very expensive?

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  6. The most important difference in the Silhouette SD ($200) and the Cricut (any of them) is that you don't have to buy any cartridges for the Silhouette SD. You can use any font that you have, turn an image on an invitation into a cutting file, or buy an image from their library for about $3 (like an iTunes thing). I got the Silhouette to cut templetes out of cardstock that I can then lay over my gumpaste/fondant/modeling chocolate and cut out the image. It's all about saving time and being more accurate with the image. I am going to have to get up the nerve to run a very thin piece of gumpaste in place of the cardstock through my machine. It's just so new and I don't want to wreck it! There are people out there who have done this with the Cricut and had great results. I'm a scaredy cat!

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  7. Before cricut introduced the cake version, people were using the regular one. There is a special type of gumpaste you have to use, but I don't know what it is.

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  8. A Canadian store will be selling them in May and it's over $400 CAD. A bit pricey for me.

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  9. I had read about people using the cricut for this purpose. I had a cricut before I tried my hand at cake decorating. I can't say that I've used mine for this purpose, but it is my understanding that you mix gumpaste into the fondant. This keeps the fondant firm enough to cut, but not as brittle as gumpaste as it dries. I would really love to play around with this one day. That is very interesting about the cake cricut. I wonder what the special mat will be (that the fondant/gumpaste lays on to go into the machine) In the past, others have just scraped the sticky stuff off the cricut mat.

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