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problems cutting fondant with Cricut Cake

post #1 of 43
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Can you just not use straight fondant? I let it sit rolled out on the mat for a while....i try popping it in the freezer for a while....I tried different settings....
my fondant always pulls and tears...

please tell me what you do...specifically, the speed & pressure used to cut it succesfully...


thanks!!!
post #2 of 43
Hi.......

I haven't had any problems.... here is what/how I use it....

1. spread crisco on the mat
2. roll the fondant as thin as you want it or thicker if that's what you need
3. put in the freezer (is says for 15-20 min) I put mine for 30 seconds to 1 minute...
4. Load....
5. Make sure you always remember this: P2 S3 (Pressure 2 / Speed 3)
Then start cutting.....

hth
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post #3 of 43
Good to know, thanks Dalis thumbs_up.gif
post #4 of 43
Thread Starter 
i will try it in the morning! thanks!
post #5 of 43
okay, we have the cricut cake and are HATING it right now. We bought it because we were having problems with the regular cruicut and fondant/gum paste. Well, we have been trying to cut 1 thing for 3 hours now and it does the same thing as the regular cricut.... fondant sticks to blade, tears, pulls....etc, etc.....

We have rolled the fondant, thin, medium and thick....put it in the freezer for 1, 5, 20 minutes....let it set on mat for a few minutes...everything and it still doesn't cut properly!! And the directions are horrible!!! They are the SAME as for the regular cricut!! The directions even tell you to dial the blade to a 4 and make sure the black arrow is pointing correctly on the blade...hello.....the blade is totally different!!! SO, what are you suppose to do to get it to work??? Because as of now, I'm ready to give Provo Craft a very unpleasant phone call!!
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post #6 of 43
I LOOOOVE my cricut cake and have had great success with the exception of cutting the letter W because it is so thin on one side. I even have that problem solved (after 45 minutes of panic before delivery!)

My suggestion would be to knead some tylose into the fondant that you want to cut. I don't use gumpaste unless I am making 3D items. Anything else that needs to be firm, I simply add tylose. This also helps when you are trying to match colors.

I add tylose, roll it out, let it sit for about five minutes on the counter and cut away.

Good luck!
post #7 of 43
thanx for the info i spent an hour trying to cut happy birthday with frosting sheets and after freezing for about 20 min they still tore i'm going to try the fondant with the tylose has anyone had any luck with the frosting sheets
post #8 of 43
Put tylose in the fondant and it still didn't work!! I am NOT happy!! I'm calling Provo Craft!
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post #9 of 43
Id like help too i just tried it for the 1st time and i am so frustrated im going to bed. ill try again tomrrow i tried freezing it and i got it to cut but then it didnt cut all the way throught...ugh
post #10 of 43
I have spent 3 days trying to get my CC to cut something without tearing the medium. I have tried Wilton fondant, Wilton fondant mixed with Tylose, Wiltom Fondant mixed with Gumtex, I have even made the gumpaste recipe recommended specifically for the CC. I have froze each from 5-30 min, I have let it sit for 5-15 min, I have rolled thick, I have rolled thin....NOTHING WORKS, everything tears. Don't get me wrong I came close by using the bottom of the medium as my display side and that isn't bad, but when you cut letters you can't do that since it will be a reverse image, I guess you can try the "flip" button. Anyway my question is should it be this hard to get this expensive machine to work? And if I am provided with beautiful detailed scroll cuts on a cartridge shouldn't I be able to get them to cut, after all that is what the machine is for.... I am returning my machine to the store Hope someone can figure this out, if it worked for the purpose it was designed for it would be a wonderful investment.
post #11 of 43
I totally agree.....I am so frustrated....it works the exact same at the regular Cricut...horrible!!! I am calling Provo Craft to see what they have to say!!!
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post #12 of 43
I have been using a small amount of cornstarch mixed in with my fondant and then dust a littleon top before I cut. I roll it pretty thin on my mat and the put it on the cutting mat that has been criscoed and roll it even a little thinner. Almost to the point of being able to see the circles through it from the mat underneath. Seems to work pretty good. the only time I have issues with tearing is when my fondant is to soft or rolled to thick. Oh and I do use the P2S3 settings as well.

My only issue at this point is wondering after I get it cut how to get the larger more delicate pieces on the cake without warping them out of shape handling them. Any suggestions on that? They come off the mat fine but then it just seems like two hands aren't enough to get them on the cake before gravity takes effect.
post #13 of 43
I just cut letters with my cake machine for the first time the yesterday...the learning curve was about three hours for a simple "happy birthday". Finally on the fifth try, it worked! What finally worked for me was leaving the fondant a bit thicker, rolling it onto a crisco mat, freezing it, typing the wording onto my cricut, THEN removing the mat with the frozen fondant on it, cutting, then letting the letters sit untouched to dry for about an hour. I used the spatula tool to slide underneath the letters and was able to move them. Hope that helps.
post #14 of 43
I've had problems also. Are you cleaning the blade? Sometimes the fondant/gumpaste gets stuck on it, and you don't even realize it. Even the smallest amout will cause it to tear/hang/snag whatever you are trying to cut. Just a thought! Sometime I still have trouble, even after checking the blade. I t
post #15 of 43
I use regular fondant and let it dry for about an hour on the mat, then cut, no problems.
I even cut really small cursive letters, about 1/2" tall.
The longer I let the fondant dry the cleaner the cut.
If I'm cutting a lot I'll pause it and clean the blade.
Freezing it for me only made the fondant sticky.
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