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If you have ever considered a Cricut Cake machine BUY IT NOW!!!! I got an email with some black friday deals (available now though on their website) ONLY $49.95!!!! WHAT ON EARTH!!! With 2 cartridges!!! I just HAD to share with everyone!

http://www.cricutmachine.com/product_info.php?products_id=839

I love mine, I have a couple videos posted on my use of it too. This picture is cake I couldn't have done without my CC. :)

 

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My reply to this post may be viewed as negative, but understand where I am coming from. I invented the Cricut Cake machine, presented the concept to Provo Craft and the entire concept was pirated. This is ancient history as far as I am concerned, but I am patent pending on the whole idea of using electronic cutters for cake decorating. With this being said, ask youself why the Cricut Cake machine went from $400 to $49 in 18 months. The fact that the Cricut cake machine is a big failure is due to Provo Craft and how they have delt with the cake world. Not only did they (insert any bad word here) me but they did the same thing to several other poeple in the cake world. I know of several cake supply people who invested thousands of dollars in the cricut cake machine and they have lost their investment. They can't give their machines away! How can a company sell a machine for $49. My guess is Prove Craft is unloading everyone of them. I doubt you will see any further cake products from Provo Craft. This is called Karma and I believe Provo Craft will get theirs in the end.

I am thankful that I discovered the Silhouette. It turned out to be the better machine to use. Combine the Silhouette with Icing Image icing sheets and you have a win-win situation. When I presented my idea to the Silhouette people, I asked them to be up-front and honest with me. If you come on board, fine. If not, just leave me alone and I will continue to develop new applications for cake decorating and the Silhouette. So far, Silhouette has been a good company to deal with, and they have left me alone to come up with new ideas.

If you have a Cricut cake machine, learn how to use it. Remember, I started with a Cricut and created beautiful cakes using the Cricut cartridges.

Linda, I really appreciate your input on this. I am so sorry that they did that to you. It seemed like a great concept when it first came out. The cost was astronomical for home bakers, though! Not to mention there was no flexibility to it by not being able to use computer images and such and only being able to use the cartridges. I have been trying to figure out if I can just use mine for paper and scrap booking stuff instead of fondant and gum paste so that it's not a total loss. It taught me a great lesson, and that is not to be so impulsive in my spending and also to do a lot of research before making a purchase such as this one. The cricut was just too frustrating to me for gum paste that I doubt I'll ever use it again for that purpose.


I did not see your post as being negative at all! I saw it as being honest! I like honesty! I wish more people were like that-up front and honest! THANK YOU for that.
Linda McClure said:

My reply to this post may be viewed as negative, but understand where I am coming from. I invented the Cricut Cake machine, presented the concept to Provo Craft and the entire concept was pirated. This is ancient history as far as I am concerned, but I am patent pending on the whole idea of using electronic cutters for cake decorating. With this being said, ask youself why the Cricut Cake machine went from $400 to $49 in 18 months. The fact that the Cricut cake machine is a big failure is due to Provo Craft and how they have delt with the cake world. Not only did they (insert any bad word here) me but they did the same thing to several other poeple in the cake world. I know of several cake supply people who invested thousands of dollars in the cricut cake machine and they have lost their investment. They can't give their machines away! How can a company sell a machine for $49. My guess is Prove Craft is unloading everyone of them. I doubt you will see any further cake products from Provo Craft. This is called Karma and I believe Provo Craft will get theirs in the end.

I am thankful that I discovered the Silhouette. It turned out to be the better machine to use. Combine the Silhouette with Icing Image icing sheets and you have a win-win situation. When I presented my idea to the Silhouette people, I asked them to be up-front and honest with me. If you come on board, fine. If not, just leave me alone and I will continue to develop new applications for cake decorating and the Silhouette. So far, Silhouette has been a good company to deal with, and they have left me alone to come up with new ideas.

If you have a Cricut cake machine, learn how to use it. Remember, I started with a Cricut and created beautiful cakes using the Cricut cartridges.

I thank you too Linda, and am sorry the way you were treated and am glad things are working out better for you now. But calling CCake a failure is calling your own idea a failure, which I don't believe it is. I love my machine! Provo Crafts handling appears to be an issue, but I am grateful for the inventor of this great machine ;-)  and only wish it was $49 when I bought it.

Linda McClure said:

My reply to this post may be viewed as negative, but understand where I am coming from. I invented the Cricut Cake machine, presented the concept to Provo Craft and the entire concept was pirated. This is ancient history as far as I am concerned, but I am patent pending on the whole idea of using electronic cutters for cake decorating. With this being said, ask youself why the Cricut Cake machine went from $400 to $49 in 18 months. The fact that the Cricut cake machine is a big failure is due to Provo Craft and how they have delt with the cake world. Not only did they (insert any bad word here) me but they did the same thing to several other poeple in the cake world. I know of several cake supply people who invested thousands of dollars in the cricut cake machine and they have lost their investment. They can't give their machines away! How can a company sell a machine for $49. My guess is Prove Craft is unloading everyone of them. I doubt you will see any further cake products from Provo Craft. This is called Karma and I believe Provo Craft will get theirs in the end.

I am thankful that I discovered the Silhouette. It turned out to be the better machine to use. Combine the Silhouette with Icing Image icing sheets and you have a win-win situation. When I presented my idea to the Silhouette people, I asked them to be up-front and honest with me. If you come on board, fine. If not, just leave me alone and I will continue to develop new applications for cake decorating and the Silhouette. So far, Silhouette has been a good company to deal with, and they have left me alone to come up with new ideas.

If you have a Cricut cake machine, learn how to use it. Remember, I started with a Cricut and created beautiful cakes using the Cricut cartridges.

Unlike the cricut used for srapbooking, cricut cake has a steeper learning curve. You can't just grab a piece of gumpaste or fondant and run it through the machine like a piece of paper. From what I have been reading on various forums, results can be quite variable depending on the weather, fondant/gumpaste recipe, thickness of fondant/gumpaste, whether you had tea or coffee with a twist of lemon and sang the hallelujah chorus in Swahili!
You can't have a piece of machinery like this that retails for $AUS625 in Australia one year and sell it for $49 the next without wondering what's wrong with it. 

LOL!! It can be a bit fussy..however...unlike paper that is wasted if it's cut wrong, fondant/gumpaste can be re-used.  I've make a couple videos on how I do the gumpaste/fondant, I've gotten to where I can do it right the first time - whaaa hooooo!!

Bettina Dwyer said:

Unlike the cricut used for srapbooking, cricut cake has a steeper learning curve. You can't just grab a piece of gumpaste or fondant and run it through the machine like a piece of paper. From what I have been reading on various forums, results can be quite variable depending on the weather, fondant/gumpaste recipe, thickness of fondant/gumpaste, whether you had tea or coffee with a twist of lemon and sang the hallelujah chorus in Swahili!
You can't have a piece of machinery like this that retails for $AUS625 in Australia one year and sell it for $49 the next without wondering what's wrong with it. 

Im not sure there is anything 'wrong' with it, but it's not as starter friendly as it's shown on the exaggerated infomercial. I think that's why I've seen a lot of complaints and returns.  But once you DO get the hang of it, it's great. There are things I do with a cake I would never attempt without it. There are other tools, cutters, punches etc out there now too, but after buying my CC obviously I'm not interested in buying MORE stuff (sigh). 

Anyway, I didn't mean to start a debate of any kind or such, I just know some people have asked me about it and when I came across this deal I thought it would be nice to share, no sense in paying more than you have to IF someone did decide to get one of these machines. :)

 


Jenifer T said:

LOL!! It can be a bit fussy..however...unlike paper that is wasted if it's cut wrong, fondant/gumpaste can be re-used.  I've make a couple videos on how I do the gumpaste/fondant, I've gotten to where I can do it right the first time - whaaa hooooo!!

Bettina Dwyer said:

Unlike the cricut used for srapbooking, cricut cake has a steeper learning curve. You can't just grab a piece of gumpaste or fondant and run it through the machine like a piece of paper. From what I have been reading on various forums, results can be quite variable depending on the weather, fondant/gumpaste recipe, thickness of fondant/gumpaste, whether you had tea or coffee with a twist of lemon and sang the hallelujah chorus in Swahili!
You can't have a piece of machinery like this that retails for $AUS625 in Australia one year and sell it for $49 the next without wondering what's wrong with it. 

Linda, you should be able to change the housing blade to a paper blade and get the sticky paper mats and you should be able to use it for scrapbooking. It is basically the Expression Machine from what I understand. Try youtube. I've seen instructions how to make a paper machine into a cake machine, so they probably have the reverse too. ;)



Linda Wolff said:

Linda, I really appreciate your input on this. I am so sorry that they did that to you. It seemed like a great concept when it first came out. The cost was astronomical for home bakers, though! Not to mention there was no flexibility to it by not being able to use computer images and such and only being able to use the cartridges. I have been trying to figure out if I can just use mine for paper and scrap booking stuff instead of fondant and gum paste so that it's not a total loss. It taught me a great lesson, and that is not to be so impulsive in my spending and also to do a lot of research before making a purchase such as this one. The cricut was just too frustrating to me for gum paste that I doubt I'll ever use it again for that purpose.


I did not see your post as being negative at all! I saw it as being honest! I like honesty! I wish more people were like that-up front and honest! THANK YOU for that.
Linda McClure said:

My reply to this post may be viewed as negative, but understand where I am coming from. I invented the Cricut Cake machine, presented the concept to Provo Craft and the entire concept was pirated. This is ancient history as far as I am concerned, but I am patent pending on the whole idea of using electronic cutters for cake decorating. With this being said, ask youself why the Cricut Cake machine went from $400 to $49 in 18 months. The fact that the Cricut cake machine is a big failure is due to Provo Craft and how they have delt with the cake world. Not only did they (insert any bad word here) me but they did the same thing to several other poeple in the cake world. I know of several cake supply people who invested thousands of dollars in the cricut cake machine and they have lost their investment. They can't give their machines away! How can a company sell a machine for $49. My guess is Prove Craft is unloading everyone of them. I doubt you will see any further cake products from Provo Craft. This is called Karma and I believe Provo Craft will get theirs in the end.

I am thankful that I discovered the Silhouette. It turned out to be the better machine to use. Combine the Silhouette with Icing Image icing sheets and you have a win-win situation. When I presented my idea to the Silhouette people, I asked them to be up-front and honest with me. If you come on board, fine. If not, just leave me alone and I will continue to develop new applications for cake decorating and the Silhouette. So far, Silhouette has been a good company to deal with, and they have left me alone to come up with new ideas.

If you have a Cricut cake machine, learn how to use it. Remember, I started with a Cricut and created beautiful cakes using the Cricut cartridges.

Meh it's all good Jennifer. I was actually looking at the cricut cake mini but the price for the larger machine was too good to pass up. I have ordered one and  I have my fingers crossed that I'll get the hang of it. Love the idea coz I seem to be forever making custom cutters for various projects which takes a lot of time for a one off piece. This is where I am hoping the cricut will be able to fill this roll.
There are two third party software packages that provocraft have knocked on the head to prevent you using their machine with any clipart/designs you may have. Shame it would have made it more versatile.

 

That's why I prefer the silhouette, you can use third party software for images instead of the expensive cartridges. 

From where can I purchase a Shilhoette machine ? I live in New Zealand, and Only 1 store sells the Cricut Cake, and they are $800 NZD.

I don't know how much $800 NZD are, but I'm guessing a lot. If you want me to help you get one from here, I'd be glad to help. I have a biz and I ship worldwide (often to Australia), so you can buy a machine, ship it to me and I can ship it to you - if you think that would be cheaper.

As far as a Silhouette, I dont know. Did you try a google search, or even ebay?

You will die at this. $800 NZD = $658 US dollars .

You could certainly set up a market ! lol

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