Months ago I read TONS of blogs and watched a lot of You Tube videos on tips and tricks to using the cricut cake machine. You CAN'T expect to pull this thing out of the box and use it with success. Just like any new machine, it takes practice. There still are times some of my cuts don't come out well. I end up rolling the fondant out and trying again with a larger image.
Also, I'm not sure how anyone uses this machine without a gypsy. I know exactly where to roll my fondant at and I don't waste my dye, fondant or time. Another tip, make sure you have more than 1 mat. It makes the process go much faster. I'm due to buy new mats, the machine (regardless of the pressure setting) really cut into the mats. It leaves imprints on the back of your cut product.
|Make sure you have everything you may need out and within arms reach.|
|Brush Crisco on your mat, thin! I'm actually going to try cake release my next time around to see if it will release my cut items easier|
Take your prepared fondant (I use Buttercream MMF ) and color it, then roll it thin enough you can see the lines of the mat through it. This is the tricky part! Roll it too thin and it sticks after cutting making it impossible to get off the mat. Roll it too thick and it will drag and bunch as the machine cuts it. I had to practice this many, many times to get it right.
|This is my fully prepared mat ready to cut. I find that if you give it 10-15min of air to "harden" prior to cutting it cuts cleaner.|
|Starting my cuts|
|My finished creations|