Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cricut Cake Mini- full review

Right out of the box, this machine is a beauty!  The Cricut Cake Mini is the same size and has the same capabilities as the Cricut Create (which is a Cricut Expression in a smaller size).  I bought a gum paste mix from Wilton and followed the instructions on the can and had no problems, except for adding the coloring in without gloves and turning my hands red.

I added my tropical colored (supposed to be pink) gum paste to my lightly greased 6x12 mat

I cut out a flower at various sizes from the Cake Basics cartridge and the machine cut like butter.  Notice how much gum paste I had left over on my mat.  If the images are properly thought out, you can really get a lot of cuts from one 6x12 mat.

I also made green gum paste and cut out swirls at various sizes; however, I did not get pictures of that step.  The machine comes with a brush to clean the rollers and a basket that holds the blade in the dishwasher.  Everything cleaned up really nice and I do not have one bad thing to say about this machine.

Here is where my frustration hit all time highs, the cake baking and the rolling of the fondant.  I started with Duff's cake mix.

Followed the instructions on the box and the whole cake just crumbled into pieces, it was horrible.  Needless to say, I had to start my whole baking process over.  Next, I used Duff's pre colored fondant

This was my first time ever using fondant to cover a cake, so I did not know what to expect.  That fondant was a solid rock when I took it out of the container.  I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds in hopes of making it more flexible.  I kneaded and kneaded and rolled and rolled for a half hour until I had no strength left in my arms. 

Here is how the cake turned out, my Cricut cuts hid the imperfections in my fondant :)

Over the past year, I have watched several You Tube videos of people using their "big" Cricut Cake machines and nobody used their whole mat to make their cuts.  Along with the wasted mat space, the size of the machine, and the price of the machine, it was not worth the purchase.

Provocraft did a good job with the Cricut Cake Mini.  I talked about this machine before I even purchased it and everyone knew that was my only reason to stand in line on that cold Black Friday morning, and I am glad I did.  The Cake Basics cartridge alone is great.  I will use that for both paper crafting and cake decorating.  Did I mention this machine is a beauty?  It looks great on my counter top.

I recently watched a video of Tammy Skinner using her Cricut Cake Mini to make star shaped tortilla chips, I can't wait to try that one.


  1. I just bought one haven't tried it yet but you sure make it sound so easy. Thank ou for sharing. Can't wait to try it now.

  2. i have just purchased the mini and was devastated that i cant use it as it has an american style plug and i dont know if ican get some kind of adapter can anyon help please