Cake Design--Yes, Another Cricut Post

Okay, I said that I was done with this topic, but I lied... I got into an online conversation with Tobias Wilhelm from Cutting Edge Cake Art, during which I told him that the recipe they were using for Cricut gumpaste was a lot different than my usual recipe. He thought that I might not have kneaded it enough in order to get the air out of it before I used it, but the ingredients in the two recipes are really different. Their recipe ends up being a lot more marshmallowy than mine, and it's noticeably wetter and springier.

I sent him my recipe so that he could look at it, and I decided to do another comparison of the two in my own machine. I made the gumpaste this morning and let it rest for about 8 hours. that's enough time to have it harden up, but it's was still soft enough to roll out very thin on the mat.


Here's another tip: To remove the adhesive on the cutting mat, just put a layer of shortening on the mat and let it sit. After about half an hour the adhesive scrapes right off with no effort or chemicals needed. I discovered this by accident, oops.


Back to the topic at hand...I rolled the gumpaste out directly on a slightly crisco-ed mat, and it ended up being thin enough to see the lines on the mat through. (Note the thickness of the coins, just for comparison's sake.)


The third photo shows how smoooooth my gumpaste recipe is. Something that I noticed about Tobias's recipe was the texture, which never really got completely smooth. When I use it in the next test, I'll knead it for a long time to get as much air out as I can, but I think that mine will still be smoother. Ah, like a lovely sheet of glass...



I had to let it dry out a looong time because the gumpaste was freshly made, and I probably could have let it go longer. It was cutting best after drying for over an hour, and it was ripping a little after 45 minutes, so you do have to make sure it's dry enough.


I did the butterfly on the needle depth notch between 4 and 5 (I don't know if there's technically a 4.5), and minimums on both speed and pressure. It didn't cut completely through, but when I increased the pressure it pulled a little. I had more success with an increased needle depth and the lowest pressure and speed. For my gumpaste the best results were with a needle depth of 5 and minimum speed and pressure.


I'll try to do run through the machine tomorrow with the other recipe, and see how the other gumpaste compares setting-wise. And I promise to try to get it as smooth as I can before I use it, Tobias...


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com