How the Cricut Cake Machine is Different from the Cricut Expression

Last night I posted that Provo Craft is coming out with a new machine specifically for cutting Gum Paste (and other thin edible material) for decorating cakes and any other item you would like to cover with edible things.  I have learned some things about it and wanted to share them with you.  :D

All About The Cricut Cake:

*Expected availability date Mid-April 2010*

The Cricut Cake looks just like my Red Cricut Expression
but has these differences:

  • Stainless Steel Dials
  • I believe that where mine has silver colored sides, the Cake is Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Carriage (square that holds the cradle which holds the blade)
  • The Blade is thicker and taller than the Deep Cut Blade
  • Blade Assembly (holds the blade) has a cover on it so no food can get inside it
  • Stainless Steel “Food Safe” Blade (not sure how different that is from the regular one)
  • Under the Roller Bar there is a food safe cover that levels that space out so no food can get stuck in there
  • Every part that touches food is food safe and approved for food use
  • Food Safe Silicone covers protect the keypad, buttons and screen on top
  • Food Safe Silicone cover/skirt protects the cartridge area too
  • All Cricut Cartridges work with the Cricut Cake
  • It will come with a Cake Cartridge
  • More Cake Design Specific Cartridges will be released
  • New Mat without Adhesive Made from food grade material will allow Crisco or Vegetable Shortening to be put on it.  That’s what sticks thin, edible materials down to the mat.

Wanna Hear the BEST NEWS?!!

  • All the parts and pieces will be available separately on Cricut.com

OH MY GOODNESS!!  THAT ROCKS!!  YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?

We can buy those pieces and almost completely turn our Cricut Expressions into the Cricut Cake.  Uh-huh…not exactly, but REALLY CLOSE.

Now that IS EXCITING!!!  Also, the Cricut Cake Retails for $349-399.

Here are some more views of the machine and the cartridge!

Well, what do you think? :D

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Comments

  1. 1

    Marym says

    This would be great if you could buy separate parts for the expression you already have! I love to decorate cakes but don’t do enough to justify buying a whole new machine, lol. Mary M
    http//:Mary-Fortheloveofart.blogspot.com

    • 3

      says

      Hey Janessa,
      Yes, they say that all carts will work with the Cake. I would also assume we could use the Cake cart in the Expression too. I’m eager to see just what is on that Cake cartridge. ;)
      ~Joy~

  2. 5

    teetle81 says

    I’ve read that you wouldn’t want to use your cricut expression to cut food stuff though unless you aren’t going to be using paper in it again. Most people that I’ve read that have been using their expression for cake, have it dedicated to just food use.

    I saw a pic somewhere with samples of the cake cartridge. Lemme see if I can find it

  3. 6

    Marty says

    I’m excited! I’ve decorated cakes for years and can see lots of possibilities with this. I know some already cut fondant with their E but I just didn’t like the idea of gumming mine up. I think I’ll wait and see what problems arise before I invest as I’m still learning to use my Gypsy and work it’s bugs out. Thanks for the info & I’ve added your blog to my list

  4. 7

    cbeautifullone says

    I have a friend that loves makin cakes she has a partial business, so this will come in real handy for her. thanks provo craft.

  5. 8

    sheilakj99 says

    Joy, hope you don’t mind, but i loved your review of the cricut vs the cake, I shared it on QVC’s blog, giving you full credit of course. Great review.

    • 11

      says

      Karyee,
      I believe you can use the Cake to cut paper, but I have not tried it. ;) I have a red Cricut Expression that looks like a cake…but no Cake…yet. ;)
      ~Joy~