Let me first preface this by saying that I am a lover of all things Cricut and before I started back to school I really was a scrapbooking diva. The day I got my Cricut Expression I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.
Today, while yarn shopping at my local Michaels, I saw the neatest thing, the Cricut Cake. This nifty little (well not so little)machine does the same thing that a regular Cricut die cutting machine does, but with frosting instead of paper.
Genius, right? I am also a lover of all things cake. It is a great idea but after I thought about it for a little while I decided it is not for me. Yes, I could make the perfect cake and wow friends and family at birthday parties but the machine takes something critical away from a painstakingly made confection.
Cake decorating, in my opinion is truly an art form. I love watching the cake challenges on Food Network. Duff is amazing, not to mention kinda hot. I am always amazed at the incredible cakes these pro decorators come up with. My hat goes off these masters of confectioneries.
I feel like this machine takes away from the creativity and artistic expertise that goes into these cakes. In my little experience decorating cakes I have found half the battle is in figuring out ways to create the little touches that make the cake pop. The Cricut Cake would significantly decrease my struggle but I feel my struggles are what make the cake special. The struggle later results in the WOW! factor.
It's like having a hand beaded wedding gown verses a mass produced dress. Yes, they both are beautiful but there is something genuinely special about that hand beaded gown.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I wish we would spend more time learning an art form rather than using machines to mass produce generic art. It's the heart that goes into creating a masterpiece that makes it special.
So, to those who hand decorate beautiful cakes, your fondant flowers may not be cookie cutter perfect, but you still get a big WOW! from me for the wondrous creations you put forth.
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