Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Pie Dough with Cricut Cake

Cutting pie dough with Cricut Cake is super fun, and while Canadian Thanksgiving has just passed, our US neighbors are on the verge of celebrating. Not to mention of course, that pie is good ANY time of year!

Just call me a turkey! 
Since the first day that I opened the box for my Cricut Cake, I have been wanting to put a turkey on a Thanksgiving pie, so FINALLY, this was my big chance! I did quite a bit of experimenting with how the pie dough would cook on the deep dish pies, whether to sugar my dough or brush it with egg or milk, and how to get the perfect final look. We had a houseful for Thanksgiving dinner and so I did about 4 pies, which also pretty much ensured that I could eat an entire one myself!!lol YUM! 

Cutting Mr. Turkey from the Animal Kingdom Cartridge!
I also did some greetings from the Designer's Calendar Cartridge and LOTS of leaves.

Even though I broke this turkey when I put it on the pie, it still cooked nicely! 
The saddest thing about making these Thanksgiving pies is that they were all EATEN before I had a chance to take pictures of them! The best pies that I did were the ones that I put leaves around the edges before the cooking process, and added the center greeting after about 15 minutes of cooking. I think that if you weren't doing a deep dish pie, the pre-cooking wouldn't be necessary. I was happy with ALL of the pies though and everyone seemed impressed?!

Here is the whole rolling and cutting process to get you started and ensure that you are successful cutting your pie dough!

My top tips for cutting pretty much anything on Cricut Cake:

    1. Make sure you roll super thin!! This goes for cutting anything on Cricut Cake! If your knife is dragging and you aren't getting a clean cut, you need to roll thinner... whether it's dough, fondant, gum paste or whatever!! 

    2. The freezer is your friend! I always freeze before I cut. Again, this applies to dough, fondant and/or gum paste. 

    3. Slow down your cutting process and ease up on your pressure. Both my pressure and speed are set to medium when I use Cricut Cake. 

    4. Cut complicated images at a minimum of 3 inches. Because you are using a more fragile medium, remember that there are a few more limitations. Definitely TRY to cut tiny objects, but if you are having trouble, try increasing your size. 

    5. After you have cut your image successfully, either freeze it or let the substance that you've cut set for a bit before trying to place it on your pie or cake. If I am doing pie dough, I freeze again before I transfer my cut image. Likewise, if I have cut gum paste or fondant, I allow my cut images to sit for a bit so that they are slightly stiffer (dried) before I place them. This step makes handling the images without distorting them MUCH more successful! 

NEXT PIE PROJECT??? Christmas butter tarts with little trees on them!! OH! Or maybe holly leaves?! Yummy yum yum!! 


  1. Heather!! Your super-creativity continues to amaze me still, even after all of these years! Your pie turned out amazing and looks so good! I can see that Cricut Cake will lend itself to many fun projects. Awesome work!

    Cindy Schow