I've recently purchased a Canon Pixma iP7250, in part because of its CD printing capabilities. Overall I'm pleased with it, but like you, I've found the included software (Easy-PhotoPrint EX) for CD printing to be unintuitive and inflexible - the Easy bit must be someone's idea of a joke. However, the printer itself has no screen, so at least I'm spared the pain of trying to work through that straitjacket. You have my sympathy!
I noted your reference to CDLabelPrint, and wondered whether it might help overcome the limitations of the above software for my situation. It is not included in the rather old compatibility listing, but I also found this link http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1303425
which might be worth a try. I'd be interested to know if you do try it and what results you get.