Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I have this friend. My friend loves cupcakes. I mean, really loves cupcakes. Her name is Julie. I like to call her Cupcake Julie. She doesn’t know that though. Well, maybe now she does. When she invited me to her Christmas Party this year, I was really excited because I knew she would have some sweet decorations. But, never… never did I expect to see such a visual delight. Let’s just say, when I walked in… I felt right at home… and I didn’t want to leave… ever. Each room was filled with candy and sweets and yes, cupcakes! And I’m not just talking about what there was to eat. I’m talking about the decorations. Here are some of the pictures I took … in low light. Sorry, they don’t come close to doing the decorations justice, but they’ll give you a good idea.


This is Julie’s tree. It is stunning. And it’s guarded by her very own Colonel Cupcake. I think I’m in love.


Another view. I think I want to cry. This is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.


Until I saw this. This is her dessert table. It’s gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! She made lots and lots of sweets.


Including cake pops! Oh yeah – one tiny little detail. She also made the house.


She needed a little something to serve her brownies on. She’s crafty like that.


Stunning! Lollipops and cupcakes and candy canes and all. She did all of the decorating down to every last detail.

Julie’s collected many of these decorations over the years, but she also makes a lot of them.


She made these stockings, too.


I don’t think she made this. But seriously, where does someone find sugar cone castles?


And chocolate covered strawberries…


…and sparkling chocolate cake ornaments? She will be getting a full interrogation soon.


Look at these Gingerbread men! Ummm… she made them, too. They were shipping boxes in their former lives. They are much happier now.


I love the colors. So cheerful and fun and the inspiration for the cupcakes I made last weekend.


This was a sweet surprise. She also has a Lollidoll figurine like the one I have from the Lollipop Workshop.


She even has some Jenny Holiday artwork. Okay, now I’m going to have to get one of these paintings, too. I’ve been trying to resist, but no longer.

Having fun yet?

Well, prepare yourself for this.

Julie has a miniature play cupcake bakery.


It’s completely as cute as it looks. Get this… Julie and her husband made it. The stand, the awning, everything.

And Julie made all of the cupcakes on display, too. They are made of felt and they are beautiful.

Right about here, I started to feel like a real slacker. I mean seriously. I’ve got to learn how to sew or something.


Sugar cookies and cakes… oh my.

By the way. Julie doesn’t do any of this for a living. Not a bit. Her day job is the complete opposite of her passion.

She does all of this for fun and because she really loves cupcakes and making people smile. She’s the sweetest.


In front of the bakery is the cutest little table with wood block ice cream sundaes. I’m definitely shopping in the wrong places.

Okay, just a few more decorations. The sugar coma will be over soon, I promise.


In her kitchen is a display of glass jars filled with the brightest candies.


I think this made me smile the biggest… The jars and the candy stay on display all year long. That just makes me happy.

Here’s something else that makes me happy.


See this toy soldier nutcracker guy?

Well, he’s really tall.

And he’s not alone… there’s two of them.


They guard the outside of the house. And, ummmm… she and her hubby made them, too…from scratch.

They’re not quite done yet. The hats will be finished off … as cupcakes no less – and they’ll either be holding candy canes or lollipops. Love that!

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I just had to share. I love learning about people’s untapped talents and Julie has many of them.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make a two-story toy soldier. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks or ten.

NOTE: A lot of you have asked if Julie has a blog. I’m sorry to say, no she doesn’t. And no etsy store either. I told ya … she really just does this kind of stuff because she loves it. But, maybe I can convince her to show us a few things in the future. I’ll work on her.

Heather Pregony said...

Wow!! That is AMAZING!! I would have loved to have seen it in person. She is so talented. Thanks for sharing!

December 27, 2009 04:36 PM
Tiffany said...

Wow, seriously that house is amazing! I love the cupcakes inspired by it as well. Add my vote for Candyland lady to start a blog.

December 27, 2009 06:32 PM
bek said...

holy crow. I would pay to see this display. It’s absolutely charming

December 27, 2009 06:54 PM
Nancy Hood said...

This was truly a visual treat tonight! Thanks for sharing!!

December 27, 2009 08:58 PM
Jen said...

I hope and pray my home looks like this one day!!

December 27, 2009 10:07 PM
Stacey N. said...

Everything looks so amazing! You must have had a great time!

December 27, 2009 10:52 PM
Little Birdie Secrets said...


December 28, 2009 12:25 AM
mary jo said...

Insane! It’s like sugar heaven! I’m in love!


December 28, 2009 12:47 AM
itskaye said...

OMG. Your friend is crazy! Those are amazing.

December 28, 2009 01:25 AM
Glory said...

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!!!! I think I would cry in a house like that.. partly out of joy, and partly out of envy, I want it all!!
What a gift to have such a special friend! And I really love that she doesn’t have a store, or blog, or anything… that show’s that it really just flows out of love (ok, and a bit of obsession!).

Thanks SO much for sharing her home with us!! And yes, please bug her relentlasly for her to share a craft with us, or a list of her more recent purchases and their source!

December 28, 2009 01:34 AM
Janice said...

I bet Julie is a dentist, isn’t she? hehehe…that would be the complete OPPOSITE of her passions!!

December 28, 2009 03:21 AM
TXMOMMY said...

that is the most wonderful thing I have ever seen. Delightful!!!! Can I put one picture on my blog and link it here so others can see? I will give full credit to you.

December 28, 2009 08:57 AM
Lori Martin said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! My heart started racing with the first picture. This is true foodie art!!! If she was selling tickets I would be in line…and I am in Ontario, Canada!!! BRAVO!! I need to make more seeking shopping trips to the USA to seek out some of this stuff or GOOGLE directions to make it…she should definitely start an on line course starting now so we can all get ready for next Christmas! Julie and your husband you have outdone yourselves and our imagination.

December 28, 2009 08:59 AM
Mandi Briggs said...

Those decorations are gorgeous! I’m inspired. And now I have 361 days to complete some of these fun decorations!

December 28, 2009 09:39 AM
ang said...

and i thought i was a christmas elf…

wow. what a gal- and a husband to match!!

December 28, 2009 10:11 AM
Sherry K said...


December 28, 2009 10:14 AM
Dana said...

Oh My Goodness! That is all so awesome! I wish I had that much talent! Thank you so much for sharing!

December 28, 2009 11:13 AM
Maria said...

Can you say “Griswold”????

December 28, 2009 11:34 AM
Keri said...

Hole- eee crap. Can we be best friends, please.

December 28, 2009 02:30 PM
Raquel said...

Pardon my French but holy shit! Can she adopt me!?

December 28, 2009 03:01 PM
Anonymous said...

Hello! What an amazing friend! Truly a testiment to when someone loves something. Could you pester her about where she got the wooden sundaes? My kids would love them! And maybe the patterns for the cupcakes? I would happily pay to contribute to her passion.


December 28, 2009 03:08 PM
Drew said...

I am lucky to have Cupcake Julie as one of my very dearest friends in the whole world and these pictures don’t even begin to describe the breadth of her amazing talent and creativity. I am constantly in awe of the things she is able to design and create. Hopefully she will find the additional time to create a blog and share some of her many other creations with those of you here that can also appreciate her amazing talent and ability! Her house looks every bit as amazing during Easter and Halloween as it does during Christmas!!!

December 28, 2009 03:14 PM
Katie said...

Oh. my. gosh. This is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen. She is so ridiculously talented. I want to be her friend too!

{Hope you had a very, Merry Christmas!}

December 28, 2009 03:28 PM
Desirae said...

All I can say is WOW! It’s all so amazing!!

December 28, 2009 04:31 PM
Amie said...

I want to be her when I grow up!!! I wish I could have a private tour. What a creative genius!

December 28, 2009 04:43 PM
Lindsay said...

wow. i love it of course.. but how did she get her Christmas tree to light up from within like that? its gorgeous!! i mean you dont see a single light bulb.. just the all-around glow of it all!! This lady skimped on nothing!!!.. wow..just wow..

December 28, 2009 05:07 PM
Robyn said...

How in the world did she make the soldier with a cupcake on it’s head by the tree? That is amazing! Is it out of wood?

December 28, 2009 05:08 PM
Heidi in NYC said...


December 28, 2009 05:57 PM
Jennifer Hogan said...

Holy Cow! Those. pictures. are. STUNNING! Why don’t I ever get invited to parties like that?
Thank you for sharing so I can covet. I mean…. live vicariously through you and your friend! Love ya!

December 28, 2009 07:11 PM
Angela said...

That has to be one of the bests posts I have ever seen! That was very nice of her to let you take pictures of her lovely home and decorations! I’m in love!

December 28, 2009 07:12 PM
amy said...

simply wow! that def. inspired me ( :

December 28, 2009 07:34 PM
Molly said...

Wow beautiful. My daughters would be in heaven. What wonderful work your friend and her husband have done. Sweet! LOL.

December 28, 2009 07:38 PM
Jennifer said...

My mouth is still wide open. That is amazing.
How could she possibly have a blog as she is too busy making such a beautiful Winter Wonderland. I could not have those jars in my home year round that is for sure.
Please keep us up to date on her terrific creations.

December 28, 2009 08:05 PM
Pro-Portional Designs said...


I love it and am jealous I don’t personally know this woman for so many reason.

I am completely obsessed with the lollipop decorations though. I’d love to know how she made them.

December 28, 2009 08:53 PM
Lori said...

OMG! Superdelicious! She NEEDS to open an Etsy, VERY,VERY SOON!!!!!!! Lori

December 28, 2009 09:53 PM
michelle said...

I would love to know how they made the nutcrackers. They are incredible! Thank you so much for sharing their talent. I’ve been a fan of your talent for a while.

December 28, 2009 10:44 PM
Kori said...

Gorgeous!! But now I feel like the ultimate slacker :)

December 28, 2009 10:46 PM
kath said...

Wow! That is absolutely amazing! Beautiful photos too! What a fun place to play with a camera!

December 28, 2009 10:47 PM
Cyndy said...

I’m inspired! For the last few years I have been doing less and less and less. When I saw Cupcake Julie’s Christmas I looked around my home and was sad. But I swore I wouldn’t feel the same next year. Thanks CJ I needed that shot in the arm.

December 28, 2009 11:48 PM
katie said...

**thud** holy. shneikies.

December 29, 2009 12:29 AM


December 29, 2009 02:16 AM
shalum said...

amazing!!! stunning. sugar love!

December 29, 2009 03:10 AM
Smita said...

Gosh!! I am sinking lower and lower on my seat…. I have no words to tell you how wonderful Julie’s creations and decorations are!!! And she has no blog?!!? Sad! Wonder how you managed to get back home in full sanity after seeing all this!! Lovely!!

Hugs from across the oceans to you and Julie,

December 29, 2009 05:23 AM
BNDQ8 said...

wow!! amazing…no words.. i wish i was there to see it…beautiful…
Merry chistmas and a very happy new year to u :)

December 29, 2009 07:50 AM
Allison said...

WOW! now I feel like a real grinch!! We didn’t even put up a tree this year! Love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

December 29, 2009 08:16 AM
helen said...

i have no words this it TOTALLY amazing i am in love. This is so my dream come true thank you so much for sharing so many great ideas with me THANK YOU THANK YOU

December 29, 2009 10:18 AM
Tatjana said...

Holy awesome amazingness!!!!!!!! I think I absolutely love the talent she has!!!

December 29, 2009 10:27 AM
Leanne said...

OMG. I think this is what heaven looks like. And who wouldn’t want a name like Cupcake Julie!!! Cupcake Julie and Bakerella – a force to be reckoned with!! This kind of spirit and imagination is just beyond comprehension. What an inspiration. I think an awesome prize would be to take someone with you to her party next year!!!!!

December 29, 2009 10:44 AM
slammie said...

Holy moly! That was amazing!!!!

December 29, 2009 12:15 PM
Teresa said...

Okay, you run with some seriously TALENTED people! You’re so lucky!!! I am speechless at the imagination & creation of all of these decorations. It’s so whimsical – I love it! You need to go photograph EVERYTHING for us to see, because we’re now drooling over it all. Julie, PLEASE consider starting a blog, making patterns for everything so we can recreate in our own homes (I’ll be a paying customer). I’m already trying to figure out how I can make the nutcrackers & all of the felt sweets. This is the most NICELY decked out home that I’ve seen! I hope you’ll post photos for the next holiday. Bakerella, I love you!!! Happy 2010!

December 29, 2009 12:31 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

This is so absolutely amazing! I have to start working now so my house can be nearly as cute next Christmas. Tell Cupcake Julie she is really talented!

December 29, 2009 12:54 PM
Vanina said...

Thanks for sharing.
And Julie… you are … you are incredible.
Congrats, congrats, congrats!

December 29, 2009 01:42 PM
Lisa Arcand-Kayfish said...

That is insanely wonderful and whimiscal!

December 29, 2009 02:03 PM
Jennifer said...

OMG! So in love- those pics are such a treat!
What a talented woman- she should definitely have a blog to showcase her talent.
I probablly can’t come up with 90% of that stuff, but I feel like next Xmas, I need a dollhouse to serve my brownies in it.

December 29, 2009 02:11 PM
Erin said...

now that is a WONDERLAND =D

December 29, 2009 02:19 PM
Renee said...

Oh, wow!! I am in awe…what gorgeous eye candy ;o)

December 29, 2009 02:58 PM
Dawn said...

Oh my. I want to be her best friend! And yours too, Bakerella. Please? :) SO MUCH for me to learn!

December 29, 2009 03:00 PM
Laura Beth said...

:( )___ DROOL…. I am artistic and neeeeed to make one of those cupcake stores for my room. Thank you for the inspiration.

December 29, 2009 03:43 PM
Kay said...

If you don’t take pictures again next year, I will be in mourning. What amazing ideas for future birthday parties! I’ve already bookmarked it.

December 29, 2009 03:48 PM
Andrea in Austin said...

WOW! We celebrate Hanukkah, but this made me want to decorate my house like that! It’s incredible!!!!

December 29, 2009 04:04 PM
Jessica said...

WOW!!!!! Seriously….wow. That is amazing.

December 29, 2009 04:53 PM
Kristy said...

Can Julie be my friend too???

December 29, 2009 09:22 PM
Holly J said...

Please, oh PLEASE ask her for a few tips on how to make those fabulous gigantic nutcrackers!!!! What are they made of? I want to try to do some!!!! Could you “sweet” talk her into giving tips with some cake pops? :o)

December 29, 2009 09:30 PM
Shirley said...

I think my mouth has frozen in the open (Oh My Gosh) position! I am too stunned to know what to say! Thank you so much for sharing your pics!

December 29, 2009 10:09 PM
jenni said...

oh my cupcake!!!

December 30, 2009 12:24 AM
mireia said...

it’s so cool!

December 30, 2009 03:59 AM
Vera said...

oh WOW. I’d love to say more, but really, WOW. :)

December 30, 2009 05:41 AM
Patty said...

that is the best bit of food porn I’ve seen in a long time..I think I may want to die there….

December 30, 2009 10:22 AM
Katy said...

Holy wow. That is incredible. Every picture is a little square of joyful awesomeness. That play bakery stand? Amazing! I am blown away by everything and I may actually pass out from cuteness.

I must say though, those two giant nutcrackers are kind of scary. The fact that they made them from scratch though…. I can hardly believe it. I am tempted to be mean and send that photo to my mom because she hates nutcrackers, she thinks they are really creepy. The blow is softened in this case because they are nestled amongst the uber cuteness.

December 30, 2009 11:38 AM
Anonymous said...

HOLY COW!! I sat here for a long time just in awe of the pictures. Looking, looking and looking. Speechless and just staring. Does she know how FREAKING AMAZING SHE IS??!!!

Any chance she will share what the nutcrackers are made from???

December 30, 2009 11:56 AM
Liz said...

This is AMAZING!! So beautiful and Sweet and yummy and delicious!

A True ispiration I will start with a table of candy jars!!

December 30, 2009 12:09 PM
yamel said...

all i could say OMG!!!! she must have alot of money cuz all that look soooooo expensive and sooo awsome… tell her she rocked best decorations of this yeari have seen.

December 30, 2009 01:55 PM
Lorraine said...

S—W—-E—E—T! So inspiring!

December 30, 2009 04:28 PM
Eden said...

I have that strawberry chocolate covered ornament! I got it at Hobby Lobby! :)

December 30, 2009 04:54 PM
Angel/TaDa! Creations said...

Oh. My. Goodness!!!!

I want to know where she shops. And I want to see her whole house. Please, please, please tell her she needs to start a blog. ASAP!!!

December 30, 2009 05:09 PM
Weena said...

oh. my. gosh. AMAZING!!!! It was like a cupcake/candy wonderland!!!

Tell your friend to do a how to blog just for the prep of this party!!! It is breathtaking! Like a dream!

December 30, 2009 07:46 PM
happy zombie said...


December 30, 2009 08:16 PM
Jessica/littlepumpkingrace said...

OK, I’ve got my bags packed and I want to move in her house! He, he, he – seriously she has some amazing talent. I would love to see more! I chair an annual fundraiser for an organization that helps abused children and the theme is “gingerbread house”. I’m so using her eye candy for an inspiration board for next year’s fundraiser! Thanks!!!

December 30, 2009 11:01 PM
michelle said...

oh. my. gosh. This is unbelievable!!! All of it.

December 30, 2009 11:42 PM
YADIRAMAMA29 said...

ITS LIKE A DREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 31, 2009 01:01 AM
Ronda said...

Your friend is amazing, talented, and quite possibly on speed. LOVE IT but now I’m wondering how she decorates for VALENTINE’S DAY…

December 31, 2009 01:03 AM
Debbie said...

How incredible is that!! Like something out of a story :-) I wish she had an on-line shop…I’d be a regular customer!!

December 31, 2009 05:04 AM
Paige said...

That is totally stunning!
She and her husband have so much talent!
I am jealous on the highest level (;

December 31, 2009 10:06 AM
katie said...

those delicious ornaments are from Sur La Table…. you can find them online and in stores. My brother works there so you can guess what I got for christmas :)

December 31, 2009 01:56 PM
MelissaD said...

Wow – I’m truly impressed! Your friend and her husband are amazing!
By the way, I found some sweet treat ornaments for you if you feel the need to add some to your tree next year :)

I visited this store when I was on a business trip to Michigan and it is HUGE – after several hours I know I still hadn’t seen everything they have to offer!
Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009 02:02 PM
Christina said...

Wow! I am on a suger high just looking at all of the wonderful goodies….Amazing display!!! What fun and it puts a smile on everyone’s face who is able to view this treat! Your friend should have a blog, and an etsy store, and go with her passion. What a delight to see. Thank you so much for sharing!

December 31, 2009 02:25 PM
Lisa said...

Wow! Some magazine needs to do an issue featuring this house. It is the happiest place (for Christmas) on earth!!!
Tell her she needs to start a blog right away! ( I am sure she has a lot of free time lol!) Thank you both for sharing!!!!

January 1, 2010 09:03 AM
Deborah said...

What in the world was I looking at? It’s sprectacular!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought I was in a bakery someplace and to think she made all these things that look real and leaves many of them up AND has the room to make and display such things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really gorgeous. Very talented and makes me feel lazy and boring!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Great work and thanks for sharing it miss Bakey!

January 1, 2010 09:53 AM
kpy said...

Good gosh…ohmygosh!!! That is seriously amazing…she and her husband are amazing!!! You make me wanna tour the place lol and all that sugar…yum! Where does she find the time to do all that?? Thanks for sharing this with us!

January 1, 2010 11:23 AM
sumaya said...

is this heaven or what???
i had great time reading it,,,thanx :)

January 1, 2010 02:43 PM
Brooke said...

I am in complete shock! SHE IS AMAAAA-ZAAA-ZING!! Really, who thinks of stuff like that? Those little felt cookies are so cute I could eat them (well, come really close to eating them) and those nutcrackers, FROM SCRATCH!? oh myyyyy, if I only had her imagination, the things I would do! You should start that interegation ASAP, and then take pictures of all her other adorable creations!

January 1, 2010 04:02 PM
Tassy said...

Oh my Gosh! Thank you so much for sharing this delight with us! I just couldnt stop looking and admiring these and how lucky are you that you have been there!
Happy new year!

January 1, 2010 08:20 PM
Melissa said...

Holy Cow!! Now that is my idea of a sugar wonderland!

January 1, 2010 09:54 PM
Pam said...

I was away for a couple of weeks and look what I missed! How did you ever leave this candy wonderland when the party was over? The cutest ever!! (Especially ‘cuz her hubby likes to do this kind of stuff with her. I mean really, did she bake him up in her kitchen or sumpin’?)

Happy New Year Bakerella! So happy I happened upon your site this year!

January 1, 2010 10:10 PM
Terisa said...

This is absolutely adorable!!! I LOVE IT!!! I would love to do something like this for my little girls’ birthdays. Cupcakes and Lollipops.

January 2, 2010 12:49 AM
Domestica said...

Oh my goodness, it is like a child’s sugar filled dream come true! So many fabulous details.

January 2, 2010 01:00 AM
Gina said...

Holy. Flippin’. Cow!!!!!! I am sitting here with my jaw on my chest. Stunning. Absolutely, positively STUNNING! Wow! And the nutcrackers outside?! Over the top!!! Scooooooore! Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! So in awe!

January 2, 2010 01:05 AM
Dana said...

I also have a sweets themed Christmas tree:

But Julie is over the top!! very cool and thanks for sharing.

January 2, 2010 01:19 AM
Vellum said...

I feel so inadequate. So happily, squishily inadequate looking all this. How adorable!

January 2, 2010 06:11 AM
keri said...

holy.moly!!!!!!! that looked to beautiful to eat. cupcake julie- you are amazing!

thanks for sharing bakerella.

January 2, 2010 09:05 AM
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