Monday, December 20, 2010

Sweet Soldiers


My friend Cupcake Julie had her Christmas party this past weekend.

You may remember her gorgeous sugar-themed decorations.


Stuff like this.

(Here’s the post from last year if you want to see visions of sugar plums dancing in your head for the next few days. Make sure you check out the kids play bakery, too. It’s incredible.)

It’s hard to imagine, but this year was even more beautiful than last.


Colonel Cupcake was there again this year.


And so was this guy.


And this one.


And this little one. These guys were all over the place.

You may also remember seeing them from the Toronto Book Signing Post.

Teatro Verde is the only store I’ve actually seen them sold in. It made me happy to see them on display.

Anyway, I love ‘em. So festive and sweet.

As a surprise for Julie, I made a few cake pops inspired by them to bring to the party.

Wanna see?


Cupcake Nutcracker guys.

She squealed. I smiled.

They’re double decker cake pops, too. Tricky and a little over the top, but I couldn’t resist.

I also made some Christmas Tree cake pops.


Much easier. But instead of doing them in green, I kept them in her holiday color scheme.

I really like them like this.

Speaking of trees, Julie’s party decorations this year also included two new ones.


This cheerful pink one covered in snowmen.


And this whimsical upside down tree.

Amazing, huh.


But that’s Julie.


Here’s her dessert table. Filled with tons of treats.


Cookies and candy.


Cake Pops, of course.


Mini cupcakes from Crumb in New York.


Macarons and much, much more.


Completely lovely. I wish you could have been there with me.

But since you weren’t … how about a couple of cute guys to keep you company?


I just so happen to know of two that are about ten inches tall.

I thought I’d part with these to share them with one of you.

Enter for a chance to win these two sweet soldiers.

  • Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite thing to eat on Christmas. Real food this time. Something non-sweet. I was on sugar overload this weekend and I need some ideas. I know you guys will have some great ones.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm ET. TIME’S UP. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

P.S. – If you know another store that sells them too, I’d love to hear.

Good Luck!

And the winner is………

Nutcracker-winnerYAY Amanda V! Hope you will enjoy them.

Mary said...

My favorite foods to eat on Christmas are my grandfather’s infamous onion dip with chips and my mom’s Waldorf salad. Both of these treats are only eaten during the holidays in our family, which makes them a special treat for us.

December 20, 2010 01:26 AM
Czianya C. said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas are “Tortas Ahogadas” They are like turkey sandwiches with bunch of veggies drenched in turkey juice, they are sooooooooooo good!

December 20, 2010 01:26 AM
Shar said...

Tacos! Something about eating so much sugar in December just makes me want to eat Mexican food!

December 20, 2010 01:27 AM
Kirsten said...

When I’m with my parents, my step-dad roasts an amazing prime rib. This year I’m looking forward to the beef and some garlicky smashed potatoes.

December 20, 2010 01:27 AM
Nikki Decker said...

Broccoli cheese rice casserole! So bad for the hips, but that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for, right?

December 20, 2010 01:27 AM
Laura Shepherd said...

I KNOW!! I’ve been on sugar overload for two weeks!! I made Christmas tree Cake Pops for everyone in my office. Then I made your easy Peanut Butter cookies last week for a Cookie Exchange party! OH MY GOODNESS! This is bad! I don’t feel like ever looking at a cookie again! What I’m looking forward then is some good rotisserie chicken and some green bean casserole! Savory!

December 20, 2010 01:27 AM
Kristy Hannan said...

My favourite is all the beautiful stone fruit that’s in season this time of year! It’s fresh!!! incredibly yummy and fruit is always good for you ;)

December 20, 2010 01:28 AM
kimberley said...

Cheese Logs!!!1

December 20, 2010 01:28 AM
Perkies said...

Non-sweet?? Broccoli Rice and cheese casserole… but my real fav is the sweet potato casserole covered with the pecan brown sugar butter topping!!

December 20, 2010 01:28 AM
kristen said...

My 4 year old son started his own nutcracker collection, this would for sure be the crowning star! :) We love prime rib, ooh, yummy. And my husband makes the best sweet and savory rub for the outside crust, which we all know is the best part..right?

December 20, 2010 01:28 AM
EliNicole said...

My fav food is my mom stuffin cooked in wine for extra flavor!

December 20, 2010 01:28 AM
Brittney Crabtree said...

On Christmas Eve, we do an hors d’oeuvres dinner. All finger foods and tons of them. We stuff ourselves silly and have a great time. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
1LuvnMama said...

Our tradition and the thing we like to eat on Christmas morning is blueberry pancakes! :)

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Sunny said...

Steak!! :D

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Carla said...

My favorite Christmas food is a Honey Baked Ham! I can’t wait. :)

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Jen P said...

Chex Mix! Yum!!!

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Wendy in Texas said...

Everything is so cute!! For Christmas I always have to have my mom’s mashed potatoes!! Yum!!

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Yael Ernst said...

Ah, I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I do go out of my way on Hannukah, as this is the one holiday where I invite the whole family to celebrate with us. :)
Can Hannukah be part of this fun competition??
I like the Latkes (potato mini-pancakes) that my mother in law makes, they’re really really good!

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Meg said...

I just discovered Oreo truffles. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll understand why they’re my new favorite holiday treat :)

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Phyllis said...

It would be stuffed celery! My dad’s version of celery stuffing is cream cheese with crumbled bacon and a little onion salt. Yum!

December 20, 2010 01:29 AM
Ashley S. said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is my Mom’s lasagna. It’s been a tradition for many years.

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Ellie said...

Our family changes it up every year depending on what we feel like eating. Hopefully this year it will be roast lamb. Yum…

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Dyana said...

Honestly my favorite is my Dad’s stuffing! He is 68 years old and makes the best stuffing EVER! I would be heart broken without it!

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Joy said...

Rib roast! Tradition every year!!

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Jennifer G said...

I know you said not sweet… but Cinamon Applesauce Jello, its a family tradition, and its served with the main course not dessert so I think it should count! hahaha! Its the best jello thing you can ever have! No holiday is complete without it! Oh and its super easy too! And if thats still too much sweets for you, then I would say Prime Rib! You simply cant go wrong with that!!!

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Julia said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is brisket! I have a great “secret” family recipe :)

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Anonymous said...

Baked brie…absolute heaven :)

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Liz said...

Well, warm brussel salad (based on the one from Pizza Antica) and crab are big favorites in our house.

December 20, 2010 01:30 AM
Melissa Walters said...

My favorite things to eat during Christmas are the finger foods we have Christmas eve every year. Nachos, BBQ mini sausages, little pizzas, fruit, veggie tray. It’s so fun!

December 20, 2010 01:31 AM
Mindy Boisselle said...

Every since I was smally favorite non-sweet treat is my grandma’s cornbread stuffing that is made from scratch with fresh sage that she grew in her garden. Now that she is gone we all still make it the way Grandma did with a pinch of this and a bit of that. But never forgetting the sage from our gardens. It just feels like a part of her is with us still in that one little ingredient.

December 20, 2010 01:31 AM
Jessica Urgelles said...

My favorite dish is my grandmothers chicken and dumplings, I always look forward to them. They taste different than any I have ever had

December 20, 2010 01:31 AM
Meghan said...

I love green beans cooked with bacon and mashed potatoes! So good! It’s the best part of Christmas!

December 20, 2010 01:31 AM
Patty said...

My favorite is definitely my mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese!!

December 20, 2010 01:31 AM
Rachel A said...

meatballs in tomato sauce!

December 20, 2010 01:31 AM
Danel said...

I love ham and cornflake casserole! Yummy!!!

December 20, 2010 01:32 AM
Steph said...

I would say grilled tomatoes with pesto and cheese!

December 20, 2010 01:32 AM
Marilyn said...

My favorite food at Christmas is green bean casserole. And stuffing. Seems I only eat them this time of year!

December 20, 2010 01:32 AM
Monica said...

My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is hands down TAMALES!!!

December 20, 2010 01:32 AM
Alicia said...

I totally love those little guys. I look forward to having jack daniel’s meatballs :]

December 20, 2010 01:32 AM
Scott said...

My favorite thing to eat at Christmas are my aunt’s dinner rolls. They are very light and buttery…YUM! And make the best 2-bite leftover turkey sandwich bread the next day!
Happiest of Holidays to you and yours, Bakerella!

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
Lana Kempf said...

Love to have a big pot of home made chicken and noodles. Just like Grandma always made. Yumm!

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
Anna said...

I like it all!! Am particularly looking forward to mashed potatoes this year – and anything cranberry!

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
lanieB said...

My families recipe for scalloped potatoes. I also got my Grandmother’s recipe for cabbage rolls- that I absolutely love & can remember dearly when she gave it to me. Love those timeless traditions & recipes.

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
Theresa said...

Homemade Italian Pizza Bread!

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
WestTNJen said...

Hmmm…Mac & cheese or dressing- or BOTH!!

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
Liz Roeser said...

Party mix………homemade of course :)

December 20, 2010 01:33 AM
Yani said...

I don’t know if it qualifies as “real food”, but about the only time of the year that I ever eat gravy is at Christmas… so nice with turkey and all the trimmings!

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Grace said...

Every Christmas Eve my family has crab for dinner… absolutely delicious (and incredibly messy, of course, but that’s half the fun)!

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Lanette said...

Mashed potatoes with turkey gravy.

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Kim said...

Mashed Potatoes and spiral ham

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Joan said...

Chicken and Rolled Dumplings! Yum!

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Lorraine said...

My absolute favorite thing to eat on Christmas is turkey. I can take or leave all the rest, but I really do love the turkey!

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Jocelyn said...

Honestly my favorite thing is homemade stollen. We make it the week before, with lovely rum-soaked fruits, and then Christmas morning, stockings first, then breakfast, with eggs, bacon, and warm stollen with butter. YUM!

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
Jenny Heath said...

Turkey&dressing ravioli with turkey gravy – saw it on the food channel last year, ways to serve leftovers…..yummmmm

December 20, 2010 01:34 AM
lilianne said...

Tourtiere!! hmm ( Meet pie) and sicilian pizza ( pizza dough stuffed with gound beef patatoes , garlic , tomato and you roll it up) all this is reminding me how i miss my familly :( Yummy yummy stuff tho

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Amanda said...

My aunt does a beef tenderloin every year from a butcher in Highland Park that is amazing! It’s not Christmas without it.

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Misty said...

We do an appetizer Christmas eve dinner with Artichoke Dip, Cranberry-Chili Meatball, Chicken Pastries, and Crab Wontons!! We love this fun and carefree type of dinner! But this year since we just moved to Oahu we will be adding fresh Pineapple and Hawaiian Sweet Rolls to our meals!!

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Kalena said...

I love honey baked hams! They are the perfect Christmas treat – goodness knows I am not about to spend that much on a ham any other time of year! And of course, gravy. It wouldn’t be the holidays if I didn’t overdo it with the gravy.

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Beth said...

Leftover turkey and stuffing, with mayo and cranberry sauce on a croissant. Oh. My. But waahh, I’m not cooking Christmas dinner this year for the first time in 30 years so won’t have any leftovers. It’s bittersweet I tell ya….

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Cheryl Storie said...

The food that is a hit at our house is a jalapeño spinach rollup. Truly amazing. We use red and green tortillas.

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Lauren said...

I looooove your tree cake pops!! So adorable! And the nutcrackers too, of course, but the trees look a little more do-able ;)
My favorite thing to eat on Christmas isn’t really anything special–just scrambled eggs and ham (with homemade hot cocoa). We have eggs and ham or bacon every Christmas morning and something about it being Christmas makes it taste so much better than usual. A simple breakfast, but we eat it together with my family every year and it’s just great. We need to fuel up to open all those presents lol ;)

December 20, 2010 01:35 AM
Christina said...

breakfast crepes!!! its our family tradition we go to grandma’s and eat thin crepes filled with fruit. It wouldnt be christmas without them!

December 20, 2010 01:36 AM
Vania said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is a Beef roll my mom makes with Blue cheese, truffles, mushrooms, spinach, and a whole lot of other things! She won’t give out her complete recipe!

December 20, 2010 01:36 AM
sandy said...

Prime Rib! That is an amazing festive party…love the nutcracker cake pops.

December 20, 2010 01:36 AM
Emily said...

My favorite thing is spinach dip served in a bread bowl. It is probably my most favorite appetizer of all time!

And I love that upside-down Christmas tree. GREAT and whimsical idea! Happy holidays!

December 20, 2010 01:37 AM
vesta said...

MMM…… Tri-tip! My mom gets ones that are already Charred and seasoned and you just cook them until its nice and pink in the center, YUM!

December 20, 2010 01:37 AM
Kaycee said...

Your creations are incredible! I can’t imagine the time it would take to make each pop!

My favorite non-sweet holiday food is funeral potatoes! They are so delicious!

December 20, 2010 01:37 AM
Liza said...

HAM!!! Good old ham, nothing fancy or coated in honey

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Christina Bryant said...

I make a meat loaf tree, make meatloaf as usual, then i put ketchup in a piping bag and draw the ornaments on the tree, it’s cute, festive, and best of all comfort food! You could use many different items to decorate, carrot chips, peas, you can make it as festive as you want.
Fun for the whole family.

The trees are beautiful, I will have to try them.
~Christina of Fairborn

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
stephanie martinez said...

My husband makes “dressing” (or stuffing as we prefer to call it though it never sees the inside of the turkey) with sausage & all sorts of other things in it – it’s delish! I don’t even typically care for sausage, but absolutely love the dressing he makes.

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday dish is cinnamon sweet apples. My grandmother makes apples soaked in a cinnamon sweet mixture that makes the apples super red and soft. So yummy!! Great double cake pops!!! They are super cute.

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Cynthia Woods said...

Always Standing Rib Roast for Christmas dinner! Luv it!

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Karen said...

What an amazing party! My favorite is a Ukrainian dessert we have which is boiled wheat and honey. It is delish.

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Holly said...

I refuse to celebrate Christmas, (or Thanksgiving for that matter) without Green Bean Casserole. It’s just not the holidays without this one.. though, I’ve got to say that the Roasted Vegetable Medley from Rachael Ray is quickly edging it’s way into my winter dishes!

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Michelle g said...

So beautiful and inspirational! I love, love, love your soldier pops and white tree pops. I made the reindeer pops for the first time (ever making a cake pop after purchasing your book) and I’m hooked! Hope I can add these 2 adorable men to my decor! Thanks for sharing all your talent (and your friend’s as well)!

Oh, and my favorite thing to eat during the holidays is ham! Ham, ham, and more ham. It’s the only time I eat it! :)

December 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Angie said...

Pirrikoita –a Finnish type pirogi of rye dough filled with creamy white rice.

December 20, 2010 01:39 AM
aisa guiling said...

my favorite is “lechon” – roasted pig! :)

December 20, 2010 01:39 AM
Liz said...

My favorite thing to eat at Christmas, one of our family’s traditions, is Cheese Crispies! They are these delicious cheese cookies – made with rice krispies, cheese and lots of spice! The spicy kick is the perfect balance for all those holiday sweets!

December 20, 2010 01:39 AM
Hannah noel said...

We used to eat mexi-dip every Christmas eve after church. It’s like a hot taco bean dip for tortilla chips. So yummy!

December 20, 2010 01:39 AM
Teri C said...

Cinnamon apples made with red hots!! Super yummy.

December 20, 2010 01:39 AM
Ashley Larissa said...

Still hands down, my grandmother’s homemade turkey noodles! I’m craving them right now!

December 20, 2010 01:40 AM
paige said...

Love to eat ham and turkey with cranberry sauce!!

December 20, 2010 01:40 AM
Suzy McNeilly said...

My favorite real food to eat on Christmas, this year, will be the leftovers of our ham dinner on Christmas Eve. We have to feed our cattle (we give our employees the day off), so I’ll be packing a picnic lunch of ham sandwiches on rolls, left over roasted sweet potatoes, salad & fruits & veggies. And of course since we’ll take in a movie inbetween morning & afternoon feedings, we be sharing a tub of ‘unbuttered’ popcorn.

December 20, 2010 01:40 AM
Sherri F. said...

My favorite thing to eat for Christmas is Cheesy Potatoes. Southern style cubed potatoes mixed with 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup of sour cream, garlic powder, half an onion chopped into small pieces, 1 cube of butter, and topped with cheddar. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 350 until golden brown on top- delicious!!! Even the next day you can eat it with scrambled eggs and bacon…did I say, Y U M ???!!!

December 20, 2010 01:40 AM
Lindsey M. said...

i love my aunt’s cheese ball. it’s just an 8oz pkg of cream cheese, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp of garlic powder, a handful of chopped green onions, and 1 small pkg of that wafer thin beef sandwich meat. slice up the meat into small squares, and mix half of it with the other ingredients. roll into a ball, and refrigerate to firm up for about half an hour. then roll the ball in the remaining beef. tres yum!!!

December 20, 2010 01:41 AM
Clara said...

I love to eat Roast Beast! (aka roast beef) with lots of garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, and corn.

December 20, 2010 01:41 AM
Veronica C said...

Every Christmas morning my grandma would make polish keilbasa and fried eggs, that was my favorite meal of the entire day!

December 20, 2010 01:41 AM
Tammi Dellapina said...

One of my favs is Chili! That’s what I will be making for Christmas dinner at our house this year!

December 20, 2010 01:42 AM
Mirna said...

My favorite Christmas food would have to be Tamales. I love it even more because my mom and sister make them together!

December 20, 2010 01:42 AM
tammy Ward said...

i love to eat this yummy potato casserole with onions, sour cream and cheddar cheese, sooo good!

December 20, 2010 01:43 AM
Michelle g said...

Favorite thing to eat during the holidays….ham, ham, and more ham! Okay, a little prime rib too. :).

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful soldier cake pops and white tree pops. So inspirational.

December 20, 2010 01:43 AM
Kirsten said...

Gotta go with Prime Rib!! Yummy!

December 20, 2010 01:43 AM
Toby said...

I love prime rib and pearled onions and cream sauce. It’s my favoirte holiday meal no matter what the holiday :))

I am so totally amazed at the work you do. It is wonderful…keep up the creativity. I love it!

December 20, 2010 01:44 AM
Kyla said...

Christmas is the one day a year when my In Laws make Orange Glazed Duck! I can’t get enough of it! It’s soo tasty!

If not duck my other holiday favourite is homemade Yorkshire Puddings…my mum and dad are from England and our Christmas Dinner always included Yorkshire Puds to soak up all the yummy gravy!!!

December 20, 2010 01:44 AM
Anna said...

I love my mother in law’s dinner rolls. I have an irrational fear of yeast, so I totally admire them!

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
sara said...

My mom bought williams-sonoma’s cornbread stuffing. we had it at thanksgiving and will have it again on christmas. i used to not like stuffing and it is due to this stuffing that i now eat it because it is so delicious. happy holidays!

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
lisa said...

I’ll have to pick one from each culture (we do 2 Christmases!!!): from the Mexican family (hubs is Mexican) TAMALES!!! I like the pork with green chile ones…; from my white-side, Honey-Baked Ham from the Honey-Baked Store. We ONLY get this on Christmas. Both are super yum-may!

Love the decorations! Love your cake pops, too! Beautiful and masterfully crafted. Awesome!

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
Kate said...

I love to eat these French Puff Pastries….my sister made them for b-fast when we were down to visit her last year and they were delicious. Perfect for combo of sweet and muffin…mmm can’t wait to make them again!!

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
Sandra said...

My favorite savory dish at Christmas would have to be a tie between the corn bread dressing and green bean casserole! YUM!!!!!!
This year, I really had a craving for a nice spiral ham but it just wasn’t in the budget. So I am making a flavorful chicken dish but including the green bean casserole and the stuffing! Mmmm!

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
Nicole said...

my favorite things to eat at christmas are sausage rolls. my partner is a firefighter and inevitably, I spend christmas day alone. back home in Texas, the donut shops around my house sell these little sausage rolls, a sort of pigs in a blanket type deal but the sausages are slightly spicy with a little cheese in them, and the dough is an inimitable flaky buttery pastry. there’s a passable frozen version that are a bit too expensive for everyday, but I buy them for myself to have on christmas day. I spend the day making cookies, having my sausage rolls, and watching a Harry Potter marathon. wow, that sounds sorta sad…it’s not really. I enjoy it and her working christmas day gives others who have children the opportunity to be with their families on that day so it all works out.

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
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