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.

Katy said...

A savory Christmas food . . . is it wrong that I can’t think of one. All the Christmas cookies are clouding my mind. Okay – My MIL makes rolls every year and bakes them in the shape of an Christmas tree. We heat them up Christmas morning and eat ‘em all up! She uses the recipe from the old Betty Crocker cookbook. xo

December 20, 2010 01:45 AM
Lori Tucker said...

My two favorite sweet things I can’t get enough of from Thanksgiving til New Year is Pizelle Cookies and Cheesecake. Yummmmmyyyyy.

December 20, 2010 01:46 AM
Sarah said...

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, everything! Christmas is basically Thanksgiving all over again in my family! :)

December 20, 2010 01:46 AM
Rachies said...

I don’t like food. I love sweets.. I can skip every single meal but cannot survive a day without a kick if some chocolate…
I recently fell in love with Starbucks’ Gingerbread loaf with cream cheese frosting and orange peels on top. nummers!

December 20, 2010 01:46 AM
Kristie Hill said...

I love a turkey dinner with all the fixings!

December 20, 2010 01:47 AM
Tara said...

my mom makes these yummy twice baked sweet potatoes!!

December 20, 2010 01:47 AM
Kat said...

My favorite Christmas food ever is something I didn’t even have until a few years ago while visiting a friend’s family. They served the most delicious creamed corn with jalapenos. I couldn’t get enough. Now, they are a necessity.

December 20, 2010 01:48 AM
Connor said...

prime rib. I don’t eat a lot of red meat at home, so this is a super special treat that I get to have when I go back to visit my parents for the holidays.

December 20, 2010 01:49 AM
jenn said...

my favoite thing to eat is turnip – i soooooo love them but they are hard to make but easy to eat :)

December 20, 2010 01:50 AM
lori lucas said...

Beef tenderloin cooked on the grill. To. Die. For!

I would have LOVED to be at the party. LOVVVVVEEELY!

Lori L

December 20, 2010 01:50 AM
anne laney said...

i love the ham! yum yum yum

December 20, 2010 01:50 AM
Amanda Cordero said...

I love to eat my mothers stuffing! It is so amazing :) That is honestly the only thing I eat on Thanksgiving and Christmas!

December 20, 2010 01:50 AM
Amy @DYKTMP? said...

Every Christmas Eve we make and devour Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna. It is a very old family recipe from Italy. It is SOOOO GOOD you can’t even stand it. I wait all year for it. Only a few more days now!!

December 20, 2010 01:50 AM
Jenasi said...

I would have to say a pulled turkey I did in a crook pot. I different take on pulled pork it was amazing.

December 20, 2010 01:50 AM
Shari Brown said...

Breakfast casserole that we eat Christmas morning after we open gifts. :)

December 20, 2010 01:51 AM
Audrey said...

I love stuffed potatoes with prime rib…yep this is one meat & potatoes girl!!

December 20, 2010 01:51 AM
Wendy said...

I love to eat good crispy ham on Christmas. Mmmm, so good and goes so well with all of the potato dishes! :)

December 20, 2010 01:51 AM
Mavi said...

Everything is so beautiful!
Our family has Noche Buena dinner the night before Christmas and then we wait until midnight to exchange gifts and eat again. The one thing that I always look forward to is this cheese called queso de bola which means ball of cheese. It’s so yummy and is something special because it only comes out during Christmas.

December 20, 2010 01:51 AM
Tina said...

I would have to say honey glazed ham and mashed potatoes. :)

December 20, 2010 01:51 AM
Heidi Drake said...

My favorite food on Christmas is ham! More specifically,Ky Legend Ham.Delicious!

December 20, 2010 01:51 AM
Jodie said...

Since were in Australia, and its summer at Xmas, we love to do cold seafood, like prawns, crayfish and salads. All caught the day before!

December 20, 2010 01:52 AM
stefanie said...

prime rib w/ cream corn. yum!

December 20, 2010 01:52 AM
Cheryl Upshaw said...

I love mashed potatoes. Just a little bit lumpy, with lots of milk and butter mixed in. There is nothing more delicious!

December 20, 2010 01:52 AM
Kim said...

I love to eat chicken tikka masala from our local Indian restaurant down the street–it’s the only place open on Christmas :D

December 20, 2010 01:52 AM
gena said...

Green bean casserole!!! My all time favorite :)

December 20, 2010 01:53 AM
Shania said...

I love Christmas morning breakfast! We usually go all out & make a mini buffet for everyone…. eggs, bacon, french toast, gravy & biscuits, etc, etc… I really looking forward to it! yum yum!!

December 20, 2010 01:53 AM
vanessa S. said...

omg i want to attend that party! everything is soo cute! :)
my favorite thing to eat is honestly just stuffing! haha. i cant help it, its delicious.

December 20, 2010 01:54 AM
Yvonne P. said...

My favorite thing to eat is my mom’s corn casserole. It’s actually very sweet, but I figured it was ok bc it had a vegetable in it ;)

December 20, 2010 01:54 AM
Shannon said...

Back in the day…my grandma would make fried (cornmeal) mush on Christmas morning. It was wonderful! Looking back, well, not very ‘health conscious’, but OH SO GOOD!

December 20, 2010 01:54 AM
Angie said...

I could eat pounds of my grandmas stuffing and my moms scalloped cheesey potatoes….yummmm

December 20, 2010 01:55 AM
andrea said...

Oh, my very favorite thing every Christmas is the honey baked ham we get…as we only ever eat it then…it’s a special treat!

I LOVE the cake pops you made, so adorable!!
Got your book as an early Christmas present and love it so much…not just the content but the fact that it’s spiral bound….makes it easier to deal with in the kitchen!

December 20, 2010 01:56 AM
Jennie said...

HAM!! I wait alllll year long for delicious, delightful honey Christmas ham. =D These guys are adorable, would love ‘em!

December 20, 2010 01:56 AM
Tina said...

I think it’s got to be the stuffing…!!! My Mom’s stuffing is the best. At 92 my mom still cooks a mean bird.

December 20, 2010 01:57 AM
Angel said...

My favorite thing to eat at Christmas would have to be my moms stuffing! She puts apples and maple in it toooo yummy! My husband is a US Marine so we aren’t home for christmas very often but I always look forward to it the years we do get to be close :)

December 20, 2010 01:57 AM
Amy said...

My favorite savory dish to eat on Christmas would be a prime ribs! We have that almost every Christmas and my Uncle got his secrect recipe! So delicious!

December 20, 2010 01:57 AM
Mia said...

Ham. Ham is the most amazing Christmas food ever.

And my gramma’s potatoes. NOM.

December 20, 2010 01:58 AM
Teresa said...

My dad always makes the best clam chowder.

December 20, 2010 01:59 AM
Alexis said...

I have Chinese food every year!! Although this is the first year I am married so we will see how that goes….:)

December 20, 2010 01:59 AM
Shannie B said...

My favorite thing to eat is chestnut flavored bushe de noel cake. We won’t be having one this year. *Le sigh*

December 20, 2010 02:00 AM
Vickie said...

One of my favorite holiday foods is a Chorizo and Rice Casserole..peppers, onions and garlic….yummy! Goes great with ham, turkey or beef :-)

December 20, 2010 02:00 AM
Gwen Nowlan said...

I have been barbecuing my turkey for 30 years and it changes a bit every year – it is my favourite food item during Christmas.

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
Melissa said...

My favorite thing to eat during Christmas time is my very own caramelized onion, spinach & cheese pinwheels made w/puff pastry. They are savory and flaky & hard to put down!

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
Magali said...

I love the classic honey glazed ham! Also, coconut covered chicken breasts are delicious as well.

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
sharon k said...

Mashed potatoes!

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
Denise Potts said...

My favorite thing to eat at Christmas is ham rolls. I love to eat the leftover ham on potato rolls. Yummm!!!!!

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
Kate from Oz said...

Maple, Honey and Australian Mustard glazed ham! There’s nothing better than the leftover for sandwiches too :)

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
Wendy Fugal said...

Part of our stocking stuffers growing up was a box of cereal for each person, so we always eat a lot of cereal. And for some reason I don’t really know, we usually have tuna fish sandwiches for lunch.

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
Andrea said...

YOU are AMAZING!! and so are your double-decker pops! WOW!! I like the Christmas trees in white – very cute!
It’s not Christmas without my MIL’s Sweet Potato Casserole :)
Merry Christmas, Bakerella!

December 20, 2010 02:01 AM
stephnie said...

i think these are the cutest soldiers ever!..

December 20, 2010 02:02 AM
Elizabeth said...

I’d say my favourite non-sweet thing at Christmas time isn’t to EAT, necessarily– it’s to drink! I LOVE Christmas drinks… hot spiced apple cider, gingerbread lattes, peppermint mochas… yum yum!!

December 20, 2010 02:02 AM
Bonnie said...

I am going to go with the turkey but it’s really a toss up with the mashed potatoes and corn bread dressing too!
I can’t wait to make some cake pops this week!

December 20, 2010 02:02 AM
Stephanie said...

I think these are the cutest soldiers ever!

December 20, 2010 02:03 AM
Tiercy said...

I would have to say the appetizers, usually caprese salad and spinach artichoke dip.

December 20, 2010 02:03 AM
courtney kinnick said...

I love the holdays!!! My favortie food for chrstmas would have to be prime rib with horsradish. YUMM!

December 20, 2010 02:03 AM
Megan said...

Stuffing. Or my mom’s green beans. She sautees them with garlic and pine nuts and they’re amazing.

December 20, 2010 02:04 AM
Lorie said...

I love to eat prime rib and mashed potatoes…yummy!

December 20, 2010 02:04 AM
Jani Garcia said...

te escribo desde España y soy una fan tuya desde hace muchisimo tiempo, para mi familia y para mi en estos dias lo que mas nos gusta comer son “tapas españolas” pequeños bocaditos donde puedes saborear lo mejor de la gastronomia de cada zona de España, disfrutamos muchisimo tambien el dia 24 y 31 como la familia y los amigos salen a la calle a comer “migas” esto es una especie de crouton pasado por la sarten con ajos, chorizo y pimenton, acompañado con huevos fritos , pimientos y hasta uvas, si algun dia quieres probarlo te invito a que visites Toledo y yo misma te enseñare una de las ciudades mas hermosas de Europa y por supuesto uno de los lugares donde mejor se come.Feliz Navidad para todos

December 20, 2010 02:04 AM
April K said...

Oh this is hard, we are doing a brunch this year…but I would say I have to agree prime rib with hot fresh horseradish might be my favorite. I made short ribs with a horseradish gravy last night.

December 20, 2010 02:04 AM
Shannon said...

I love to eat pizza. As crazy as it sounds it frees up a lot of extra time that I spend with my family playing Wii games and laughing til we cry. I’d trade a traditional meal for that any day!

December 20, 2010 02:05 AM
Ella said...

Most of my family is in England so we usually have a very small immediate family only Christmas lunch consisting of the most amazing turkey breast and roast potatoes with gravy. This is my most favourite meal of the entire year. Turkey breast, roast potatoes and gravy. Simple, yet simply amazing!!
Just like those cute nutcrackers!!

December 20, 2010 02:05 AM
Alana said...

My favorite is Ham and Corn Casserole…yummy!

December 20, 2010 02:05 AM
Sasha said...

This is only my 2nd year celebrating Christmas, as I am Jewish and my lovely boyfriend isn’t! =) Last year I had delicious prime rib at his aunt’s house, which was fabulous! If that is what Christmas is about, count me in! =)

December 20, 2010 02:06 AM
Grace Willcocks said...

Merry Christmas from Canada. Hope you’re on the ‘Nice’ list.

December 20, 2010 02:07 AM
Angie said...

I LOVE prime rib for Christmas. I did my very first (and only) one a couple of years ago, and was amazed at how delicious and tender it came out!

December 20, 2010 02:08 AM
Grace Willcocks said...

Oops. Forgot to say that my absolute fave thing to eat at Christmas is the stuffing. Love, love, love it!

December 20, 2010 02:08 AM
Linda said...

Mashed potatoes and green beans….I know this doesn’t seem “special”….but I love it! The tree cakepops are adorable!!!!!

December 20, 2010 02:09 AM
kimberly said...

Wow. I wish my christmas party looked this festive and whimsical! LOVE IT!

December 20, 2010 02:10 AM
Cece Basile said...

Stuffed mushrooms are a Xmas eve staple!

December 20, 2010 02:10 AM
Kelly said...

My 12 year old makes a killer hot spinach & artichoke dip and that is our favorite non-sweet on Christmas Day.

December 20, 2010 02:11 AM
Rachel said...

I’m going to have to say mangoes (in the Southern Hemisphere here ;) ). And ham. Together.

December 20, 2010 02:11 AM
Bridget said...

The delicious marinated wings that my mother makes. We only get to have them this time of year, usually, so it’s a huge treat!

December 20, 2010 02:12 AM
Joanne Kennedy said...

WOW! I’ve never seen a more beautiful party!

YOU sure outdid even yourself with the nutcracker pops. I’m in awe of you :)

I would be soooooooooooo excited to win your give away. Those are so pretty.

Even if I don’t win…I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Now I’m off to go read more about that party.

December 20, 2010 02:14 AM
Jakelyn Piccoli said...

Rolls with LOTS of real butter…… :) I go back several times for a roll or three…

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Sue Ryan said...

Eggs Benedict for breakfast! Fresh ground coffee and lots of yummy finger foods throughout the day.

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Angie said...

I love turkey and mashed potatoes! :)

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Caroline said...

It’s a tie between the ham and the cornbread casserole! We have both throughout the year once in a while, but when we make them for Christmas, we go over the top and its wonderful!

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Libbi said...

my father in law makes a darn good Christmas dinner. definitely beats the sweets fest i experience when we go back to my parents.

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Angela said...

We always do mexican food on Christmas, and my absolute favorite is enchiladas! I use a ton of cheese in them so they’re all super gooey. Who needs presents when you have great food?!

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Stacie said...

My mom’s ham. Have to have it!

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Edith Luna said...

I love Texas style ham for Christmas!

December 20, 2010 02:15 AM
Wendy said...

My favorite would have to be mashed potatoes! To me it goes with EVERYTHING!! :D

December 20, 2010 02:16 AM
Sue Turner said...

Turkey!?! Mashed potatoes?!?

Truthfully it’s Chex Mix. I only make it at Christmas for obvious reasons. I make the homemade stuff from the old recipe (double the butter than the current recipe). Yummmmm! Oh, and it’s not sweet! Not sure you could call it ‘real’ food, but it’s very popular around here.

December 20, 2010 02:17 AM
mallory said...

breakfast casserole and cinnamon buns after opening presents!

December 20, 2010 02:18 AM
karen said...


December 20, 2010 02:18 AM
Sherry said...

we love to eat queso dip

December 20, 2010 02:18 AM
Rachelle said...

something non sweet?? Hmmm… how about breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. It’s got hash browns, sausage, green onions, cheese and egg mixture. Mmm so good! Put it together the night before, then It bakes up while you’re opening presents.

December 20, 2010 02:19 AM
Karyn said...

Dips!! Spinach artichoke, Buffalo Chicken Dip, etc…..Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 02:19 AM
Kris said...

Prime rib, roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts!

December 20, 2010 02:20 AM
Sharon said...

Favorite thing to eat on Christmas? Would probably have to be my grandma’s turkey and mashed potatoes.. sounds like Thanksgiving, I know, but she made the best food around. I miss her, but holiday goodies like this make me think of her so I guess that’s somethin. :]

December 20, 2010 02:22 AM
Tracey said...

My favorite Christmas morning tradition from childhood (besides getting our Santa present) is pouring my stocking out to find the orange and apple my mom would put in the foot to fill it out. We would eat the fruit to help balance out all of the sweet stuff! I carry on this tradition with my 3 kids. Love and miss you Mom.

December 20, 2010 02:22 AM
Gwen Nowlan said...

My favourite thing to eat is my barbecued turkey. I have been doing this for 30 years and it gets better every year. Of course the sweet thing would be monkey bread Christmas morning!

December 20, 2010 02:22 AM
loli01 said...

My absolute fave is sweet potato mash. It’s kind of a thing. Does that count though cause its sweet but not a dessert? If not, my roasted brussel sprouts are pretty fantastically noteworthy :}

December 20, 2010 02:23 AM
Trisha said...

My favorite thing to eat at Christmas is Swedish Pancakes or Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream for breakfast on Christmas Day!

December 20, 2010 02:25 AM
Angelee N. said...

I love love eating mashed potatoes!

December 20, 2010 02:25 AM
Sarah said...

I like sweets but not as much as “real food” =) I am looking forward to some of my mother-in-laws slow roasted beef at Christmas… good!

December 20, 2010 02:25 AM
Jodie said...

My favorite would be my sister’s homemaid mac & cheese! Yummy!

December 20, 2010 02:27 AM
Larkin said...

My mom usualy makes bacon and eggs Christmas morning, and they are always really yummy. We eat them after we are done opening presents and before we start playing with our new things. :) Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 02:27 AM
Dacia said...

Oh my goodness, you never cease to amaze me with your cakepop talent! I love these cake pops!!

My favorite Christmas food item is stuffed artichokes. My husband is Italian and cooks yummy Italian food every Christmas Day! Love it!

December 20, 2010 02:27 AM
Eunice said...

I love to eat yummy mashed potato with my turkey!

December 20, 2010 02:27 AM
Lily said...

turkey!, my mom makes one extra special in a pinnaple-raisin sauce, its kind of sweet but super yummy along with mash potatoes and pasta :) (and of course tons of sweets for dessert!)

December 20, 2010 02:29 AM
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