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.

Misty L said...

I think I am too late for the giveaway..but I came here specifically hoping that you would have more pics of Julie’s house! lol

December 21, 2010 08:45 PM
Amy said...

Cornbread stuffing – the homemade kind. Mmm!

December 21, 2010 08:46 PM
Laurel said...

My grandma’s cornbread dressing! Look forward to it every year!

December 21, 2010 08:53 PM
Laura said...

Rice Balls stuffed with a piece of cheese and fried. Hot or cold with or without sauce you can’t eat just one…….

December 21, 2010 08:56 PM
Daisy said...

Tamales! One year everyone got their hands in them, even the men! That was a great christmas.

December 21, 2010 09:03 PM
Lee-Ann said...

well my favourite food would be our traditional Aussie Christmas lunch ..roast chicken, pork, turkey, ham, pickled pork, roast potatoes, pumpkin, fresh beans, carrots, broccoli & cauliflower, then to top it of my mothers home made steamed christmas pudding and custard ..mmmm

December 21, 2010 09:04 PM
YVONNE said...

I love eating all the snacks & sweets on Christmas eve.

December 21, 2010 09:05 PM
Jessie said...

For me it has to be rolls with just a touch of butter :)

December 21, 2010 09:12 PM
Sandy said...

My daughter makes the best ham. She cooks it in the crock pot with apple cider!!! It is so delicious.

December 21, 2010 09:16 PM
Jen5253 said...

My favorite non-sweet Christmas treat is the Clementine orange that my mom puts in our stockings each year. It makes me smile to dump everything out, and the Clementine is always the last thing to fall out. I also love turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy. Mmmmm….. I’m looking forward to it!

December 21, 2010 09:16 PM
Kim Hee Chul Lover said...

I’d love to try macaroons… Coz I’ve never tried any before… I saw the post you put on earlier about the macaroon classes, and I’ve been dying to try some ever since. Hopefully this Christmas, I can try some!!
Kim Hee Chul Lover

December 21, 2010 09:19 PM
Alison said...

Oh, I hope I’m not too late to enter! One of my favorite things to eat on Christmas is my mom’s delicious Philipino eggrolls! I love them!

December 21, 2010 09:27 PM
Cerise said...

Oh my goodness! I almost (ALMOST) forgot about how much I loved the pictures from this party last year. It looks so funtabulous!
My mother makes a mean green bean casserole. It’s cheesey and awesome and she ONLY makes it for Christmas. It’s one of the things I look forward to the most every year!

December 21, 2010 09:29 PM
Tricia said...

I love dips – any kind of dip!

December 21, 2010 09:31 PM
Michelle said...

Pancakes after all the gifts are open!

December 21, 2010 09:35 PM
Jill said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas Day is fresh green beans with a little olive oil and lemon. yummmmmmmy! :)

December 21, 2010 09:35 PM
Ryan said...

We always have a huge ham…and I love it. A ham is too big to cook for one family but for 12, it’s perfect so it’s one of the only times I eat it during the year.

December 21, 2010 09:36 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh I missed it! I have been going bananas getting ready for Christmas and doing things on/for Sweetopia.

I’m not entering the contest (obviously ;-) but just wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your nutcracker cake pops – they are so darling!
Cupcake Julie is awesome too! Your post last year inspired me to do a Candy Christmas this year!

Thanks again for another inspiring, lovely post and for this adorable giveaway! (I bought the nutcracker on the left at Teatro – could NOT resist).

Non-sweet food; I’m loving fettucine alfredo right now. Mmm mmm mmm.

Merry Christmas Angie!

December 21, 2010 09:36 PM
Jennifer said...

It’s not Christmas unless I’m snackin on my mom’s Chocolate Mint Layer bars….yum!!

December 21, 2010 09:37 PM
Jessica Taylor said...

I absolutely look forward to making a ham, the trimmings and so much more for Christmas Dinner. I look forward the most to brocolli casserole which is something I never even considered eating until I was an adult. I guess they were right about veggies. Oh, but of course, FRESH green beans…YUMMO!

December 21, 2010 09:38 PM
Ariele Friedman said...

On Christmas I love eating semi-sweet stew (It’s a Russian recipe). It just warms me up. :)

December 21, 2010 09:39 PM
D said...

On Christmas Eve we have cheese fondue – SO good!

December 21, 2010 09:40 PM
suzanne doherty said...

ok ilove these, my daughter is in the nutcracker this year these will be so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 21, 2010 10:06 PM
Sally said...

Tamales they are sooo good to eat.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 22, 2010 01:34 AM
Amy said...

For Christmas Eve we start the day with brunch and my mom makes homemade biscuits and sauage gravy…mmmmm.

December 22, 2010 11:48 AM
Vixie said...

I love proper English roast dinner, with rich Christmas pudding afterwards – here we still have the puddings where you have to find the sixpence in the middle! All very Victorian and indulgent!

December 22, 2010 02:18 PM
Leanne said...

I don’t have a favorite holiday food … it’s being with my family that makes it magic. Though I am partial to my sugar cookies! :)

December 22, 2010 02:53 PM
Patty W said...

Did anyone mention if they knew where these might be available to purchase?

December 22, 2010 11:05 PM
Karla said...

my favorite dish is my mothers pumpkin roll because after all the turkey and dressing have been eaten this is what everyone looks forward to eating. Even the pecan pie is passed over for this treat.

December 22, 2010 11:59 PM
Susy said...

traditionally we have for our Christmas day dinner : Red ,yellow, orange, and green peppers sauted in olive oil with tomoatoes and parsley and onions over pene pasta. Its so colorful and its delious.
Buon Natali!!

December 23, 2010 09:39 AM
JoeyfromSC said...

I have followed you for quite some time..Congrats on the book! Saw it in Barnes and noble today:)

FANTASTIC and beautiful, whimsical decorations/trees and I love the pops of course!

People were mentioning you and your pops in general at a twitter party last night and some people had never heard of you(gasps! lol) so I directed them here to your site:) Thanks for inspiring me and I LOVE your bog!!

Joey from South Carolina

December 23, 2010 01:01 PM
JoeyfromSC said...

Oh and if there is any way you could share with me what type of camera you use? I LOVE taking pics and yours are just amazing!!! lol:)

Email me if you get time please! Happy Holidays!!


December 23, 2010 01:01 PM
Sommer Emery said...

I’m really looking forward to the Christmas ham this year! Haven’t had one in years and it sounds so good and perfect this year!

December 23, 2010 08:29 PM
Rachel said...

I love ham and mushroom gougere with tomatos prepared in a large iron skillet. It is completely unique, elegant, and unbelievably yummy. Love your work:)

December 23, 2010 08:47 PM
Holly said...

My family has a running joke about our Christmas Eve tradition where we dine on delish apps such as shrimp and cocktail sauce and cheese and crackers. Although most importantly my favorite part is the Port Wine Cheese Log which we so fondly call the “Nut cheese log” as the cheese is shaped into a log and rolled in sliced almonds. I have no idea what this cheese is made out of but I swear it’s the most addictive thing ever!

Happy Festivus from NY!

December 23, 2010 10:13 PM
Nina said...

i wish you a merry christmas!!!
have a beautiful day!
xoxo, pink lady ?

December 24, 2010 11:32 AM
sabrina sabri said...

love love love this post bakerella! merry christmas everyone!

December 25, 2010 10:55 AM
Ashley with Dress My Cupcake said...

Colonel cupcake and cupcake nutcrackers – truly genius! And our favorite Christmas dinner is vegan tofurky wiht all the fixins’! Thank you for sharing!
- Ashley with Dress My Cupcake (

December 25, 2010 12:47 PM
peadoodle said...

what an amazing party! my fav food is ham and cheese chowder….yum

December 25, 2010 05:12 PM
Leah said...

My favorite Christmas treat is the Cream Centers my husband makes, they are his Mom’s recipe & they are sooooo good!

December 25, 2010 06:23 PM
Magdalena Vargas said...

I hope you have a Happy Holiday season : ) Thank you for having such a wonderful Blog & teaching us all how to make such yummy things : )

December 25, 2010 10:13 PM
cassie said...

OMG so pretty. Prettiest dessert table ever! :)

December 26, 2010 10:55 AM
Wyllow said...

My favorite part of Christmas morning is the dessert spread, seeing all of the wonderful treats my grandmothers and mother have made over the days before with so much care and their incredible, one-of-a-kind touches, makes the season unforgettable. I miss those times now that both Grans have passed, and I hope my daughter has the same experience of wonder I did as a girl. Thank you for giving me some great new ideas to keep the traditions alive! =)

December 26, 2010 11:50 AM
Hannahkay said...

I FINALLY got your book as a Christmas present from my parents! Love the owls!

December 26, 2010 08:31 PM
Hannah Ranae said...

wow!! I love this! it inspired me to sketch this (:

December 26, 2010 10:12 PM
Jill said...

My favorite non-sweet Christmas food would have to be my sweet potatoe casserole with apples…there is something about them which can’t be duplicated…I’ve tried!

December 27, 2010 05:40 PM
Amber Hemond said...

was rather hoping to see a new picture of the BIG outside soldiers finished

December 30, 2010 08:28 AM
Angie said...

Congrats to the winner. And while shopping online to add to my candy/cake decoration collection, I found this site with some candy soldiers!
Just in case no one else has told you about it, and you wanted to find another place to buy them :D

December 31, 2010 08:01 AM
Robin W. said...

We have a late-morning Christmas breakfast – cheese grits, ham, eggs, buttermilk biscuits and fresh-squeezed orange juice! Yummy!!! Think I’ll head to the kitchen now for some more OJ!

December 31, 2010 08:15 PM
Rachel said...

Meat meat meat espicially pork

January 2, 2011 03:40 PM
Nicole* said...

this is the prettiest little party i have seen in a while! i love it all ~ it’s so cheery! looks like tons of fun :)

January 4, 2011 12:54 PM
Rachel said...

I made my first batch of cake balls last weekend which were delicious and a HUGE success. My hubby ate a ton, as did both of our co-workers! The only real trouble I had was getting the chocolate coating on the outside of the cakeballs so smooth, like all of yours. I froze my cakeballs and made sure my chocolate was totally melted, but the spoon messed the coating and it never looked smooth. What can I do to make mine look more like yours?

January 6, 2011 03:04 PM
r.uae said...

hiii….what is the best recipe for the macarons????
*plz answer back!!!1

January 7, 2011 01:49 PM
Lisa Scott said...

Those straws and the ice cream cupcakes are so cute like all your things! I vote that the pink one is the shortest.

January 10, 2011 09:03 AM
Barbara said...

I love ganache. If I make it to use for something and I don’t do it right away I wind up eating the whole bowl. The better the chocolate you use the better it tastes. OMG. Like heaven in a bowl. I love the milkshake cupcakes. they are so cute.

January 10, 2011 10:26 AM
Jenni Price said...

The white tree cake pops are so elegant!

January 13, 2011 01:28 AM
sally said...

Wow Wow! This photos are incredible. Everything looks so yummy!

January 13, 2011 05:32 PM
Maggie said...

Where did she get the cool Christmas Tree glass jars/stands?

January 15, 2011 09:55 PM
Jean said...

My favorite Christmas food in the whole wide world is my mom’s recipe for home made manicotti with homemade sauce (of course). Believe it or not, I have never tasted store bought manicotti. (Spoiled, I guess) My mom always made them from scratch and now I make them for my family.

January 22, 2011 02:33 PM
Jean said...

I know it’s way past the deadline for the give away but I just wanted to share my favorite food with you anyway. You’re amazing in every way. My favorite Christmas food in the whole wide world is my mom’s recipe for home made manicotti with homemade sauce (of course). Believe it or not, I have never tasted store bought manicotti. (Spoiled, I guess) My mom always made them from scratch and now I make them for my family.

January 22, 2011 03:04 PM
Cheri said...

OMG, could you please ask your friend where she got her beautiful cupcake stand from?

January 24, 2011 05:02 AM
i love food said...

Wow, those cake pops are amazing! i am not really good at putting it together. I wish i was like you!

April 1, 2011 03:50 AM
Antonella said...

Je ne me lasse pas de regarder vos merveilleuses décorations de Noël, vos cup cakes et vos pop cakes tous plus attendrissants, envoutants, amusants les uns que les autres …
Votre amie est une parfaite mère noël, ou peut être une fée.
antonella. nina.

April 25, 2011 01:47 AM
Caddie said...

How absolutely fantastic!!!

July 27, 2011 08:19 AM
ana said...

this is awesome i would love to know how to make some of those sweets it looks super good and awesome please tell me how to make them it looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 16, 2011 11:35 PM
Alex said...

Dear Bakerella,
What are the white things for the eyes? I am a really big fan a this will be my very first time do you have any tips? I bought one of your books. It is very cute.

October 13, 2011 04:00 PM
Judy Weidel said...

I trade Christmas dinner with my sister, I love to cook so when it is my turn I plan a different menu every time. Over the years I have to say my very favorite is cornish hens. I buy one small hen per quest and rub them down with olive oil and sprinkle with my favorite spices. I stuff each hen with my favorite herb stuffing and cook. I decorate each plate with a beautiful hen and Christmas greens. Make plenty of colorful veggies to add to your table, I try to have as many greens, reds yellows and orange veggies as possible, think out of the box try pattypan squash and butternut squash they pair up beautifully with asparagus and spinach!

November 11, 2011 12:02 PM
An Schumacher said...

My mom makes smoked salmon from scratch using either brandy or vodka. It takes a week of turning the thing and splashing it with the alcohol. Then we have it on thin toasted bread with parsley and minced onions. Yum! We have it every year.

November 26, 2011 09:30 PM
Gigi said...

Our Christmas tradition is spaghetti and homemade meatballs with fresh garlic and parsley simmered all day in marenara sauce with fresh mushrooms. We also have an Italian salad with a zesty homemade dressing made with vinegar and oil and then lots of fresh french bread slathered in butter to go with it. This is pure comfort food, it is an awesome meal.

November 28, 2011 08:16 PM
Terri said...

Candied Sweet Potatoes Yum!!!!

November 29, 2011 08:17 AM
Charity Reesor said...

Oh I am so excited! This is my favorite Christmas house ever! Your friend Julie is amazing! And your nutcracker cakepops rock! So cute!!! My favorite….is my mom’s mac and cheese!!!! Total comfort food. The crunchy cheese on top is the best part!!!! I love Christmas ;)

December 13, 2011 12:05 AM
Beverly Washmon said...

I would have to say my favorite thing is almost anything my mom made. She was the most amazing cook. Of course I was never allowed in the kitchen because I was a chatter box. She passed away in 1996 along with her recipes. She never measured or wrote anything down and needless to say I would do anything just to taste anything that was like hers. Christmas Eve was always Gumbo, potato salad and homemade rolls with honey. I always go to your website when I need to make something special. You are my recipes that I never got. I hope you all have a merry chirstmas and remember write your recipes down for your loved ones so they will always be reminded of you and traditions.

December 17, 2011 07:42 PM
Suzie Waclawski said...

We always have my Crab Dip. It’s made with cream cheese and Cream of mushrooms and lots of other stuff. Chilled overnight and served with crackers or garlic rubbed toast rounds. My kids love it so much…

December 21, 2011 10:31 AM
Cynthia S said...

Oh my gosh I’m 13 years old and I would love to have my own bakery someday I really love to bake and do all that stuff. The reason I love this wedsite is because I get a lot of ideas so when i have the time, I could bake something. And I’m also telling a lot of people about this website, and my cousin is having her 15 year old party and her theme is CandyLand so I would like to tell her about all the amazing things.

January 6, 2012 02:03 PM
christina said...

love all the decorations- its so beautiful!

Where can I get the big gingerbread man?…there adorable

January 16, 2012 03:54 AM
kathy said...

OMG!!!! I wish I had friends like you and Julie.I think she is my Ghandi!LOL.I am AMAZED at her talent and incredible design skills wish I had her in my flower shop.Is that what she does as her career..a proffessional display designer.She is unreal.Did she make all the paper mache figures herself? I loved the big ceramic cupcake.Believe it or not I had a ceramic shop years ago and still have all those cupcake molds!!! I have always wanted to decorate in a candy – gingerbread theme and now Iam.Thank you so much for sharing you are so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people.You both have inspired me .

February 6, 2012 11:24 PM
Katie said...

This is exactly how my heaven looks like

June 23, 2012 12:09 AM
Amber said...

My grandma is from Croatia and though it may seem weird, my favorite thing to eat on Christmas is lamb. The oils and garlic and spices taste so yummy! I cannot wait for Christmas! My favorite time of the year!

November 2, 2012 08:24 PM
Sandra Rally said...

Our traditional brunch was roasted homemade smoked sausages with cheese and German pastries made by my mom. Yum.

December 21, 2012 01:08 PM
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