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.

morgana said...

I love the white Christmas Trees !!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, my cake pop queen. And HAPPY NEW YEAR.

December 20, 2010 02:29 AM
Melissa B said...

Mexican wedding cookies…..LOVE THEM!!!

December 20, 2010 02:29 AM
Darlene said...

I love to have the homemade polish kielbasa my brother makes!

December 20, 2010 02:29 AM
Emily Gurley said...

Our family loves scalloped corn and homemade rolls yummm.

December 20, 2010 02:31 AM
ashe said...

We do chinese for Christmas eve. Everyone loves it! Nothing says Christmas like chinese leftovers!!!!

December 20, 2010 02:32 AM
Emily said...

We do a breakfast casserole that we make the night before. Then, Christmas morning, all you have to do is stick it in the over, hit the coffee maker and it’s ready by the time presents are open without ANY effort. Love it!!

December 20, 2010 02:32 AM
Kris said...

We celebrate Christmas eve in the Polish tradition. My favorite treat is my mama’s homemade cheese pierogies! A close second would be her mushroom ones. Mmmmmmmm. :)

December 20, 2010 02:33 AM
Kate W said...

Granny’s Turkey. It’s basted in a butter-Kahlua sauce. It is absolutely delicious.

December 20, 2010 02:33 AM
Tami said...

We almost always have a ham which I prefer over Turkey.
I would be scared to cook Prime Rib for fear I would over cook it since Iike mine well done. If I can get sonmeone else to cook then that might be a option.
Happy Holidays.

December 20, 2010 02:34 AM
Emily Newberry said...

We always have Hashbrown Quiche for breakfast!!! Sooo yummy can’t get enough!
Merry Christmas Bakerella!

December 20, 2010 02:34 AM
Michele said...

You are 1 talented lady!!! My favorite non sweet Christmas food is homemade salmon spread and clam dip at my gramma’s house.After presents are opened the whole family goes up to my grandparents house and has her homemade yummies, no lunch just dips & spreads & mini weenies & sausages in sauce. Love that Christmas tradition!

December 20, 2010 02:35 AM
Erica G. said...

i cant get tired of mashed potatoes :3

and i wanted to try and make them like this for christmass just ’cause they would make me feel fancy hahah…>_<

happy holidays!

December 20, 2010 02:35 AM
Anonymous said...

It would have to be the good old macaroni chicken salad.

December 20, 2010 02:36 AM
Thilwen said...

Potato salad. It’s traditional here to make it for the Christmas Eve dinner in huuuuge quantity so that it lasts for the next two days, and then again on New Year’s Eve, in slightly smaller quantity to last until New Year. And everyone has their own recipe, which is great since you get to sample them when you visit all your relatives… Some add bacon, some crispy fresh onion, some even corn or apples. Yum :-)

December 20, 2010 02:37 AM
Kerry said...

We started doing Italian as our Christmas meal so that we could have time to sound together versus being in the kitchen so I make chicken parmesan the day before and my daughter does lasagna and we just put them in the oven on Christmas day…and then we have time for Christmas olympics! Which I won last year!!!

December 20, 2010 02:38 AM
Lisa B said...

Christmas Dinner~Glazed Ham, Cheese Potatoes, Sweet & Sour Green Beans, Homemade Rolls, Spinach Salad with cranberries, candied walnuts and poppy seed dressing…oh deliciousness! :)

December 20, 2010 02:38 AM
Shannon said...

My favorite food on Christmas day is my Mom’s homemade rolls and ham. Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 02:38 AM
Cindy Raschke said...

Sweet Potato puff with fresh sweet potatoes, made very lightly, and we use Sucanat so we don’t get a sickening sweet flavor. We actually cut the sugar in half, you don’t need it. And definately don’t need the marshmallows. Also love wild rice stuffing my hubby’s aunt makes.

December 20, 2010 02:39 AM
Nisrine said...

Roast beef filled with cheese and turkey covered with crunchy puff pastry :))) Yumyyyyy….

December 20, 2010 02:39 AM
Laura Parr said...

My favorite thing to eat is leftover turkey sandwiches – turkey on homemade bread, with some cranberry and gravy! Ahh!

December 20, 2010 02:41 AM
Audrey Han said...

it may sound odd since it’s not traditional American Christmas fare, but my family loves to indulge in Korean BBQ at Christmastime. YUMMO!

December 20, 2010 02:42 AM
KyrieaT said...

It just isn’t Christmas unless my father makes a dry turkey! Haha as much as it bothers me it just puts a smile on my face! My Grandmother collects Nutcrackers and I would love to add these to her collection :)

December 20, 2010 02:43 AM
Sue said...

Potato cheese casserole!

Your nutcracker pop? You’re too much, Angie! :)

December 20, 2010 02:43 AM
Christie said...

ham and mashed taters!

December 20, 2010 02:44 AM
Stacia said...

Chicken and dumplings by my mom!!

December 20, 2010 02:44 AM
Julie Reed said...

My favorite Christmas foods are my “apple pie” ham and my sourdough bread dressing. I make almost everything for Christmas dinner from scratch and hav a ball with all that cooking…and I know my family has a ball enjoying all the yumminess, too!!!

December 20, 2010 02:45 AM
Michelle Church said...

we switch it up and this year it is the cheesy potatoes with a hint of dill, ham scalloped corn. And don’t forget the main course. SWEETS!!! Since i was a kid, i just love dipping pretzels in choc. or white almond bark. simple, so good and you can put some many different decorations on them too.

December 20, 2010 02:45 AM
Vivian said...

Oh my gosh! Her decorations are amazing! (:
I love the upsidedown Christmas tree!
It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland~
or.. Christmas-land? ^^
On Christmas, I actually don’t eat anything special.. sorry :/
But it’s one of those guaranteed days
where I get to eat and spend the day with my family! :D
My family’s Asian so we always seem eat rice.. woot! xD;;
But I would love a great MEATLOAF this year!

December 20, 2010 02:47 AM
Nicole H said...

I love a good baked ham! Simple as that! :)

December 20, 2010 02:47 AM
Amber W said...

Every holiday or family get together, my absolute favorite thing to have is green bean casserole and pasta salad. Now that I’m all grown up (or so says my family..) its my turn to make these and bring them to dinner. Gets me hungry just thinking about it..YUM

December 20, 2010 02:47 AM
Susan said...

it’s a little sweet, but it’s my favorite. my mom always makes potica (po-teet-sa) for Christmas breakfast. its a lightly sweet nut roll of sorts. the recipe was handed down from my dad’s dad and originally was from our Austrian heritage.

December 20, 2010 02:48 AM
Anonymous said...

My most favorite Christmas food is my Mom’s homemade refried beans and chili verde burritos!!

December 20, 2010 02:49 AM
Ysobel said...


(Whaddya mean, that doesn’t count as real food? hmph. :D)

My mom’s (bread-based turkey-stock sage) stuffing. Which, yes, is also a Thanksgiving food, but nothing says it can’t be eaten for Christmas too!

December 20, 2010 02:52 AM
Lynsey said...

My favourite part of Christmas Dinner is the vegetables, I love chestnuts in butter with the sprouts, cream and sweet roasted garlic with peas and carrots and swede mashed up… oooh and they’re not vegetables but I have to have yorkshire puddings too :)

December 20, 2010 02:52 AM
Cakewhiz said...

Spicy chicken lasagna…..yummmmmm!

December 20, 2010 02:57 AM
Taylor said...

Turkey. I wait for turkey twice a year – Christmas and Thanksgiving. Going to my parents and sitting down with family around a beautiful table of turkey, cranberry, mashed potatoes, gravy etc etc .. is memorable. Lasts a lifetime.

December 20, 2010 02:57 AM
Linn Christoffersson said...

Hmm.. My favorite thing to eat on christmas must be my grandmothers turkey, which she makes on christamas eve. This is kind of a rare tradition since i live in Sweden, but it’s so incredible nice! (Sorry about my bad english :p)

December 20, 2010 02:58 AM
Mandy McMahan said...

Goodness gracious, this is terrible. But I really look forward to the cranberry sauce from the can. I’ve had other cranberry sauces but I still gravitate to that darned canned cranberry sauce. My 3-year-old daughter loves it too. And my two best friends. So I guess I’m not totally alone. I also love my Slavic grandmother’s stuffing recipe … it’s unique and special and the scent of it is THE thing that speaks CHRISTMAS DINNER to my heart (err … nose?). :)

December 20, 2010 02:59 AM
Wendy Marquis said...

My father in law makes this awesome mashed potato stuffing. I love eating that on Christmas. :o)

December 20, 2010 03:00 AM
Jaime @ Creative Entertaining said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is breakfast. There’s something fun about making breakfast after opening presents and enjoying some baked breakfast treats with loved ones.

Merry Christmas, Bakerella. What a year you’ve had! :-)

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

My parents made king crab and NY steak last year!!! YUMMM!!!

December 20, 2010 03:04 AM
Rosanna said...

My mom makes the best baked ziti and we have it for Christmas every year. So delicious!

December 20, 2010 03:04 AM
Jama said...

You’re cake pops are gorgeous!! On Christmas, we make a big pot of while lightning chili. It’s so easy and tastes so good!

December 20, 2010 03:04 AM
Mindy A said...

This awesome apple cornbread stuffing that a friend made and she has yet to give me the recipe! hint, hint! It’s to die for :)

December 20, 2010 03:04 AM
Zita said...

Our traditional meal on 24 December is Hungarian Fish Soup with spicy paprika, cooked from carp or catfish.

December 20, 2010 03:05 AM
Myra said...

I’m Mexican … So I of course love tamales! If you’ve never heard of them they are like a corn dough with a chile and meat mixture in the middle… They are wrapped in a corn husk and steamed!… Sooo yummy!

December 20, 2010 03:05 AM
Rebekah Withey said...

So…I just now got introduced to the world of Bakerella and cake pops :) I am so excited to try making some…tomorrow in fact! Favorite thing to eat…as an appetizeer…smoked salmon pizza! Homemade pizza crust, cream cheese, parm cheese, garlic, capers, red onion and (of course) smoked salmon…yum delicious! Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 03:06 AM
Déborah said...

My favorite thing to eat at Christmas is lobster !
I’m a new (french) fan of your website and it is just amazing… I can’t wait for trying to bake some pop cakes myself ! I just have to find all the ingredients and tools but I’m not sure I will find them easily in France…
Congratulations !

December 20, 2010 03:06 AM
Megan said...

My favorite holiday food is always the green bean casserole. With fresh or the canned beans, I am always the first person to pile it on my plate!

December 20, 2010 03:06 AM
Stephanie said...

Prime rib and mashed potatoes. The super unhealthy mashed potatoes – laden with butter and garlic. I’m suddenly starving…

December 20, 2010 03:07 AM
Stacie said...

My mother’s homemade cinnamon rolls—going to miss those this year!

December 20, 2010 03:07 AM
CK said...

Unfortunately, I don’t know of another store that sells them :( I might have to make my own this coming year for next Christmas! haha

My favorite thing to eat around the holidays is… mashed sweet potato with marshmallows :) My best friends’ mom makes them, as well my boyfriend :) It’s fantastic haha

December 20, 2010 03:07 AM
Esther said...

I’m Cuban, so my favorite this time of year, enjoyed on Christmas Eve, would have to be my dad’s roast pork!

December 20, 2010 03:08 AM
Anne Freitas said...

At Christmas we’re so OVER turkey from Thanksgiving that we change the menu completely. The only thing that stays the same is mashed taters and cornbread dressing. For a main dish we add MY FAVORITE… baked ham! I don’t do the sugar glaze either.. simple and delightful all the way. As a bonus we moved to NC this year so I get my first Smithfield ham.. I CANNOT WAIT!!

December 20, 2010 03:10 AM
Laura said...

Too hard to pick just one so….Stuffing stuffed Sweet Peppers, sweet potato perogies and dill bread….all topped with a creamy sauce. DELISH!

December 20, 2010 03:11 AM
Joyce said...

My favorite non-sweet thing to eat during Christmas is my sister-in-law’s honey-glazed ham. Yum!

December 20, 2010 03:12 AM
Betty said...

looking forward to some christmas cornbread stuffing!!!

December 20, 2010 03:12 AM
Heidi said...

My mom’s famous chili is the best during Christmas season!

December 20, 2010 03:12 AM
Tanya M. said...

Oh, my favorite holiday foods are of course mostly sweets…but mashed potatoes and gravy is always around at my house on holidays…they’re delicious!

December 20, 2010 03:12 AM
Steffie said...

My favorite is Foie gras and I love salmon with blinis too

December 20, 2010 03:14 AM
Pink Martini said...

I love these guys! My favorite non-sweet thing…non-sweet…hmmm let’s see…non-sweet. To thine own self be true~ it’s sweets all the way! :)

December 20, 2010 03:15 AM
Jill said...

Our main dishes are my 2 favorites – stuffed cabbage and Honey Baked Ham. :)

December 20, 2010 03:16 AM
Monica A.S said...

My favorite Christmas food is bbq chicken pizza. It sounds strange, I know, but every year we have pizza instead of more traditional foods with my Dad’s side of the family. We stuff ourselves with cookies afterward though!

December 20, 2010 03:17 AM
Jackie said...

Tamales are always better on christmas!

December 20, 2010 03:18 AM
Katie said...

My fathers birthday is Christmas Eve. We celebrate his birthday before anything Christmas. We get Pasties and make a huge salad. I just love pasties, and we only order them once a year.

December 20, 2010 03:18 AM
Debi Boz said...

I love cornbread stuffing with gravy on top… that and leftover turkey sandwiches……yummmm

December 20, 2010 03:21 AM
Rachel S. said...

We love Filet Mignon, mashed potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce for dinner. Salivating, just thinking about it!

December 20, 2010 03:21 AM
Beverly Babarovich said...

Definitely prime rib is the favorite here– and if I could cover it with chocolate, I’d be in Heaven.

December 20, 2010 03:22 AM
bitt said...

I love roasted hazelnuts. Or spicy nuts.

December 20, 2010 03:22 AM
Debbie W. said...

I really like anything with sweet potatoes and stuffing. I found a soup recipe that combines the two. Gonna try it this year. Should be interesting.

December 20, 2010 03:23 AM
Norma V. said...

My Mom’s tamales. They’re are truly the best and not your typical small tamales like the Mexican ones. My moms are moist and delicious and a meal in itself.

December 20, 2010 03:24 AM
Janet J. said...

I love mashed sweet potatoes – no sugar or marshmallows – just mashed with butter, salt, pepper, a bit of onion salt and garlic. YUM!

December 20, 2010 03:24 AM
Leisa said...

Hot chestnuts with salt, my favourite.

December 20, 2010 03:24 AM
Colleen said...

Can’t help it, my favorite is always homemade turtles! But also my mother-in-laws bacon wrapped water chestnuts.

December 20, 2010 03:25 AM
Magdalena Vargas said...

My fave thing to eat on Christmas is my moms homemade potatoe salad it is Sooooo GOOD & WAAAAAAAAY BETTER than any store baught kind : )

December 20, 2010 03:25 AM
Tina M J said...

easy. turkey dinner w/ all the trimmings. w/ my moms gravy. mmm.

December 20, 2010 03:26 AM
Jessica said...

That’s easy…TAMALES!!! It’s a family tradition that we do every year on Christmas Eve :) We usually make 80 lbs of masa, 3 different flavors: pork in red chili sauce (my fave), chicken with green chilis black olives and onions, and pepper jack cheese tamales with potatoes and green chilies…but this year we’re adding a 4th flavor! A sweet version with crushed pineapple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins! Can’t wait to try them ALL ;)

December 20, 2010 03:26 AM
Eunice said...


December 20, 2010 03:26 AM
jackie said...

Since it has to be “non sweet”….ham…about the only time i have it !!!!!

December 20, 2010 03:27 AM
Tobi d said...

Beef tenderloin on toasted baquette with red pepper aioli

December 20, 2010 03:27 AM
exodesign said...

I’m so excited for maple glazed ham. Can’t get enough! And homemade meatballs….yummm.

December 20, 2010 03:27 AM
Khanh Cruz said...

We have Prime Rib at my Husband’s family Christmas every year and it’s delicious. Probably the one or two times that I eat it each year, so it is special and I always look forward to it. Also sweet potatoes are my favorite too. Some butter and brown sugar. yum!

December 20, 2010 03:28 AM
Cuppythecake said...

Sugar cookies!!!!

December 20, 2010 03:30 AM
Annie said...

Ham & Cheese crossiants are delicious Christmas food, and go on and on and on with leftovers…. yummo

December 20, 2010 03:31 AM
Deanna said...

This puts new meaning to “visions of sugarplums”.

December 20, 2010 03:31 AM
Viiriainen said...

I’ll go with something very Finnish again: gravlax – basically raw salmon that is layered with loads of salt and dill and left to cure for a few days. Super-yummy on a slice of rye bread.

Hope the soldiers ship safely all the way here ;)

December 20, 2010 03:33 AM
Jenise said...

Look forward to having Velija dinner. It’s a Slovak thing where we have perogies, fish, bean and mushroom soup and other Slovak things that taste great and I cannot spell!!!! :)

December 20, 2010 03:33 AM
Erin Hodgkinson said...

We eat king crab everything Christmas Eve…with tons of butter of course~

December 20, 2010 03:34 AM
Nikki S. said...

My family always makes ham for Christmas, and I also love my grandmother’s “7-up” carrots. AMAZING!

December 20, 2010 03:35 AM
Naomi Elf said...

Christmas lasts approximately a week for us. Each night is a different special homemade meal. My favorite are the amazing pork chops with nectarine / apricot sauce that my mother-in-law makes. I’m salivating just thinking about it!

December 20, 2010 03:35 AM
tracey pezen said...

my favorite food for christmas is prime rib and manicotti, it is what my mom made, i’m not that adventurous though, but when i think of family christmas dinners that is the one.

December 20, 2010 03:37 AM
Kat Sojka said...

My favorite thing to eat is Sausage bread! It has been our family’s traditional Christmas morning breakfast for years. The only thing that has changes is the dough. We used to do the whole home made let it rise, punch it down, let it rise again, roll it out thing… Well, as a new Mom and wife four years ago I decided that since the tradition was past to me, I could play with it. I bought a few rolls of pre made refrigerated pizza crust (you know, the stuff by the cressant rolls and canned biscuits) and used that. I wanted to have more time Christmas morning to spend with my little family. It tasted exactly the same as home made and was so much easier. My mom even approved and that is the method the whole family now uses!

December 20, 2010 03:37 AM
Angie said...

Julie’s decorations are amazing. I have just started my
sweets tree! I only have 3 cupcake ornaments, and 4 on the way in the mail, but I’ve had my eye of several others! I would love to win those adorable little guys, they would go perfectly with my new tree! This holiday we’re going to have a Korean Kristmas! LOL. We love Korean food, such as Bulgogi, so we’re going to have that along with fried rice, white rice, lumpia and some other things.

December 20, 2010 03:37 AM
Kelly Rutherford said...

So many things to choose from…. But I am going to have to go with what I am making for dinner this year. Roasted lamb with rosemary and garlic served with mint jelly. To Die For!

December 20, 2010 03:38 AM
Cooking Gallery said...

My favourite Christmas dinner is German roasted duck/goose with potato dumplings and red cabbage. It’s heavenly, you should have a try…! The nutcracker pops are SO cute! I just can’t resist saying this!! Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 03:39 AM
Chelsea said...

Christmas always smells like baked ham in my house. =] It brings back fond memories, so it’s a tradition staple for us. We cover it in apples and brown sugar and wake up to the most amazing smell.

December 20, 2010 03:39 AM
laura said...

my favorite thing to eat at christmas time is odd but I just love mom’s cheese sauce on califlower

December 20, 2010 03:40 AM
Anonymous said...

I have made a turkey diner for the past 5 years! I love doing all of it!

December 20, 2010 03:40 AM
Kristen said...

I love me some broccoli casserole. Nothing better then broccoli and cheese!

December 20, 2010 03:40 AM
Jenna said...

I can’t wait to eat brown sugar baked ham! The only time a year we get it!

December 20, 2010 03:41 AM
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