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.

Sarah Fedderson said...

Ham, mashed potatoes and gravy and deviled eggs…oh yah olives!

December 20, 2010 03:42 AM
Christine Wong said...

The first person I thought of when I saw these Nutcrackers was my best friend’s mom. She collects them, and I would definitely give these to her. Also, my best friend makes a really tasty hash brown bake. Potatoes, cheese, sour cream.. comfort food at its best :)

December 20, 2010 03:43 AM
Gail said...

These are amazing!

I’m a Texas girl, and my favorite Christmas food will always be tamales.

December 20, 2010 03:44 AM
Susan said...

Oh gosh. Cornbread is what I’m looking forward to most right now… is that weird?

December 20, 2010 03:44 AM
Diana said...

My favorite food for Christmas is a wonderful glazed ham with the pineapple glaze and cloves stuck in. It reminds me of when the whole family would gather and we would scramble to have enough chairs for everyone. It also is so close to Thanksgiving it was a welcome change from turkey. This year I am trying something I’ve never made before. I found a nice New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Wish me luck!

December 20, 2010 03:45 AM
Megan L. said...

This year, I’ll miss having my familys tradition of Honey Baked Ham. Next year, it will be fixed though!

December 20, 2010 03:47 AM
Lillian said...

My favorite thing to eat on Xmas is Rice with Green Peas and Roasted Pork Puertorican style. Followed by a delicous vanilla Flan and rum to put it all down mmmm.

December 20, 2010 03:49 AM
Jillian said...

Beautiful pics! My favorite Christmas food would have to be…Rice and beans w/Roast pork, but most of all my aunt’s famous warm potato salad! Mmmm Delish!! :0

December 20, 2010 03:51 AM
Anonymous said...

My Mama’s Italian stuffed artichokes – so much work, but worth every petal! Thank you for bringing so much sweetness and light into our holidays!

December 20, 2010 03:53 AM
Dawn said...

I love sweet potatoes but this year I’ve joined a produce co-op and we’re getting lots of winter squash and I love, love, love them. By the way, I want an invitation to Julie’s party. Her house is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait til the morning to show my family.

December 20, 2010 03:55 AM
Melanie said...

nanimo bars..made the authentic way(canadian) with birds custard powder and not vanilla pudding mix(yuck!)

December 20, 2010 03:57 AM
Nancy Martel said...

I love to eat turkey and my southern potato casserole.

December 20, 2010 03:57 AM
Monica said...

All I have is sweets on my mind now lol……but my favorite non sweet item would have to be the challah bread my mom makes. She braids it and tops it with garlic and parmesan cheese. It’s very popular at the dinner table and makes wonderful sandwiches with our leftovers.

December 20, 2010 03:58 AM
Marisol said...

My dear fellow Bakerella-
For Christmas, my familia has Pozole!
It’s like a brothy stew that has lots of hominy in it.
It can be made with chicken, or pork or beef.
My family makes it w/ a combination of pork and ox tail.
You then have a bunch of condiments: shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, oregano, lemon wedges and finely chopped onion. Simply delicious, warm and has lots of texture to go with the amazing flavors. You serve with tostadas instead of tortillas.
Give it a try- Rick Bayless has a few great recipes posted. I just make mine from memory the way my mother taught me.
Feliz Navidad!

December 20, 2010 03:59 AM
Alba Morales said...

Non sweet?
i might say tamales!
mexican tamales! Love them!

December 20, 2010 03:59 AM
Sophie Cadieux said...

I loved those little guys. They would look really good in my home!! My favorite christmas meal is turkey! I craved for it already and can’t wait to cook mine!

Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

December 20, 2010 04:00 AM
Mary Kay Nolen said...

LOVED your site!!! Can’t wait until I can make the Oreo truffles.

December 20, 2010 04:02 AM
Jenn S said...

Lasagna has been our tradition but I also love homemade tamales.

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

I look forward to eating spoon bread on Christmas along with HoneyBaked ham. Happy holiday to you and yours.

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

Every year I look forward to our faily’s Feast of the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve. My favorite is lobster ravioli in vodka sauce. However, I will be working the entire weekend so I will be missing it this year. :-(

December 20, 2010 04:03 AM
Meredith Ryncarz said...

My Grandfather’s Turkey Noodles!

December 20, 2010 04:04 AM
nanahoss said...

Rice dressing and candied yams are my favorite.

December 20, 2010 04:06 AM
Lisa said...

wow, I want to be you, you are so talented, you outdid yourself:) My all time favourite would be stuffing!

December 20, 2010 04:07 AM
Beccy @ Two Days Slow said...

I always look forward to boxing day lunch, left over cold meat, cheese, coleslaw, potatoes and pickled onions!

December 20, 2010 04:08 AM
giozi said...

WoW. There is alreaday a lot of comment. Well I left mine.
First. Everything is really gorgeous, pretty and cute. I don’t have words, Just I love them, and of course I love sweet soldiers too. I hope have luck.

I like to eat for christmas lamb. I love lamb, with some baked potatos and some salad, and then some cocktail he he he, maybe with tropical fruit, mango could be, and of course some icecream.

I will go to my mother in law like all christmas here. There we eat a lot of everything.

December 20, 2010 04:08 AM
Susan J. Sias said...

I love to make a wonderful two meat lasagna! Oh, it is so good. I use Italian sausage and beef! Yum! Make a lovely red sauce with the meats. Use a mix of ricotta, mozzerella and dried parmesan and fresh herbs to layer between fresh pasta. Oh, I can hardly wait!! Nothing like it!!

December 20, 2010 04:09 AM
Rachel H said...

Definitely honey baked ham with brown suger! And we turn the leftovers into ham fried rice, ham sandwiches and ham and eggs for breakfast. Deliciousness!!

December 20, 2010 04:09 AM
ALam said...

Turducken! I’m trying to convince my brothers to deep fry one this year… something about no body cavity won’t let it fry… blah, blah…

I canNOT believe its been a year since Cupcake Julie’s last Christmas Party… I so want the 12 foot nutcrackers to stand outside my door!

December 20, 2010 04:13 AM
ashley said...

One of our fav snacks in the afternoon christmas day to hold us over until dinner is a cheese, meat, pickle, cracker tray.

Happy Holidays and have a safe new year!

December 20, 2010 04:13 AM
Alie C said...

Deviled eggs with a little tarragon vinegar. So amazing!

December 20, 2010 04:14 AM
LouAnn said...

My mom’s seasoned pretzels are wonderful. She brings them every year for an appetizer. She buys the Christmas shaped pretzels and seasons them with various herbs and popcorn oil. You seriously cannot eat just one!

December 20, 2010 04:15 AM
Pink MagaLine said...

It’s our Christmas tradition to cook tomato based dishes on Christmas be it pasto, beef or chicken. Ohh.. I want my Christmas dinner already! :)

December 20, 2010 04:16 AM
Linh said...

I love the stuffing.

December 20, 2010 04:18 AM
Katelyn said...

They are so cute and festive :)

December 20, 2010 04:21 AM
Jenni said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is french toast made from Italian Panetone bread. After we open presents we sit around and have a nice long breakfast with this slightly sweeter than usual treat. I can’t wait! :)

December 20, 2010 04:24 AM
bew said...

My favorite thing to eat is tamales. Something to open and something delcious to enjoy!
and i’m definitely going to try those cute lil white trees…how beautiful they are!!!

December 20, 2010 04:25 AM
Anonymous said...

Cranberry and orange relish. I make it every Christmas eve – perfect accompaniment to turkey.

December 20, 2010 04:26 AM
Marge said...

I am torn between crabs and macaroni that we have for Christmas Eve Seven Fish dinner and tradition turkey and stuffing (that we have after soup and pasta on Christmas Day). Turkey and stuffing may be a staple in some homes but for us it is a holiday treat. We eat “Italian” on holidays, I guess being Italian does that to you.

December 20, 2010 04:29 AM
Anita said...

honey ham & pigs in a blanket!! yummyy.

December 20, 2010 04:29 AM
Colleen said...

Aww, those nutcrackers are so sweet! Your friend Julie sounds amazing!
My favorite thing to eat on Christmas would be the sausage gravy and biscuits. Made with Italian sausage and heavy cream, mmm! My family tends to have a big breakfast Christmas morning instead of a big dinner.

December 20, 2010 04:30 AM
Deanne said...

I love to have cranberry pickle on cheese with biscuits :) *sigh* xxx I would to pull off a display like that its beautiful x

December 20, 2010 04:30 AM
Amanda said...

Honey Ham! My absolute favorite next to desserts of course! LOL

December 20, 2010 04:31 AM
Lacie said...

Ham… hot out the oven and cold the next day on sandwiches. It can’t be beat.

December 20, 2010 04:33 AM
Anne said...

Those are INSANE cake pops! They’re soo amazing!! I wish i could make them right now!

December 20, 2010 04:33 AM
danielle forbes said...

Mashed potatoes. Any kind of potato, really, as long as they are loaded with butter and pepper!

December 20, 2010 04:34 AM
Mglòria Pié said...

This is pure luju!
Mglòria from Gourmenderies

December 20, 2010 04:34 AM
Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree said...

I love to have Breakfast Casserole in the fridge for Christmas morning. That way we get up and pop it in the oven right away. It’s something “healthy” ok, not healthy, but not full of sugar either to counteract the sugar that is being consumed ;)

December 20, 2010 04:35 AM
Sophie Gregory said...

My favourite food at Christmas is Cadbury’s Chocolate Fingers, yes they’re sweet but we always eat them for breakfast before opening our presents! Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 04:39 AM
amenda said...

Awsome goodies… favorite non sweet food? Honey glazed Ham creamy Max n cheese n mashed potatoes w lots of butter……mmmmmnw I’m hungry LOL

December 20, 2010 04:39 AM
Shel said...

My neighbor always makes Swedish biscuits. They are the best. My whole family waits for her to come over with them fresh out of the oven.

December 20, 2010 04:44 AM
Lois said...

My family must have Prime Rib for dinner. Another favorite is Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes (a fabulous Paula recipe). Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 04:46 AM
Lindsey P said...

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I’m from Louisiana, but live in Saudi Arabia so it’s necessary to have a taste from home to celebrate this festive season.

December 20, 2010 04:47 AM
Elizabeth said...

We always serve a pasta dish before the main course. We switch it up each year to keep things interesting. Lasagna or ravioli with vodka sauce are my favorites!

December 20, 2010 04:57 AM
Alisha Roper said...

Favorite Non-Sweet Dish is my SIL mom’s baked mac and cheese. Its soooo amazing!

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

I’m a mashed potato and gravy kinda girl! ^.^

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

I like to go for the appetizers…mmmm…stuffed mushroms, mini cheese balls…puff pastry parmasean cheese sticks…mini turkey salad tarts…I have to stop right there… torturing myself…!Love the nutcracker pops…and the white christmas trees. Have a Merry Christmas ..Bakerella.

December 20, 2010 05:04 AM
Sonia said...

What an incredible party! I love cornbread stuffing (which I eat all year round with no shame!). I also picked up a packet of dried and crushed cranberries and pistachios from the Charleston farmers market on year, mixed them with cream cheese and a little bit of vanilla, and made an amazing appetizer dip that goes great with cinnamon sugar or plain pita chips! Another favourite is pumpkin raita, which is a fun American winter twist on an Indian classic. Raita is a traditional Indian yogurt dip served with flatbreads and rice to balance out the spicy curries. Mixing it a little fresh pumpkin makes it perfect for the holidays!

December 20, 2010 05:07 AM
Christina Khem said...

My favorite Christmas food has got to be mash potatoes and gravy with biscuits HANDS DOWN! I LOVE mashed potatoes with gravy. Couldn’t get enough of it. But since I’m asian, and sometimes mom likes to make an asian dish. I’d go with our traditional Cambodian HOTPOT! you should definitely give it a try bakerella!

December 20, 2010 05:07 AM
Hannah said...

WOW. I have never seen something like this. Totally amazing….

December 20, 2010 05:09 AM
Lori said...

I think your friend Julie and my mom should meet! I didn’t think there was someone else out there that enjoyed Christmas decor as much as my mom, but I was wrong! Lol

For Christmas day, we always start out with homemade hot cocoa and oven cheese toast. Then for lunch it’s prime rib, twice baked potatoes and creamed spinach;-)

December 20, 2010 05:12 AM
Allison Steele said...

Wow… I didn’t think it’d be this hard to think of a favorite food that’s not sweet! I think I’d have to say green bean casserole.

December 20, 2010 05:12 AM
Astarie said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas and just about any other day is my aunts Macaroni and Cheese.Its ooey gooey cheesy goodnes!

December 20, 2010 05:15 AM
Emily Murdock said...

I, too, love stuffing. And more, I think I’m a lover of savory scones (that’s ‘biscuits’ in the US) and mushroom gravy. Mmm.

December 20, 2010 05:15 AM
Melanie said...

My grandma’s cheese fondue!

December 20, 2010 05:19 AM
osarah said...

My favorite holiday treats are all sweet! Though this one is sweet, it still involves “normal” food, so I think you can count it. I really like sweet potato and apple casserole. The recipe I use is from the Winning Rcipes from Taste of Home cookbook and involves sweet potatoes, tart apples, oj, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and butter.

December 20, 2010 05:21 AM
Paulette said...

My favorite is Holiday mash potatoes and Lamb , love it. Plus wedding soup and pasta. Now that is my favorite food for Christmas. Now I am hungry. LOL Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs Paulette

December 20, 2010 05:25 AM
Stephanie said...

Your double cake poops are great. They make me want to attempt a snowman! Is that too overzealous? My favorite thing to eat is ham.

December 20, 2010 05:26 AM
Deb said...

My sister makes the best green bean casserole & also cheesy potato bake. I always hope she brings atleast 1 of these to our meal.

December 20, 2010 05:28 AM
Katie said...


Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 05:29 AM
christy said...

My favorite thing is my Mom’s yams….I just lot how she keeps them simple and sweet. Whole yams, boiled and then peeled and chopped into large chunks….then tossed in cream, white sugar and brown sugar…baked…YUM!

December 20, 2010 05:31 AM
Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

Sausage balls… oh my! My mom started making them years ago and now they are a family favorite. It’s somewhat like a mini buscuit, but loaded with cheese and cooked sausage before being baked. Our recipe is from an ancient community cookbook, but I hear Paula Dean has one out too. I love the white trees! I made Santa pops (made out of Oreos because of my son’s food allergy) this weekend with my boys and it was a great deal of fun. Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 05:33 AM
lizette french said...

As we are in summer at Christmas time, I love prawns and a variety if salads

December 20, 2010 05:33 AM
Leigh said...

My favorite is cornbread stuffing…this recipe has been passed down for generations and I always think of my mom & grandmother who both taught me how to make it

December 20, 2010 05:35 AM
Joy B said...

We enjoy Christmas ham made in the crock pot. I just throw it in, add some pineapple juice, and by dinnertime, the meat is done and so tender.

Love the little soldiers!


December 20, 2010 05:35 AM
Eva F. said...

A Norwegian thing called “pinnekjøtt” :)

December 20, 2010 05:37 AM
Sinful Southern Sweets said...

We started getting away from the traditional ham dinner a few years ago. We now enjoy prime rib with au jus. I think it was a divine swap!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 20, 2010 05:38 AM
mel said...

we live in tropical north queensland (austrlia) with very hot xmas days so we spend the day in the pool having cold cuts (ham, beef, chicken, turkey) and salads for lunch and then have a seafood smorgesboard for dinner….prawns, balmain bugs, squid, lobster, fish, crabs..either hot or cold….the best way to have xmas

i so love your blog maybe oneday soon i might actually make something

December 20, 2010 05:38 AM
Kayleigh said...

my dad’s gumbo! a little non-traditional, but its my favorite!

December 20, 2010 05:38 AM
Michelle said...

We just had a Christmas party and had pulled pork sandwiches. They were so good and hopefully we will have them again next year. :)

December 20, 2010 05:40 AM
Fiona said...

What an amazing Christmas party! My ultimate Christmas food is a a turkey breast stuffed with apricots, and served with all the trimmings.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2011 xx

December 20, 2010 05:42 AM
Clare said...

My non-sweet fav has to be roast potatoes & Yorkshire pud mmmmmm!

December 20, 2010 05:44 AM
chris said...

For years my family had the traditional turkey dinner, but we always filled up on appetizers and the dinner was met with groans instead of glee. So, now we just have appetizers and desserts. An old favorite is Man Dip – cream cheese spread in a pie plate, topped with canned chili and heated up topped with cheese – it’s called Man Dip b/c only the guys eat it. We girls love curry dip and veggies – more room for dessert that way!

December 20, 2010 05:44 AM
kim said...

prime rib and yorkshire pudding, I look forward to it all year!

December 20, 2010 05:44 AM
Morgana said...

I love love love green bean casserole. I love the way my mom makes it and I love the new way I make it. Oh and no french’s onion bits but the ones from Trader Joe’s are much better.

December 20, 2010 05:45 AM
linda said...

this post is a wonderland of fantasy & fun & such creativity!
i adore your new christmas tree pops & your double solider pops are amazing!
thank you for sharing cupcake julie’s home & decorations with us…fabulous & what a treat…i remember being awed last year but, this year’s setting is “sweeter” in e very way!
i will be eating fish using restraint until dessert!!

December 20, 2010 05:49 AM
Melanie said...

I love baked sweet potato! I guess u could consider it sweet though…
In New Zealand we call them Kumara!
My mom doesn’t mash them but keeps them in thick slices, bakes them and makes an amazing maple syrup glaze to go with it! It goes GREAT with the delicious brown sugar ham she makes too!

December 20, 2010 05:50 AM
Julie said...

My husband makes a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. It is a Southern Living recipe and involves cheese, eggs, and sausage rolled up in flour tortillas….YUM!

December 20, 2010 05:50 AM
JOANN said...

Traditionally, we have more of a Christmas breakfast that we look forward too. Eggs, hash browns, bacon, biscuits, gravy, cinnamon rolls, grits, french toast or pancakes ..something for everyronel…but this year, I think we’ll have some Turkey breast which I LOVE ( with trimmings )

December 20, 2010 05:50 AM
Lucy Dodd said...

We love to have a turkey and potato pie later in the week, with lots of creamy mash and cheese on top! Even better if you have some leftover veg to put in it or even on the side :)

December 20, 2010 05:50 AM
Leanna said...

My favorite thing is not the food but the friends and family. My sister-in-law is in a nursing home and we will be eating there with her. The food won’t matter but her smile will. Love the decorations in this post. I think I gained weight just looking at them.
(BTW I make my pasties with puff pastry..kinda makes them like meat turnovers)

December 20, 2010 05:51 AM
Melaina25 said...

For me I love to have a “Mermaids” dinner on Christmas Eve with Taco Dip, Terrayaki Potato Skins and other yummy apps!

December 20, 2010 05:53 AM
Maree said...

We all fight over my mum’s stuffing, so now she actually makes a loaf of stuffing as extra. Its even better the next day on sandwiches.

Christmas Day in Australia is insanely HOT, so in the afternoon we enjoy prawn & mango skewers and fruity cocktails in the pool :)

December 20, 2010 05:54 AM
Honeybun said...

one Year i made my family lamp chops with green curry from a jamie oliver recipe ( i luuuuv jamie oliver recipes!!) everyone loved it but i didn’t have one bite because it had loads of cilantro and i that christmas is found out that i cannot stand it!

December 20, 2010 05:54 AM
Tammy T said...

Baked pineapple rolled in cinnamon sugar. The tart and sweet together is great with a prime rib.

December 20, 2010 05:54 AM
ruth said...

My mother-in-law makes the most amazing goats cheese and caramelised onion filo parcels for starters on Christmas day. I could eat every single one!

Happy Christmas!

December 20, 2010 05:55 AM
jina said...

For Christmas I like to eat this korean rice cake soup. Delicious soup with small sliced rice cake, some eggs, and more other delicious stuff. Sometimes I put dumplings in it too. mmm…

December 20, 2010 05:57 AM
Budoh said...

Beef stew with mash potatoes or brown rice… The thought of it warms my stomach on this cold day!

December 20, 2010 05:58 AM
Maureen said...

Apricot and pine nut stuffing balls. They are delicious.

December 20, 2010 05:59 AM
Anonymous said...

My favorite thing to eat is ham…Oh how I love ham. I love having left overs and nibbling on it all day too.

December 20, 2010 06:00 AM
Aly said...

My aunt makes this AMAZING roast pork that is to die for.. and every year I eat wayyyy too much.. it’s DELISH!

December 20, 2010 06:01 AM
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