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.

Rachel Donald 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 06:01 AM
Jenney said...

My mothers made from scratch dressing is my favorite dish For Christmas and year round (if I ask her really nicely to cook it for me)! I have got to learn to make this dressing for my family!
I love the new cake pops! Cute!

December 20, 2010 06:01 AM
lemon said...

Love mince pies this season!

December 20, 2010 06:01 AM
Ashley said...

Ham and cheese casserole – the traditional breakfast for my family.

December 20, 2010 06:03 AM
Becky Daniel said...

Cheesecake!!! cheesecake and more Cheesecake

December 20, 2010 06:03 AM
Diane P. said...

The Pioneer Woman’s brisket!

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

My favorite thing to eat is chicken and dumplings. It’s so yummy. It’s a lot of preparation, but in the end, it’s worth the work.

December 20, 2010 06:05 AM
Sam said...

Yorkshire Puddings are a must on Christmas day

December 20, 2010 06:05 AM
erin said...

Home made Chex Mix, doesn’t feel like Christmas until you smell it baking in the oven!

December 20, 2010 06:07 AM
Ambar said...

Last cristmas we had broiled chicken, Arroz con gandules (rice and beans), but my favorite is Pasteles. its a combination of grated green banana, green plantain, and is seasoned with liquid from the meat mixture, milk, and annatto oil, contains pork shoulder, ham, bacon, raisins, potatos, chickpeas, olives, and capers seasoned with bay leaves, recaito, tomato sauce, adobo seco, and annatto oil.
Sooooooo goooooood!!!!!!

December 20, 2010 06:08 AM
KayVonne said...


December 20, 2010 06:09 AM
Denise said...

Sausage biscuits & gravy @ my parents house Christmas morning. mmmmmmmmmm

December 20, 2010 06:09 AM
lizzy said...

moms homemade sausage rolls, lasagna and roast potatoes..

December 20, 2010 06:09 AM
erin said...

Home made Chex Mix! Doesn’t feel like Christmas until I have some!

December 20, 2010 06:09 AM
marilyn said...

All of the casserole…broccoli, green bean, MAC and cheese…

December 20, 2010 06:09 AM
Gabrielle Kime said...

It would be a toss up between Green bean casserole and Mashed red skin potatoes. Yummm

December 20, 2010 06:11 AM
Bev Burrows said...

My favourite food to eat during the holidays is “pigs in blankets” with home made bread sauce.Yummy!!

December 20, 2010 06:12 AM
Maria said...

I’m Greek & so my favourite thing to eat on Christmas is a mince-meat based turkey stuffing that we traditionally have in Greece. It includes chestnuts, raisins/sultanas, lots of pinenuts, dried apricots & lots of brandy.

December 20, 2010 06:12 AM
Emily said...

I just love simple easy freshly dug new potatoes boiled and topped with a dollop of butter….my Nan and I always fight over who gets to sit closest to the bowl!!

December 20, 2010 06:14 AM
Sally Alton said...

I love the classic ham and rolls. Can’t beat it!

December 20, 2010 06:14 AM
Erin M. said...

Its so a tie between lasagna, honeybaked ham, and corn casserole. Seriously, I think I like Christmas just for the food, its like a mini-thanksgiving!

December 20, 2010 06:14 AM
Kelly said...

I love the picture of the macaroons! They look like Necco wafers on that cake plate!

I like to eat snacky stuff…I make a marinated cheese platter that is de-lish, very festive and always garners “mmmm-so good!” from party go-ers!

December 20, 2010 06:15 AM
Jennie said...

We always have a brunch and I first go to the sausage and egg casserole!

December 20, 2010 06:15 AM
Mel said...

My favorite would have to be Christmas breakfast, some kind of casserole WITH a mimosa!

December 20, 2010 06:16 AM
Ally said...

Chinese food (like all jews on Christmas).

December 20, 2010 06:17 AM
Kassy said...

My grandmother’s rolls!

December 20, 2010 06:17 AM
Robin Collier said...

I am a pure sugar girl……..lady but I do enjoy sausage cheese balls and the Knorr spinich dip. Please enter me for the beautiful…….handsome soldiers. I am thinking about making the nutcracker soldier cake pops because my grandaughter l-o-v-e-s nut cracker soldiers and goes to see the Nutcracker play each Christmas.

December 20, 2010 06:17 AM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

i am obsessed with the nutcracker cake pops! my favorite non-sweet food is chili, maybe not a “holiday” food, but the most comforting cold-weather dish!

December 20, 2010 06:18 AM
meagan said...

my mom’s stuffing… it is gloriously flavored with more sage than you can imagine… it is heaven…

December 20, 2010 06:18 AM
Amy said...

brocolii cassarole and no I’m not crazy :)

December 20, 2010 06:22 AM
Darla said...

We’ve started a recent tradition of having my husband’s homemade pizza on Christmas and it’s the best! We’re a military family, and rarely get to see out extended families for the holidays, so it’s fun to relax with fresh pizza and have a non-stressful day.

December 20, 2010 06:23 AM
Lorrie Gauthier said...

Root vegetable mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. Yum!

December 20, 2010 06:23 AM
Teddie said...

I love to eat clementines on Christmas! Such a simple fruit, but so easy to peel and delicious!

December 20, 2010 06:24 AM
Donna said...

We have a tradition in my family. We have a great brunch Christmas morning with scrambled egg bake, bagels, coffee, juice and cookies. Then about supper time the men run out and get Chinese food. It is the only place open on Christmas where we live.

December 20, 2010 06:24 AM
Lauren said...

Ham! A good ol’ honey spiral ham makes me happy. And so do those white Christmas tree cake pops.

December 20, 2010 06:25 AM
Mary said...

My faves are actually sweet, but since you want something non-sweet…spiral country ham on biscuits! I can almost taste it now :)

December 20, 2010 06:25 AM
Mary A said...

Non-sweeet! That is a hard one. I would have to say Mac n’ cheese with Gruyère and really sharp cheddar. Thanks for the giveaway.

December 20, 2010 06:27 AM
PaveiPhotos said...

I love some good ol honey baked ham on chrsitmas!

December 20, 2010 06:27 AM
Gina Bianchi said...

What a party, looked fabulous! My favorite is pork tenderloin with a butternut squash riosotto, creamy and comforting!

December 20, 2010 06:27 AM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

Wow, Cupcake Julie outdid her self again this year! Love all the decor and that upside down tree is amazing! You also outdid yourself with the nutcracker cake pops, they look identical to the real thing, you are amazing!

December 20, 2010 06:28 AM
catherine said...

My favourite thing to eat at Christmas would have to be my Nana’s homemade cranberry sauce. Give me a spoon and step away from the jar :)

December 20, 2010 06:29 AM
Haley said...

When I was 7 or 8 years old, my mom asked what I wanted for Christmas dinner and my response was “pulled pork sandwiches!”, every year since then that’s what she has made. Yumm.

December 20, 2010 06:30 AM
Jennie said...

My mother in laws stuffed shrimp! Ooohhh, I can hardly wait! =)

December 20, 2010 06:31 AM
Susan said...

We have breakfast casserole and cheesy potatoes for breakfast and then steak for dinner.

December 20, 2010 06:31 AM
Lexie said...

My husband makes yummy rime rib every x-mas eve, which is definitely something to look forward to. I am an appetizer girl, though-I love all that terrible for you munchie stuff and am usually too full for dinner!

December 20, 2010 06:32 AM
sharon said...

There is nothing quite like a plain roasted chicken. After all the sweets, a really simple but satisfying dish.

December 20, 2010 06:32 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Homemade mac and cheese!

December 20, 2010 06:33 AM
Kim said...

I think my favorite food @ Christmas is the pot roast that I put the slow cooker early in the morning and that way I can enjoy my entire day and not worry about cooking.

December 20, 2010 06:34 AM
Kate said...

My mother-in-law’s creamed spinach!!

December 20, 2010 06:34 AM
Lindsay said...

Oh my heavens! I remember your post about Cupcake Julie last year!

I love our Christmas Eve tradition – a big lasagna dinner after Children’s Mass. My dad makes the lasagna every year and it is fabulous!

December 20, 2010 06:34 AM
Bethany said...

I love a good hearty breakfast — eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, yum!

December 20, 2010 06:34 AM
Tina said...

I love sweet potatoes during the holidays.

December 20, 2010 06:35 AM
Tara said...

Wow those pictures are spectacular and the party looks so magical! That sounds like so much fun! I’m just so excited to have my husband come back from his deployment for 12 days, he’s the only thing I wanted this year! Those nutcrackers are lovely:).

December 20, 2010 06:35 AM
Katrina said...

I like to eat the stuffing from the turkey! It’s always been my favorite :)

December 20, 2010 06:36 AM
Kathy Guy said...

I Love Southern MD Stuffed Ham. Its a corn ham stuffed with cut up cabbage, kale, onion, and red pepper. Love Love It. Merry Christmas

December 20, 2010 06:37 AM
Mary Red said...

I love sausage balls & spinach artichoke dip at Christmas open houses. This year our Christmas dinner will be lasagna & baked zita.

December 20, 2010 06:38 AM
Cyndi said...

Prime Rib!!

December 20, 2010 06:39 AM
brittany w said...

My favorite nonsweet thing to eat at Christmas is my grandpa’s homemade biscuits and his cream corn. Yum!

December 20, 2010 06:39 AM
-p- said...

sweet potato casserole

December 20, 2010 06:40 AM
Kerry said...

My fav is my husband’s cajun fried turkey, my mom’s twice baked potatoes and my corn pudding (ok, that one’s a little sweet but I couldn’t help it).

Love the white tree cake pops…kind of reminds me of some of the ornaments I painted this year.

December 20, 2010 06:41 AM
Jennifer said...

My favorite thing to eat is anything that my mom cooks! She changes the menu each year and every time it is delicious! This year she is making flambe stuffed chicken breasts. Mmmm.

These soldiers are too cute! We are moving to a wonderful new house in January and these would be perfect! Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 06:42 AM
Ben said...

Cool-I love ham and pie

December 20, 2010 06:43 AM
Judy said...

My favorite thing to eat during the holidays would have to be tamales. It’s fun trying different ones from many different ppl around me. I also love making them with my family at home :-)

December 20, 2010 06:44 AM
rebekahg said...

My mom makes sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. We all take our families and head over on Christmas morning. Mmmmm! Merry Christmas to you!

December 20, 2010 06:44 AM
Mary Vogel said...

Non-sweet, huh? Is there such a thing at the holidays? Would have to be standing rib roast on Christmas day.

December 20, 2010 06:45 AM
Macey said...

I love all of the sweets that add up to Christmas day. Cheese balls with crackers are a hit!

December 20, 2010 06:45 AM
Jan said...

I love ham for the leftovers; scalloped potatoes and ham sandwiches for days…

December 20, 2010 06:46 AM
Judy said...

Homemade pierogies – especially the sauerkraut ones.

December 20, 2010 06:47 AM
JoAnne said...

My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is our traditional “opening of the gifts” food….. we make a sausage egg casserole that is prepared on Christmas Eve and just pop it into the oven Christmas morning…. and to drink, we make from scratch a Russian Tea my Aunt Louise starting making many years ago. It requires prep a day before and makes the whole house smell soooooo good. Takes me back to a more tender age.

December 20, 2010 06:47 AM
Lynn @ Loco Cocoa's Treats said...

My fave non-sweet thing to eat on Christmas is a toss up between fried oysters (a family tradition) and country ham. Delish, to be non-sweet!

December 20, 2010 06:47 AM
Mallory said...

Leftover ham/turkey sandwiches!

December 20, 2010 06:48 AM
Norma said...

Sweet potato casserole. I found a new recipe this year and it rocks!

December 20, 2010 06:48 AM
andrea young said...

my grandfather’s shrimp cocktail!
Everything is to personal taste…
bay shrimp (small)
cocktail sauce
dash of hot sauce
celery (diced)
green onion diced
fresh lemon juice

mix all the wet ingredients to taste add shrimp & veggies serve chilled! YUMMMM!!!

December 20, 2010 06:48 AM
Valerie said...

We traditionally have lasagna and it’s one of my favorites!

December 20, 2010 06:48 AM
chelle sines said...

Finger foods… Cheese & fruit, warm & creamy artichoke dip, crab dip… spinach trianges, mini coconut chicken bundles.. All things that can be made up ahead of time & popped in the oven on Christmas day! Makes much less fuss and easier clean up!

December 20, 2010 06:49 AM
carla said...

Christmas ham dinner.

December 20, 2010 06:49 AM
reg said...

I just LOVE mashed red potatoes whipped with heavy cream!! I only make them at Christmas…skim milk the rest of the year. I figure if you can’t splurge at Christmas, when can you???

December 20, 2010 06:49 AM
Nikki said...

Everyone is in such a rush on Christmas day, they forget the all important breakfast, or think they don’t have time to complete it. You can make a really quick, simple and tasty breakfast ring using ready made croissant dough. Lay the triangles out in a ring with the widest parts in the middle, spread the ring with a breakfast filling of your choice, it needs to be about two inches deep. I like to use lightly cooked scrambled egg with chopped lean ham and grated cheese. Then fold the croissant ends in to the middle and seal. Brush lightly with milk and pop in the oven (temperatures on the croissant dough carton) Pretty soon you will have a mighty good looking and tasty breakfast that takes literally 5 minutes to make and feeds up to 8 people!
You can also use this recipe with a turkey cranberry and stuffing filling after Christmas to use up leftovers!
Hope everyone has a brilliant festive season
Nicola x

December 20, 2010 06:49 AM
Linda said...

My Mom makes the most delicious pasta salad one can dream of. I’m always looking forward to eat it at christmas.

December 20, 2010 06:50 AM
Julie said...

It may seem a bit odd but I make corned beef and cabbage every Christmas and I can’t wait for it again this year! :)

December 20, 2010 06:50 AM
aussiemarina said...

being summer here in australia at christmas time…….i have to say i love cherries !!!!!!!! i usually buy a 5kilo box and we can finish them off in a few days !!!!!!!!! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

merry christmas everyone……..

December 20, 2010 06:51 AM
Ellen said...

I love the soldiers and your double tier pops.
My favorite Christmas recipe is Laurie Colwin’s
Creamed Spinach. I think it’s on

December 20, 2010 06:51 AM
Jessica said...

My favorite non-sweet thing to eat on Christmas is cheese. I love cheese. Every year for Thanksgiving & Christmas I make a large assorted cheese tray. I buy a huge selection of different cheeses and cut them into different shapes and designs. It’s something that I look forward to every year.

December 20, 2010 06:51 AM
Laurie Parker said...

Mac and Cheese – baked. We can’t have a holiday meal without it.

December 20, 2010 06:51 AM
BethieofVA said...

My vanilla bean whipped sweet potatoes!!!!

December 20, 2010 06:51 AM
Jennifer said...

Turkey, it is a tradition in my husband’s family. You can only eat Turkey!

December 20, 2010 06:52 AM
Meridith said...

We always have goose on Christmas. A lot like duck but richer. Yum!

December 20, 2010 06:52 AM
Carrie c said...

I love having herb roasted turkey for Christmas dinner.

December 20, 2010 06:53 AM
Sophie said...

Turkey stuffing!

December 20, 2010 06:53 AM
Nadia Pereira said...

My favourite is our Christmas Eve seafood dinner. Which includes seafood risotto, codfish, shrimp, crab and clams….just to name a few!!

December 20, 2010 06:53 AM
Heather Tucker said...

My absolute favorite real food this time of year (and the only time of year I indulge in it) is stuffing!

December 20, 2010 06:56 AM
Jennlm said...

I LOVE these nutcrackers! They would be very welcome in my home. As for food, I look forward to all the creamy, cheesey, gooey side dishes – green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, sweet pototoes. Why do we only eat that stuff once a year?? It’s so good!

December 20, 2010 06:56 AM
Rose said...

Homemade sausage at moms house.

December 20, 2010 06:56 AM
JenBallz said...

So cute! What a great party-scape! My favorite thing to eat at Christmas is the appetizer I’ve made every year since I got married – hot, cheesy crab dip!!

December 20, 2010 06:56 AM
Kristen said...

Christmas breakfast my Dad would make every year – no one can make eggs like my Dad …o.k. my mother-in law’s are really good too, and I just don’t ever make myself breakfast otherwise! Not like that anyway :)

Merry Christmas Bakerella! Thank you for all that you share!!

December 20, 2010 06:57 AM
Debra said...

For the last several years (ever since the children saw “The Christmas Story”) we go out for Chinese on Christmas day.

December 20, 2010 06:57 AM
Mirele said...

I love to eat salted cod made Portuguese style! (a Brazilian tradition)

December 20, 2010 06:57 AM
Michelle said...

Lefse…it is the one time each year that I go through the “trouble” of making it to serve alongside our turkey dinner.

December 20, 2010 06:57 AM
Jessica said...

My favorite is a pile of mashed potatoes and then you make a hole in the middle, fill it with corn and then put gravy over the whole thing!! Delightful!!!

December 20, 2010 06:57 AM
Gayl said...

I love all of the “sides,” so I will say the twice baked potatoes…mmmmm! Thanks, Bakerella!

December 20, 2010 06:58 AM
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