I have this friend. My friend loves cupcakes. I mean, really loves cupcakes. Her name is Julie. I like to call her Cupcake Julie. She doesn’t know that though. Well, maybe now she does. When she invited me to her Christmas Party this year, I was really excited because I knew she would have some sweet decorations. But, never… never did I expect to see such a visual delight. Let’s just say, when I walked in… I felt right at home… and I didn’t want to leave… ever. Each room was filled with candy and sweets and yes, cupcakes! And I’m not just talking about what there was to eat. I’m talking about the decorations. Here are some of the pictures I took … in low light. Sorry, they don’t come close to doing the decorations justice, but they’ll give you a good idea.


This is Julie’s tree. It is stunning. And it’s guarded by her very own Colonel Cupcake. I think I’m in love.


Another view. I think I want to cry. This is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.


Until I saw this. This is her dessert table. It’s gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! She made lots and lots of sweets.


Including cake pops! Oh yeah – one tiny little detail. She also made the house.


She needed a little something to serve her brownies on. She’s crafty like that.


Stunning! Lollipops and cupcakes and candy canes and all. She did all of the decorating down to every last detail.

Julie’s collected many of these decorations over the years, but she also makes a lot of them.


She made these stockings, too.


I don’t think she made this. But seriously, where does someone find sugar cone castles?


And chocolate covered strawberries…


…and sparkling chocolate cake ornaments? She will be getting a full interrogation soon.


Look at these Gingerbread men! Ummm… she made them, too. They were shipping boxes in their former lives. They are much happier now.


I love the colors. So cheerful and fun and the inspiration for the cupcakes I made last weekend.


This was a sweet surprise. She also has a Lollidoll figurine like the one I have from the Lollipop Workshop.


She even has some Jenny Holiday artwork. Okay, now I’m going to have to get one of these paintings, too. I’ve been trying to resist, but no longer.

Having fun yet?

Well, prepare yourself for this.

Julie has a miniature play cupcake bakery.


It’s completely as cute as it looks. Get this… Julie and her husband made it. The stand, the awning, everything.

And Julie made all of the cupcakes on display, too. They are made of felt and they are beautiful.

Right about here, I started to feel like a real slacker. I mean seriously. I’ve got to learn how to sew or something.


Sugar cookies and cakes… oh my.

By the way. Julie doesn’t do any of this for a living. Not a bit. Her day job is the complete opposite of her passion.

She does all of this for fun and because she really loves cupcakes and making people smile. She’s the sweetest.


In front of the bakery is the cutest little table with wood block ice cream sundaes. I’m definitely shopping in the wrong places.

Okay, just a few more decorations. The sugar coma will be over soon, I promise.


In her kitchen is a display of glass jars filled with the brightest candies.


I think this made me smile the biggest… The jars and the candy stay on display all year long. That just makes me happy.

Here’s something else that makes me happy.


See this toy soldier nutcracker guy?

Well, he’s really tall.

And he’s not alone… there’s two of them.


They guard the outside of the house. And, ummmm… she and her hubby made them, too…from scratch.

They’re not quite done yet. The hats will be finished off … as cupcakes no less – and they’ll either be holding candy canes or lollipops. Love that!

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I just had to share. I love learning about people’s untapped talents and Julie has many of them.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make a two-story toy soldier. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks or ten.

NOTE: A lot of you have asked if Julie has a blog. I’m sorry to say, no she doesn’t. And no etsy store either. I told ya … she really just does this kind of stuff because she loves it. But, maybe I can convince her to show us a few things in the future. I’ll work on her.

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540 comments on “Candyland”

  1. Oh my gosh. Its amazing! I definitely want to go there =D.

  2. WHOA, now those are some major decorations! I don’t think I would have wanted to leave either! Beautiful tour Angie, thanks for sharing :) Have a great Christmas!

  3. Wow! That is too cute for words! Happy Christmas Bakerella, thank you for the joy over this past year that you have bought me and my best mate, Nadia.
    Lots of love have a great 2010!

  4. WOW!! Too cute for words! The tree, the bakery, the Jenny Holiday art work! Can some one invite me!

  5. OMG! This is complete craziness! I love candy, therefore I LOVE all the details! AMAZING! My favorite – the fabric sugar cookies! This would be every little girls dream! AAAhhh…I can’t stop looking at the pics – it’s like a fairytale, yet it REALLY exists! {heart} it! Way to go Julie!

  6. Wow. Beautiful. And amazing. And I think I have diabetes now. :)

  7. I think I’ve dreamed of a place like that! I bet it smelled delicious! :)

  8. Thanks for sharing. Is Julie accepting friendships?!
    Merry Christmas. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2010.

  9. my girls are jumping up and down asking when we can go… :O) LOL
    that is amazing!

  10. WOW! Just…WOW!

  11. oh! my god!! your friend is amayzing!

    you´ve just made me so happy with these pics.

    love you bakerella!
    happy holydays!!

  12. Ummm hello, that’s like the most awesome place I’ve ever seen!

  13. Wow, that is amazing!! I don’t even have the space to store all those wonderful decorations let alone the time to make them all. Just incredible.

  14. OMG! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that !! Can I be friends with Cupcake Julie?

  15. What a wonderland! Thanks for the tour. Have a wonderful Christmas Bakerella!

  16. All I can say is WOW!! What a talented lady. I love the cupcake stand!!!

  17. oh. my. goodness.

  18. Geez Louise! I can’t believe that’s somebody’s house. I think I’d have to move right in next to that cupcake soldier man and guard the other side of the tree or something.

  19. get this lady some exposure! i think this should be her day job. seriously. does homegirl have a blog?

  20. Absolutely speechless. I’m am in AWWWW! Thank you for sharing such a wonder and creative display. O-M-G!!!!!!

  21. oh! my! stars!! how awesome is this!! she’s uber talented! :) thanks for the inspiration! i’ve gotta get busy! :) Merry Christmas.

  22. Oh my goodness – it’s incredible! What a visual delight.

  23. I was also one of the lucky party guests – so yes! I was hanging with Bakerella, Cupcake Julie and all these amazing decorations. It was even more incredible than the pics show. You walk in and your jaw drops!! Thanks for posting Bakerella – I’ve been waiting ever since that night to see the shots. We’ll keep working on Cupcake Julie, maybe she’ll adopt us afterall!

  24. That is completely amazing. Please tell me that house is made out of wood or fabric or something. I will cry if that is gingerbread. I seriously will.

    What an amazing talent your friend has.

  25. Hi! I had to post – this made me squeal- it looks AMAZING! :)
    I did a search for the decorations and found cakes and strawberries at:

    It’s a shame I don’t live in the US :(

    Anyway I love this blog- thanks for all the recipes! Happy Holidays!

  26. I bet this is what kids vision in their sleep…….

  27. Hansel and Gretel’s Candy house really do exist!!!!

  28. I would LOVE to walk through a house decorated like that!

    But … she must not have young kids, right? I manage to bake and cook a lot with three kids (aged 5, 3 and 1), but I couldn’t pull off anything like that!

    I feel like I should brush my teeth now, from seeing so much sugar …

  29. I want to live there forever!! <3

  30. Holy moly!!! My teeth ache from all the sugar just looking at it all. But it’s beautiful!!!


    That’s amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. And gorgeously delicious!!!

  32. WOW…just…WOW. I want them to adopt me

  33. So inspriing. Her husband and her need to quit their day jobs and follow their passion.

    This kind of creativity needs to be experienced by everyone.

  34. That all looks so deliciously amazing! She’s incredibly talented and creative. No wonder you two are friends. ;)
    Looking at her decorations makes me with there was a Candyland-based theme park. That would be my idea of heaven :)

  35. Ummmm…..WOW?

  36. Good heavens, I want a friend like that! YUM.

  37. OH MY GOOOODNESS!!! Your friend is AMAAAZING!!! Quick! Someone call the Foodnetwork and get her on a Holiday special!!! Seriously!

  38. i am speechless..WOW

  39. that is awsome!!!! She better have a room ready for me!

  40. WOW!!!! That is absolutely breath-taking! I am beyond jealous of everyone that got to see that in person! Cupcake Julie and Mr. Cupcake Julie have such amazing talents!

  41. Wow. Are these people from another planet who just really love Xmas? I mean, W-O-W! Well, at least now I have something to aspire too. Yeah, I think I might be done with my two-story soldiers just in time for next christmas! Do you think you’re buddy will share his building plans? LOL

  42. WOW! The decorations and goodies are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  43. holy cannoli. truly amazing. martha stewart needs to do a spread on her.. she must start a blog….



  45. Oh my gosh, I am completely in looooove. That is amazing!!!

  46. I think her tree is cluttered and ugly. It just does not look right at all. Other then that she is very dedicated to her hobbies.

  47. Wow! That is the most wonderful thing I have seen. How talented is she??? I have just told my husband that I want 2 Toy Soldiers guarding my front door for next Christmas. We betterget started on boxing day – LOL!

  48. Gorgeous!!!! She should open a sweet shoppe so she could keep those gorgeous decorations up ALL year!

  49. WOW! :) I love cupcakes too! That looks like an awesome party, and those soldiers are made from scratch?! Anyways, thanks for the tour. And merry Christmas!

  50. Oh my word..that is the most beautiful party I have ever seen!

  51. Holy cow! Julie and her Hubby are AWESOME! She should charge admission. lol!

  52. Ohhhh myyyy gosh! That is the most incredible display I have ever seen! That is what I strive to be. I am speechless I am so in awe. I only want to know one thing, where in the world does she store this all the rest of the year? Oh and does she train other people’s husbands so that they will want to help create things like this too? Love!

  53. You were not kidding. She does need an entire post. My 10 year old just finished making the Christmas tree cupcakes. She did a great job you should check them out. Thanks for inspiring her, she had a great time in the kitchen and can’t wait to give them as gifts. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  54. OMG! What an amazing place and what an amazing woman. I think I would love it if she helped style my parties LoL

  55. wow! wow!! that is amazing! thank you for the pictures and please tell Julie Thank You for sharing!

  56. Holy frijoles! ….is it bad that the first thing I thought when I saw the giant soldiers was “where the heck do youstore something that big?” and that I couldn’t imagine a house (that I could live in) with a permanent display of candies…I’d be constantly having to fill them up! (not to mention a hundred pounds bigger). Wow. Amazing!

    My man would gag if our house was all pink and sparkly.

  57. I think I am in love. I only wish my hubby would help me build cool stuff like that.

  58. I am amazed at the talent of Julie…I can’t even imagine the time involved in making all of the decorations and treats…what a sight to behold. Julie is truly talented and as a reader of your blog, I so appreciate you sharing her holiday decorations with us. Thank you Bakerella…Happy Xmas to you and yours!

  59. amazing!! I need her talent…and train my husband..!! merry christmas!

  60. This is sooo cute I just wanna cry! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. I am totally stepping up my game for next Christmas…completely inspired.

  61. Such a fantasy, it looks straight from Disneyland.

  62. My dream as a little girl was to live in a gingerbread house…they really do exist!

  63. I feel like a total slacker now too. This has motivated me though to hopefully do one of those things. :)

  64. Holy cupcakes! I am speechless. If only I had more energy/time/money/ambition/talent/etc.

  65. My jaw just hit the floor.
    This is…well, there are no words.
    That comes pretty close.

  66. O.M..G. The whole house look’s like the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set! Amazing! Do they have children?? Because if they do, those kids must think they live in heaven!

  67. Oh my cupcake goodness! I’m in sheer awe of her adorableness, talent, hard work, creative know how. Wow, just wow! And what a cool hubby to help her! Amazing!!! Almost as cool as a sweet baker I know…her name is BAKERELLA! You may know her. ;) She rocks, too!

  68. 2 questions: Where can I find glass jars like the ones holding her candies in the kitchen? Also, does cupcake Julie have a blog? She should!!

  69. Wow–utterly amazing. Speechless…

  70. WOW! Thank you for sharing. I LOVED her cupcake bakery display with the felt cupcakes and everything else near it. What a beautiful talent!

  71. Well, I think we’ve all gotten a glimpse of the true Queen of Christmas Wonderland. Wow!

    • We are happy now to see this post because you put good images WOW!! Very Good Combinations for Candyland.

  72. WOW. I have no idea what to say… okay maybe one thing: could I have a cupcake right now please? Thank you.

  73. AMAAAAAZING!!! i love everything.

  74. Oh my GOODNESS!

    That is all….. magnificent!!!!

  75. That has too be the most insane set up ever! I love it! I need to show my husband. :)

  76. That is truly one of the most spectacular things that I have ever seen. It made my teeth hurt just looking at it, but the yummy goodness made me recover quickly. And those soldiers? Those soldiers! To. Die. For! That is talent beyond, just beyond, no more words.

  77. WOW! can i buy a ticket for a tour HA! seriously….AMAZING

  78. How fun!!
    I should be novel and say I wish I could BE a friend like that, but no–I wish I HAD a friend like that!

  79. Like….. wow! Does she have a blog? I’d love to hear and see more!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  80. WOW! That is an amazing talent! Everyone loves candy and it sure does help inspire me! I love following your blog and all you do!

  81. Oh my goodness. Wow!

  82. ..Please tell me she has a website where I can possibly find tutorials. Those are amazing. I want. Badly.

  83. who ARE these people?? it’s like walking into a dream! i want to play with the cupcake bakery so badly… and i love that they made so much of that dreamworld by hand. so talented :) thank you so much for sharing!!

  84. ::DROOL:: Where is this place???

  85. WOW!! this looks like the happiest place on earth to live!! :)

  86. OMG, that is utterly amazing! How does she manage to store it all?

  87. i am in a wonderful sugar coma! wow…WOW! thanks for sharing this with us…utterly amazing!
    happy holidays dear bakerella!

  88. OMG! This is so beautiful and insane LOL. I love it! Your friend is extremely talented. Thank you for sharing this!

  89. wowzers! i’m hyperventilating here!

  90. This post just blew my mind!

  91. By the Way… do you and Julie know about the Cupcake Contest happening on Facebook hosted by “Hello, Cupcake.”

    Check out my entries and this post for details on how to enter. I’d love to see what you and Julie come up with…. my mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!

    I so want to come visit her house. OHHHH!! WOWWWW!

  93. OMG! I totally want some of those soldiers! Very cool!

  94. That is AMAZING! I suddenly feel so inadequate! LOL! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this with us!


    Robin :o)

  95. She definitely needs to quit her day job!!! :)

  96. Your friend is amazing. I want to buy all of her stuff! Tell her to open an etsy shop! Where did she get all of that cute candy stuff for her tree? I am just in awe!

  97. Wow! That’s absolutely amazing!

  98. That is amazing!! Gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas. :)

  99. Absolutely stunning. There are no words to describe how wonderful and talented she is!

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