Courageous Bakery was born out of mine and my sister Kathryn’s love of baking and her courage to fight blood cancer.

Kathryn, my elder sister, was diagnosed in May of 2010 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During her treatment to keep our spirits lifted, we dreamed up many different cupcake flavors and baked and tested the winning ones when back home.

What started as a cupcake food truck that we call the "Green Machine", has since expanded to two food trucks and two brick & mortar locations.  Cupcakes and baking were an escape from the realities of battling cancer, little did we know it would become what it is today!

We are very happy to share that our story has a happy ending. Kathryn has been in remission since 2011, is happily married and the mother of a beautiful girl born in 2014.

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade...we bake cupcakes, and we hope you enjoy ours which we bake with love and charity in mind.  With every delicious bite a portion of our proceeds is donated to finding a cure and increasing awareness of this illness affecting so many.

To learn more about our story visit our About page to read about the charities that are supported by our mission.

Locations & Hours


Elmhurst, IL

108 W Park Avenue
630-834-CAKE (2253)
Monday - Friday: 6AM - 4PM
Saturday: 7AM - 4PM | Sunday: 7AM - 4PM
••• Cafe kitchen open until 3PM daily •••
OPBakery (9 of 25)

Oak Park, IL

736 Lake Street
708-894-CAKE (2253)
Open 7 days!
7AM - 8PM
••• Cafe kitchen open until 3PM daily •••


I've been to the Elmhurst location and loved it. Today was my first time visiting the Oak Park location and omg. I love this place! Cassidy was the frosting on my experience! She was so friendly and helpful, the food was great! (I had the corned beef and hash with Gouda cheese). The atmospher was so warm and inviting. I really love this place!

-Keesha V., 12/1/17, YELP

As you walk in.....the smell of fresh pancakes, coffee and cupcakes fill the air. You know you're in the right place. You're greeted with a warm good morning from not only the locals from oak park but from the employees and the amazing owner. 
I've been here 13 times since they've been open and I'm
Sure there will me more visits. 

-Samantha L., 10/18/17, YELP

Baby Friendly: 5 stars, Kid Friendly: 5 stars, This place is great! 
It's in a great location, downtown Oak Park, walking distance from the Greenline. It's very cute inside! The staff are friendly and helpful.
They have a great story, and they donate part of their proceeds to a cancer charity.

-Anne S., 11/13/17, YELP

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!!! I live in the area and have been driving by. My best friend has been raving about and we went together today. First of all, the food was FANTASTIC! I was so surprised to see both baked goods and a full menu. The breakfast sandwich I ordered was delicious. I also ordered a London Fog (my favorite hot drink ever) and it was the BEST one I have ever had. The staff is so nice and the owner has such a sweet spirit. I even brought my husband home some croissants (pistachio- they had multiple flavors). He LOVED them. This is going to be my new favorite spot!

-Jene, 12/2017, GOOGLE

We had a baby shower there recently and it was great!! Food is delicious, the staff is so nice and helpful, cupcakes were amazing...highly recommend it!!

-Jorie, 06/2017, GOOGLE

Terrific addition to our community. Super fresh salads, omelets, sandwiches and the best homemade soup in town. And the cupcakes rock and some of the profits go to charity. A win win. And Cassidy behind the counter is a joy.

-Lynda S., 12/17/17, YELP

Cute little place with great food options and good service. Would highly recommend.

-Miri, 12/2017, GOOGLE

Our Guarantee

We work hard every day to provide the highest quality product, but if for any reason you are not completely satisfied, contact us within 7 days of your original receipt and we will gladly provide you with a replacement item or credit towards future purchases at our store.

Not only do we guarantee our product, but also our service!  We welcome all feedback - we want to know how we can improve to create a better experience for our number one - YOU!

Please visit our contact to send us any and all feedback.

Laura, Cupcake Mama (Andrea), Kathryn
Laura, Cupcake Mama (Andrea), Kathryn