Cupcakes for Courage is the brainchild of Kathryn and Laura Pekarik, two sisters that share the same passion for baking and want to share that passion with the world one cupcake at a time.
Kathryn was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma in May of 2010. Later that year, a benefit was held in her honor to help defray the costs of her medical care. To contribute, Laura baked 250 cupcakes to host a bake sale at the event. The cupcakes received such rave reviews that friends and family were requesting them by the dozen!
As a result, Cupcakes for Courage was born to provide our community with delectable little cakes while raising money for cancer research and other local non-profits. We also bake with care for the environment to protect it for generations to come.
Since 2010, we have expanded our product line to handmade pastries, as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch menu all, made with the same amazing quality as our cupcakes.
Visit our bakery and cafe in Elmhurst to experience all of our offerings!
Cancer research is an incredibly important cause and requires funding to find a cure. That is why we donate a portion of our proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society. Our hope is that one day no one, like Kathryn, will have to suffer from the disease ever again.
Ride Janie Ride
While important research is being done to find a cure, there are many people that are living with and fighting cancer that need help. That’s where the “Ride Janie Ride” foundation comes in; a 100% volunteer organization developed to raise money to support individuals and families that are affected by the disease.
Kathryn was gratefully selected as one of the four “Ride Janie Ride” recipients for 2011. We were so touched by this organization and its mission that we wanted to ‘pay good fortunes forward’ and continue to support their amazing cause.
Baking With Care
It seems that every day we hear more and more about how the Earth is in trouble - climate change, pollution, acid rain, natural disasters, endangerment and extinction of precious wildlife, destruction of the rainforests and wildlife’s natural habitats. Sometimes we may feel that the problems are just too great! That there is nothing one single individual can possibly do...but there is!
Small steps can change the future of our world in BIG ways; while also reversing some of the damage that has been done. Steps such as recycling, re-using disposable products, using recycled material paper products, using tree-free paper, reducing water usage - all of which add up to living a sustainable lifestyle. Anyone can take responsibility for the environment that we live, breath, and work in each day.
That’s why we use natural ingredients—from unbleached flour and baking cups, no preservatives or stabilizers, or high fructose corn syrup. We also package your orders with eco-friendly goods such as brown kraft boxes and bags, PLA plastics, and recycled paper menus.