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Cupcakes for Courage

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Food Truck
Chicago, IL
9+ Years in business

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Laura of Cupcakes for Courage

Menu

Main

BLTA

Texas toast, thick cut bacon, plum tomatoes, arugula, house-made mayonnaise

Breakfast Burrito

Flour tortilla, chorizo, scrambled egg, potatoes, red bell peppers, arugula, cheddar, avocado, roasted salsa, black beans

Country

Buttermilk biscuit, scrambled egg, house sausage or bacon, sharp cheddar

Croque-Monsieur

Croissant, ham off the bone, gruyere, béchamel, fresh thyme

Croque-Madame

Croque-monsieur, fried egg

English

English muffin, ham off the bone, fried egg, American cheese

Lorraine Scramble

Scrambled egg, bacon, arugula, Swiss cheese

Lunch Burrito

Flour tortilla, chicken or beef, rice, red bell peppers, arugula, cheddar, avocado, roasted salsa, black beans

Mollete

English muffin, refried black beans, Chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, fried egg

Veggie Burrito

Classic burrito, hold the chorizo, add seasoned mushrooms & onions

Veggie Scramble

scrambled egg, roasted red pepper, caramelized red onion, arugula, jalapeño Havarti

French Toast Sticks

Vanilla bean custard, Saigon cinnamon, nutmeg, real maple syrup

Papas Bravas

Breakfast potatoes, Chile arbol sauce

Steel Cut Oatmeal

House-made granola, honey, fresh blueberries

Yogurt Parfait

Greek yogurt, vanilla bean, wildflower honey, strawberries, blueberries, house-made granola

Cheese Omelet

Jalapeño Havarti, queso fresco, sharp cheddar, sour cream, Swiss, American

Meat Omelet

Bacon, beef brisket, chicken, chorizo, ham off the bone, pork sausage, turkey sausage

Veggies Omelet

Arugula, avocado, caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, chives, cilantro, poblano peppers, potatoes, red bell peppers, seasoned mushrooms

Belgian Waffle

Blueberries, strawberries, bananas, fresh whipped cream, pure maple syrup

Biscuits & Gravy

Country sausage gravy, fresh herbs, buttermilk biscuits

Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberries or bananas or chocolate chips, pure maple syrup

Chilaquiles Rojos

House tortilla chips, salsa roja, two fried eggs, cilantro, red onion, sour cream, braised brisket, queso fresco, shaved radish

Chilaquiles Verde

House tortilla chips, salsa verde, two fried eggs, cilantro, red onion, sour cream, roasted chicken, queso fresco

Choripapa

Potatoes, chorizo, cheddar, red bell peppers, red onion, poblano peppers, two eggs, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, salsa verde

Po'Boy

Potatoes, ham off the bone, red onion, seasoned portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese

French Toast

Texas toast, vanilla bean custard, Saigon cinnamon, nutmeg, pure maple syrup

Double Eggs

Two eggs any style

Petite Eggs

One egg any style

Traditional Eggs

Two eggs with bacon or sausage or ham off the bone

Gouda Turkey

Butter croissant, Gouda cheese, house roasted turkey breast, arugula, tomato, mayo, mustard

Corned Beef

Deli house made rye, corned beef, Swiss cheese, mustard

Biscuits & Gravy

Country sausage gravy, fresh herbs, buttermilk biscuits

Po'Boy

Potatoes, ham off the bone, red onion, seasoned portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese

Sides

Fresh Fruit

Cantaloupe, honeydew, red grapes

House Potato Chips

Crispy and fried in house with sea salt

Desserts

Assorted Cookies

Freshly baked cookies

Pink Velvet Cupcake

Our take on the infamous red velvet cake that is super moist and dramatically vibrant. Paired with our positively smooth cream cheese frosting they’re irresistible.

Vanilla Bean

A moist cake with a light and fluffy butter cream delicately flavored with aromatic vanilla beans. Who thought simple vanilla could be so special!

Vanilla Bean Fudge Cupcake

An upscale version of your favorite kiddie sandwich! Peanut butter cake, filled with homemade mixed berry jam. Piled high with peanut butter buttercream and drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Black and White Cupcake

A simple yet fancy cupcake elegant enough for a dinner party or a casual birthday. A rich chocolate cake topped with sweet vanilla buttercream frosting and chocolate sprinkles.

Dark Chocolate Cupcake

The chocolate lover’s dream is waiting for you on the Green Machine...a dark chocolate cake with fudgy chocolate frosting garnished with chopped dark chocolate.

The Survivor Cupcake

Our survivor cupcake combines all cancer awareness colors because we have strength in numbers! A white vanilla fun-fetti cupcake with tye dye vanilla buttercream.

Key Lime Pie Cupcake

Close your eyes, take a bite and get ready to be transported to the sandy beaches of sunny Key West. A cake hinted with notes of honey and molasses mimics a graham cracker crust while surrounding a tart key lime filling. Topped with a zesty whipped topping—it’s a beautiful fake-ation!

French Silk Pie Cupcake

Rich chocolate mousse tucked inside our dark chocolate cake matched perfectly with whipped cream cheese frosting then garnished with pie crust and chocolate shavings.

Maple Bacon Cupcake

Mmmm...pancakes and bacon in a cupcake...say whaaaat? A maple cake, dunked in maple glaze and covered with maple roasted bacon. Savory, salty, sweet in every bite!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Moist yellow buttermilk cake filled with fresh homemade strawberry compote and topped off with a creamy strawberry buttercream. Sprinkled with homemade strawberry sugar to finish off this delightful cupcake!

Salted Caramel Cupcake

Our take on a classy caramel cupcake. Vanilla bean cake filled with homemade salted caramel sauce, topped with sweet caramel buttercream, drizzled with a touch more salted caramel sauce and sprinkled with smoked sea salt.

Carrot Cupcake (GF)

Bugs Bunny’s personal favorite! Freshly grated carrots and the perfect mix of spices make this cake unbelievably rich and moist. Topped with our classic cream cheese frosting they’re the perfect match.

Banana Cream Pie Cupcake (GF)

Banana me crazy! Our tender banana cake gets filled with banana pastry cream. Then we pile it high with cream cheese frosting and garnish with sliced toasted almonds and pie crust crumbles. Gluten-free.

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake

This cupcake is as American as apple pie complete with a vanilla butter cream frosting, fresh diced apples are baked right into the cake and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. Drizzled with homemade caramel.

Chocolate Bacon Beer Cupcakes

Rich oatmeal stout takes the stage in our moist chocolate cake. Stout infused Swiss meringue is piled high on top and then garnished with stout glazed roasted bacon. Inspired by Chicago’s own Revolution Brewery!

Chocolate Covered Banana Cupcake

Our second banana cupcake creation...chocolate and bananas are married together for this moist cake. Filled with a banana pastry cream, topped with a super creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting and garnished with a chocolate dipped banana chip.

Chocolate Covered Graham Cracker Cupcake

Sweet graham cracker cake filled with whipped chocolate ganache, dunked in rich ganache then sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcake

Our decadent chocolate cake filled with homemade strawberry compote, topped with super creamy strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream and finally drizzled with chocolate ganache.

Cookies n Cream Cupcake

A childhood favorite cookie that hardly needs explanation…a decadent chocolate cake topped with a sweet white butter cream speckled with crushed chocolate cookie pieces.

Courage Cupcake

It’s the hostess with the most-est! Our version vanilla cream filled chocolate cake dipped in chocolate ganache and COURAGE squiggle to remind you! Get some courage in you today!

Dreamsicle Cupcake

Our favorite ice cream bar transformed into a sophisticated cupcake without sacrificing the fun! A heavenly moist cupcake flavored with natural orange and topped with a super creamy orange and vanilla swirl frosting.

Elvis Cupcake

A tribute to the "King!" Our tender banana cake topped with our OH so creamy peanut butter buttercream and topped generously with thick cut roasted bacon.

German Chocolate Cupcake

Rich chocolate cake filled with caramel-y, coconut-y, pecan-y goodness! Surrounded by homemade fudge frosting and drizzled with our fresh caramel sauce.

Lemon Raspberry Cupcake

Lemon and raspberries are a match made in heaven. A lemon cake filled with raspberry pastry cream and topped with our whipped cream cheese frosting. Garnished with a dehydrated raspberry and fresh lemon zest.

Lemon Supreme Pie Cupcake

Sure to turn anyone into a lover of lemon! A yellow lemon cake, filled with our homemade lemon curd - just the right amount of tart and sweet! Pairs perfectly with our cream cheese frosting and loads of scratch pie crust.

Lime in the Coconut Cupcake

We put the lime in the coconut, and you eat em both up! We paired our coconut cake, with homemade lime curd filling, pipe a generous amount of coconut cream cheese, garnish with toasted coconut and lime zest, you’ll be singing our tune!

Mama's Java Cupcake

Moist chocolate cake enhanced with coffee, filled with coffee bean chocolate mousse, topped with cafe mocha buttercream. Our Mama loves this Java and we know you will too!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake

Summer’s popular ice cream flavor becomes a festive winter dessert that won’t chill you to the bone. A mint green cream flecked with tiny bits of chocolate sits atop a decadent chocolate cake with a sweet hint of mint.

Peanut Butter Banana Cupcake

Our tender banana cake filled with a homemade Reese’s like feeling. Piled high with our oh so creamy peanut butter butter cream, garnished with granulated peanuts and a banana chip. Sometimes we kick it with Elvis and top this hound dog off with roasted bacon - the King’s favorite!

Peanut Butter Jelly

An upscale version of your favorite kiddie sandwich! Peanut butter cake, filled with homemade mixed berry jam. Piled high with peanut butter buttercream and drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Peanut Butter Mania Cupcake

Ode to peanut butter lovers! This will make your head spin! One of a kind peanut butter cake filled with rich peanut butter filling, topped with none other than peanut butter buttercream and sprinkled with peanuts!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcake

Peppermint is no longer a seasonal flavor when we pair it with chocolate and coffee! Chocolate mint cake filled with cafe mocha mousse, topped with cafe mocha frosting and sprinkled with ground peppermints and fine coffee granules.

Pistachio Cupcake

This one's going to make you go nuts! An all natural pistachio cake without any artificial food coloring. It's moist, loaded with finely ground pistachios and topped with a heavenly pistachio flecked buttercream.

Pink Peppermint Cupcake

A holiday inspiration! White chocolate peppermint candy studded cake cake topped with peppermint whipped cream cheese. It’s sure to have dreams of a white Christmas in your head!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake

All of the traditional pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with homemade pie crust crumble. Also available in Sweet Potato Pie.

Raspberry Truffle Cupcake

Chocolate cake with a tart raspberry filling. Frosted with our rich chocolate ganache and finished with a dusting of cocoa and raspberry drizzle.

Reese's Pieces

Created with ET in mind...a dense peanut butter cake that packs a bit of crunch with peanuts folded throughout. Topped with our peanut buttery butter cream and chopped peanut butter candies...you’ll be phoning home about this one after more than one visit!

S'mores Cupcake

A classic campfire delight transformed into a delicious cupcake form. It has all the bonfire staples: graham cracker cake, chocolate ganache filling and our homemade marshmallow frosting, toasted to perfection.

Spicy Sriracha Turtle Cupcake

A spicy & savory take on our Turtle cupcake that got us to the final round of Food Network Cupcake Wars! Mesquite chocolate cake filled and topped with smoked caramel, dunked in pecans candied with a spicy syrup, and topped with our homemade fudge frosting.

Strawberry Cupcake

This cupcake packs all of the fragrantly sweet juiciness and fresh summertime flavor that strawberries are so famously known for. A moist cake baked with fresh strawberries throughout and a light strawberry cream cheese frosting. Garnished with a dehydrated strawberry.

Strawberry Banana Cupcake

Fresh ruby red diced strawberries are folded in to our banana cake, paired with our smooth cream cheese frosting and garnished with dehydrated strawberries and banana chips. Simple yet delicious!

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcake

First there was Pumpkin Pie and then there came Sweet Potato Pie. Slow roasted sweet potato puree, freshly grated nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla make this cake delightfully moist and just the right amount of spice. Topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with homemade pie crust crumble. If you enjoy our Pumpkin Pie cupcakes you gotta try this one!

Taffy Apple Cupcake

A fresh apple cupcake layered with homemade caramel, finely chopped peanuts, a fluffy caramel butter cream and finished with a fine drizzle of more caramel. A caramel lovers dream!

Toasted Coconut Cupcake

Eat your heart out coconut skeptics because you are going to love this one. It’s sweet, it’s moist, and flavorful you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

The Triple B Cupcake

Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie – a tender banana cake with a milk chocolate bottom filled with sweet vanilla pastry cream and topped with our famous whipped cream cheese frosting. Finished with homemade pie crust crumble and shaved chocolate— it will make you go bananas!

Turtle Cupcake

Our dark chocolate cake filled and covered with homemade caramel then dipped in finely chopped pecans and topped with a chocolate caramel butter cream. Caramel, chocolate and pecans win this race!

Very Berry Cheesecake Cupcake

Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and cherries are married together in a smooth cream cheese frosting which sits atop a moist sour cream cake complete with a graham cracker bottom.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

It’s heaven with a bit of raspberry sass...our white cake filled with layers of homemade raspberry sauce and white chocolate mousse topped with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and finished with raspberry drizzle!

Yellow Buttermilk Cupcake

You can never go wrong with our moist yellow cupcakes topped with a creamy chocolate Swiss meringue butter cream.

Mama's Java Cupcake

Moist chocolate cake enhanced with coffee, filled with coffee bean chocolate mousse, topped with cafe mocha buttercream. Our Mama loves this Java and we know you will too!

Reese's Pieces

Created with ET in mind...a dense peanut butter cake that packs a bit of crunch with peanuts folded throughout. Topped with our peanut buttery butter cream and chopped peanut butter candies...you’ll be phoning home about this one after more than one visit!

S'mores Cupcake

A classic campfire delight transformed into a delicious cupcake form. It has all the bonfire staples: graham cracker cake, chocolate ganache filling and our homemade marshmallow frosting, toasted to perfection.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake

How do you eat your peanut butter cups? Peanut buttery center or rich chocolate edges - it doesn't matter because this cupcake is the best of both worlds.

Hummingbird Cupcake

A cake so delicious it will make you hum with happiness! A sweet & spice cake made special with ripe bananas, crushed pineapple, and fresh cinnamon. Topped with our cream cheese frosting & a pineapple flower.

Winkie Cupcake

A bouncy yellow cake topped with luscious vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream covered in cake crumbs! We call it a Winkie ;) because we can't say it's a Twinkie.

Drinks

Hot Chocolate

Meet Laura
What is the story behind your business' name?

My sister is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We used baking as a way to keep our minds off the illness while she underwent intensive treatment for a year.

About Cupcakes for Courage

Sisters Kathryn and Laura Pekarik had a longstanding passion for baking with a particular fondness for all things cupcake. However, it never occurred to them to go pro with their passion until 2010. Kathryn was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's T-cell Lymphoma that May and needed help paying for treatment. The solution? A bake sale. Laura baked 250 cupcakes for the event, and these pristine confections sold out fast. The positive response inspired her to open up Cupcakes For Courage. Now, Kathryn is in remission and Laura's food truck is going strong. She rolls around Chicago, IL whipping up sweet treats while raising money for charities and nonprofits dedicated to helping cancer patients.

When Laura first started out, she had four original cupcake recipes to sample. Now, her menu sports a bevy of concoctions in a variety of irresistible flavors. From vanilla fudge to chocolate peanut butter cup to French silk pie, there’s something for everyone here. Over the years, Laura's moved beyond cupcakes alone. You’ll find a host of other sweet things like cakes and pastries. There’s also an entire menu of savory fare, from sandwiches to omelets to English muffins. Stomach rumbling? Then stop by Cupcakes For Courage and treat yourself. Even better? Book ‘em for your own event. It’s great food for a great cause.

MUST TRY

Survivor — A light, fluffy funfetti cake cupcake filled with pastry cream and topped off with a generous dollop of rainbow swirl buttercream frosting.

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