Cream & Flutter
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday from 1-8 p.m.
Location: 114 N. Walnut St., Champaign
Downtown Champaign’s Cream and Flutter takes pride in offering an assortment of handcrafted, baked from scratch pastries. Using only pure ingredients, the bakery incorporates local cream and eggs, as well as fresh fruits, nuts and fine chocolates sourced from France. As an active community organization, it maintains various partnerships ranging from UIUC Japan House to Crisis Nursery.
As for tasty treats, Cream & Flutter offers an expansive cake-ordering menu with classic cakes as well as various seasonal options such as dark chocolate pistachio, lavender honey vanilla bean and passionfruit curd. Creations yet to come include cookie cakes, macaron cakes and ice cream cakes. The daily walk-in menu features classic cupcakes, French pinwheel macarons, home-style cookies and brownies.
Most Popular Item: Signature Red Velvet Cupcake
Seasonal Items (August): Salted Dark Chocolate Cupcake, White Chocolate Macadamia Cupcake, Salted Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie, Toasted Coconut Macaron, White Macaron/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwich
Mirabelle Fine Pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 124 W. Main St, Urbana
Situated in downtown Urbana, Mirabelle Fine Pastries serves up quite a spread of delectable treats both savory and sweet. Favorite savory menu items include cheesy slices of pepperoni focaccia, flaky spinach and feta croissants as well as a diverse selection of tarts and breads. Previously offered items include vggie and bacon quiches and mushroom, walnut and goat cheese tarts. Of course, Mirabelle produces various sweet treats as well, including wonderfully decadent raspberry cheesecake, adorable miniature fruit tarts and rich chocolate brioche. In addition, Mirabelle does sell standard bakery items including various brownies, cookies, muffins, macarons and coffee. Mirabelle’s most popular treat is its almond horn, a golden brown crescent shaped pastry offered in many styles, including chocolate dipped and raspberry.
Most Popular Item: Almond Horn
Seasonal Items: Spiced pies and pastries during the fall season
Pekara Bakery & Bistro
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 116 N. Neil St., Champaign
Like Mirabelle, Pekara Bakery and Bistro features a wide selection of delectable baked goods that are both savory and sweet. Pekara’s specialty is handcrafted European breads made from scratch with the best ingredients (meaning heavy use of organic flours, fresh butters and creams as well as top quality artisan chocolates). Pekara’s Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers thoughtfully prepared omelets, crepes, sandwiches and shared platters featuring all natural, locally sourced meats and cheeses. Most importantly, Pekara’s Bakery relies on “clean label” practices meaning untouched, chemical-free bread ingredients, a slow two-day fermentation process and hand-shaped rolls. The result is very crusty, super holey, honest bread.
Most Popular Items: Assorted Breads, Baguettes
Seasonal Items: Fruit Tarts, Mixed Berry Galettes
Rick’s Bakery Café
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 2018 S. Philo Rd., Urbana
Founded in 2012, Rick’s Bakery is a fairly new establishment in a very unassuming strip mall that serves an incredibly scrumptious array of baked goods. Favorites include rich, flaky spinach and feta croissants, decadent slices of chocolate mousse cake and other miscellaneous treats, including various fresh fruit tarts, cookies, éclairs, napoleons and breakfast bear claws. However, what sets Rick’s Bakery apart is its selection of authentic Mexican foods, including outstanding burritos and hot tamales, which make for an especially satisfying lunch. Of course, Rick’s Bakery also serves mouthwatering churros – which, in and of itself, is a reason to visit this place. In addition, other popular menu items include various cakes including the elegant tiramisu cake, raspberry filled princess sponge cake and luscious chocolate mousse, not to mention the perfectly sweet and moist tres leches cake.
Most Popular Items: Tres Leches, Tiramisu, Princess Cake, Chocolate Mousse
Seasonal Items: Tres Leches (with fresh summer strawberries), Day of the Dead (Halloween) Specials