I get a custom cake from alliance every year. They are so good! I like the vanilla and raspberry cake.
I ordered a custom vegan cake for my husband's 40th birthday. Shelby was delightful on the phone and had good ideas to brainstorm the design. The end result was absolutely wonderful - both visually and in taste. One of the very best vegan cake I've ever had. Everyone (most of them non vegans) raved about it. I can't talk for the non vegan options, but if you're looking for a vegan cake I cannot recommend this place enough. More...
Wow! We were back in Chicago to celebrate the daughter's birthday. We had been dreaming Alliance Bakery dreams since we had one of their wonderful cookies during a previous visit. At that time we decided one of their cakes was an imperative when planning a future celebration. We perused their cake gallery on the Alliance website. So many gorgeous cakes that we found it difficult to choose. Since she is now in Chicago we decided to go with a Chicago skyline silhouetted against a sunset. The cake was vanilla with vanilla buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream icing. The cake was artistically delightful and everyone at the celebration marvelled at its portrayal of the Chicago profile. It also tasted great and was truly a highlight of the evening. More...
My boyfriend is vegan, and I wanted to get him a vegan cake for his birthday. I absolutely loved the cake I ordered from Alliance! Coordinating with them to customize the cake was very straightforward, the cake was delicious, and looked amazing!!! More...
I don't usually write a review but I had to this time. Everything was "the" best. Coffee, macaroons, and the cupcakes are beyond the best. Highly recommend
We hired Alliance Bakery for our cake and mini desserts for our wedding in June. Our 4 tier wedding cake had different flavors and fillings for each tier. We had a combination of hazlenut, vanilla, and almond cake with raspberry or strawberry preserves, and white chocolate mouse. We had red velvet cupcakes, strawberry and raspberry macarons for mini desserts.
My husband and I did notice after the fact that the design was a little off from what we decided upon. We had requested ribbon around the cake board and gold flaking. However, there was ribbon around each tier, and no gold flaking. Our florist provided floral to cascade throughout the cake. Luckily, I actually think what they gave us looks better than what we had agreed upon in the contract, despite the error. More...
We hired Alliance Bakery for our cake and mini desserts for our wedding in June. Our 4 tier wedding cake had different flavors and fillings for each tier. The almond and hazelnut cake were our favorites! For fillings we had combinations of raspberry preserves, strawberry preserves, and white chocolate mouse. The cake was absolutely beautiful! For mini desserts we ordered raspberry macaroons, strawberry macaroons, and red velvet cupcakes..they all were a hit! My husband and I did notice after the fact that the design was a little off from what we decided upon. We had requested ribbon around the cake board and gold flaking. As the picture shows, there was ribbon around each tier, and no gold flaking. Luckily, I actually think what they gave us looks better than what we had agreed upon, despite the lack of communication on this matter. More...
The best bakery I have been to. I ordered a cake for a gender reveal and it was designed exactly how I wanted it and tasted amazing!! Definitely coming back whenever I need a cake. More...
They have the most amazing croissants and cinnamon buns! Made fresh everyday and wonderful employees. What else could you ask for from a bakery?!
Delicious deserts and croissants!It would be even better if you also had an oat milk option for Latte:)
Alliance is an amazing place to get your sweets. This was one of the first bakeries that we went to when we moved to Chicago, Delicious deserts and croissants! You will not be disappointed in the menu and service. They have a separate seating area which is nice and quiet. You can sit and enjoy your dessert. Recommended by locals. Services was exceptional More...
I had a fantastic experience with Alliance! I ordered a custom cake for my sister's baby shower for ~50 people. I provided a rough idea of what I wanted and they really made it come to life! The cake was beautiful and tasted delicious. I would absolutely order from them again! More...
My experience started off a little bumpy. I came in to get some information about a custom cake, and was greeted by a less than enthusiastic teen at the counter... sigh... I'll leave it at that because the rest of the experience was phenomenal!My friend who swears by their quality told me to overlook the first impression and email about the cake, and I'm glad I listened! I sent a picture and the lady who responded was helpful, pleasant and patient (via email and phone), answered all my questions and worked within my budget. And a month later i picked up a masterpiece that was so perfect people couldn't even believe it was a cake! It was perfect for our son's party and it tasted as good as it looked! The man who rang me out was super kind and even carried the cake to the car for me. All future special occasion cakes will come from here. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because of the teenager who almost killed the whole deal. Outside of that, I couldn't have asked for more! More...
I love love this place every time I order a cake it's always so delicious!!!! They do an outstanding work on the cakes totally recommend this place red velvet has been my top favorite!!!
The service was great and the baked good were even better! The macaroons were great I had the vanilla, coffee, hazelnut praline, strawberry, and salted caramel. Best ones were the vanilla and salted caramel! The oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was also great and soft. More...
Very kind staff and great desserts. This will be my stop for macaroons from now on!
Services was exceptional. They delivered exactly whats on my mind. I couldn't have asked for better.
My drink was too hot. Pastries are ok.
Came here on a Saturday. The service was very welcoming and sociable. This place has a good atmosphere.
Decent vegan selection! Loved the cookie I tried.
Great little spot in the heart of downtown Chicago. Small place with lots of character. Good selection of donuts. Solid coffee.
Awesome s'mores torte and good coffee. They have a separate seating area which is nice and quiet. You can sit and enjoy your dessert. Recommended by locals.
You will not be disappointed in the menu and service. Bring your appetite because portions are large. This place has great reviews for a reason.
I ordered a Vegan Cake for my wife's Birthday and was assisted by PK! This was the best experience and most delicious Chocolate Vegan cake! Thank you Alliance for making a special birthday absolutely memorable! More...
I came in on a Thursday and only had a vague idea that I wanted a cake based on the comic Heart and Brain. They took it and ran with it. The cake was incredible and delicious and delivered by Sunday morning at a reasonable price. Truly a neighborhood gem, I could not recommend more! More...
Tyler O. Harrison
Gave them a design to follow and they met it and surpassed expectations! Was informative and worked with me with all the details from the beginning to the end. Would 10/10 come back!!
Delicious treats and coffee from a gorgeous old school bakery space. They also have a casual lounge area a few doors west, and tasting room that looks like it might be an event space, but don't quote me on that part.
What an awesome bakery. Whether you are looking just for dessert after dinner, to take home for a few nights that week, or to get a custom cake for a birthday party or other event, Alliance is an amazing place to get your sweets.This was one of the first bakeries that we went to when we moved to Chicago, and it is still one of the best bakeries that we have been to in Chicago six years later. We just got our birthday cake for our son's birthday, and it was beyond anything that we could have expected. I took a screenshot on my phone and they perfectly replicated it onto his cake.Oh, any other things that they make that aren't sweet are delicious and so is there coffee. All around this place is great. More...
Amazing bakery. The mini cheesecake was the best I’ve ever had!
Delicious cupcakes, their other desserts look splendid too.
I love the pastry selection here!
I could eat macarons all day, they're so delicious!!
Dana · married on 12/15/2018 5.0 Holy cow deliciousMy husband and I got married last month and hired Alliance Bakery to cater our wedding cake and desserts and we were sooo happy we did!! My husband heard of them from a coworker and actually purchased a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, my favorite, for my birthday last year. It was so stinking good we had to use them for our wedding desserts! We did an assortment of cupcakes and cookies and everything turned absolutely beautifully and so delicious! They were super easy to work with and very responsive while communicating through email. We will definitely be using them again in the future. I would HIGHLY recommend them for any baked-goods need! More...
The baked goods are great! And I love love love the coffee here !
Absolutely wonderful little place I will stop again for sure when I'm in Chicago next.
My husband and I got married last month and hired Alliance Bakery to cater our wedding cake and desserts and we were sooo happy we did!! My husband heard of them from a coworker and actually purchased a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, my favorite, for my birthday last year. It was so stinking good we had to use them for our wedding desserts! We did an assortment of cupcakes and cookies and everything turned absolutely beautifully and so delicious! They were super easy to work with and very responsive while communicating through email. We will definitely be using them again in the future. I would HIGHLY recommend them for any baked-goods need! More...
Alliance bakery made my wedding dreams come true!! Most definitely will be using them in the future!!
I had the most delicious and exquisite vanilla and chocolate, strawberry cake made for my 7 year old son. I provided them photos of his favorite Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmosis and they brought it to life! Very professional, visually beautiful results and delicious at the same time. Give them adequate notice and they'll put a smile on your face! More...
This hole-in-the-wall bakery is a nice little shelter for a cold winter morning in Chicago. The almond croissants and the chocolate croissants were nothing special, but the chocolate and peanut butter vegan cupcakes were out-of-this-world. Seriously incredible light and fluffy peanut butter frosting. Wow. Unfortunately, their little lounge area is a few doors down, but pretty nice. A good mood. The employees were competent, but not overly friendly. Overall, good vibe. Between the tasty pastries and the stack of newspapers, it seems like a great place to be a regular. More...
Walking into our wedding, I didn't think the cake was going to be that big of a deal, but in the spirit of having fun while wedding planning, my wife and I brought my mom and aunt on a cake tasting at Alliance. And all I can say is HOLY CRAP! First of all, every single cake/icing combination we tried was incredibly delicious; not too sweet and absolutely unique. Second of all, it became so difficult to choose that instead of having one wedding cake, we did a tasting cake and mini cupcakes. Those cupcakes were a HIT. And I don't think I've ever eaten a cake as good as this tasting cake. It was simple, beautiful, and delicious. And coordinating drop off at our reception location was a breeze. Alliance's wedding coordinators were a dream to work with.
Thirdly, as an LGBTQ couple, finding wedding vendors can be incredibly stressful and the Supreme Court decision about the baker and religious freedom came down while my wife and I were planning our wedding. I reached out to Alliance making sure we were welcome. I received a message of complete support. It made me feel truly welcome on a tough day.
If you are looking for a unique, beautiful, and scrumptious cake, Alliance is your bakery. More...
I had the best cup cakes here. Amazing desserts. Great location. Easy parking available.
Best almond croissant in the US!!!!! The ham and cheese croissant is excellent as well. Glad to see that the lines move faster now. Love to eat this in the morning before going to the presideo driving range to hit golf balls. More...
The best bakery in town. My favorite is almond croissant or chocolate almond croissant. I've been here quite a few times and it's always busy. Every time I want to give out-of-towner friends or family, I always buy them these goodies. More...
Just stopped in for coffee and a pastry. Their cheese and ham croissant is truly amazing and their coffee is great too. The owner/manager was also talkative and super friendly, I'll go back.
Our cake was 4 tiers of colorful deliciousness. We had several colorful cake ideas, and we were able to work together to come up with a cake that combined many of the elements that we liked. Alliance Bakery was one of our venues preferred vendors, but we were sold after the tasting. More...
Very cool building. Staff a pleasure to deal with in my experience. Quiet lounge area is included for getting work done, as well.
Great!! Always Does A Great Job..
We chose Alliance Bakery for our wedding cake and it was absolutely wonderful! We didn't actually have time to eat much cake the night of the wedding, but we had some for breakfast the morning before we left for our honeymoon, and it was the best breakfast I've ever had. We chose lemon cake with layers of cream cheese and raspberry preserves. 10/10 would order the same cake again. More...
These guys are definitely good at what they do!
My husband and I were visiting Chicago and found this place on google. This place has the greates tasting coffee and tiramisu. It has a beautiful door to a little garden, which is great for taking pictures. More...
Our guests cannot stop talking about how delicious our wedding cake was! The team at Alliance not only created a beautiful cake, but one that was tasty. The tasting and design experience was a pleasure, and we wish we could do it all over again! Their customer service is wonderful. We highly recommend Alliance! More...
I love this place. I used to go here after every cleaning at the dentist. They have great macarons, coffee, and every now and then they have googly eyed cookies.
I've tried a variety of their desserts, the key lime tart has to be my favourite. Unfortunately, I can't say the same across the board, the cupcakes were quite disappointing and a few of the other pastries were hit or miss.
Alliance made a beautiful wedding cake for our special day! It was absolutely gorgeous. A dream! The tasting in the planning process was super yummy. Our absolute favorite flavor both in the tasting and in the actual cake was the chocolate with the chocolate fudge filling! Alliance was great to work with and I would definitely recommend them for your wedding cake! Separately, they make AMAZING cupcakes as well! More...
My husband and I used Alliance for our wedding cake. We frequent Alliance very often since we live in the neighborhood, and we have known for a long time that we wanted Alliance to make our wedding cake. I came into the wedding cake with a rough idea of what I wanted. Sarah helped me to create a custom cake that turned out beautiful. Each tier of the cake was different and extraordinary. On the bottom tier of the cake, they created a gold Chicago skyline. It turned out incredible, and better yet, the cake tasted amazing! We are so happy we went with Alliance to create our custom wedding cake! More...
Great bakery and is good place to stop by if you're in the neighborhood!
Delicious cheesecake, very friendly service.
Super delicious pastries and cupcakes!
The cakes were absolutely incredible! So moist and delicious- everyone at the party complimented them on their appearance and taste. The gentleman that I worked with when I went in to order the cake was very cordial and helpful in helping me figure out what I wanted. They lost a star for the experience I had picking up the cake. I was told that I could pick up the cake ‘anytime on Friday’ and they open at 6am. I work full time so I went in to pick it up at 6:30 and was chastised for being ‘so early’ the woman behind the counter reminded me three time ‘you are early’ - I did not mind waiting and the cakes were ready so I was not sure why she needed to shame me for being there early in the morning. I also realized when I got home that I had ordered 3 vanilla macarons and 3 strawberry macarons for the engagement cake, and the cake came with 6 vanilla. This is a small detail but it was a fairly expensive cake, so I would have hoped it would have these details! The birthday cake with the sprinkles was one of their regular cakes, so it was $34 dollars (including the words). IThe engagement cake was a completely custom cake, and including the macarons ($2.50 each) it was $74. More...
Sooo good. Wish there were more flavors, but the ones we got were delicious. Orange earl gray. Pistachio. Banana foster. Strawberry shortcake. Lime coconut. Blueberry. More...
Cute neighborhood place, great lounge for working from or getting coffee, and of course an amazing bakery!
Wedding cake experience was great and tasted amazing!!
Love the almond croissants and cookies!
Other-worldly chocolate cupcakes.
Yummy! Love the themed cookies
Why are these goddamn cupcakes so good
The bakery staff itself are friendly but that products are what really shine. The individual tarts are delicious, especially the smore pie! The lemon bars and cupcakes are delicious. I haven’t had a bad experience with anything I have tried there. It is on the more expensive end. However, for the quality, it is spot on. More...
I heard great things about this bakery, so I was thrilled to be able to try some of their delicious treats! Outstanding!
Sai Charan Sundar Somarouthu
This is a really good place. They supply cakes for all types of occasions. They also have quick bites. There's a small table and 2 chairs. It's more like a to go place. Small and has a lot of bakery items. Will come back More...
I tried their hazelnut sponge with hazelnut chocolate filling and hazelnut buttercream. They used some sort of European buttercream (Swiss or French). It combines beautifully with the filling for a melt-in-your mouth experience. Flavors and texture were on point. Definitely one of my favorite cupcake shops in Chicago. More...
Go for the vegan desserts, but go early before they run out! The lounge next door is a great space to hang out and enjoy the treats. Also - don’t miss Colectivo Coffee! More...
Holy h*ll these pastries are phenomenal. Seriously. The. Best.
This company is awesome. We had a great experience tasting with them and then they even accommodated making a plane cake. My wife and I are both pilots and they went above and beyond making this happen. The cake was incredible too and everyone of our guests commented on how great it was. Loved this company. Easy to work with and super accommodating. More...
Alliance Bakery was awesome. Their location is great and the tasting was so fun and special; but mostly delicious! We got to custom choose our flavors and the final product was perfection and exactly what we asked for!
Alliance supplied the cake for our wedding. It was such a fun and easy process to design the cake. We had so much fun at the tasting with Nora. She helped us to design a cake that met our needs perfectly and wasn't too expensive. I am also happy to report our guests ate the entire cake! I would recommend them to anyone needing a cake for a special occasion. More...
Alliance supplied the cake for our wedding. It was such a fun and easy process to design the cake. We had so much fun at the tasting with Nora. She helped us to design a cake that met our needs perfectly and wasn't too expensive. Alliance also delivered the cake to the venue, which was perfect! I am also happy to report our guests ate the entire cake! I would recommend them to anyone needing a cake for a special occasion. More...
We recently had our wedding cake from this bakery, vintage vanilla with lemon curd, and wow. It was so good!! A great highlight of the evening.
My friend recently ordered these cupcakes for a party and they were incredible. The red velvet and carrot cake ones were some of the best I've ever had!
I called about having customized cookies for a law school party about 3 days before the event and they turned out AMAZING!!! They arrived on time. and were delicious. This place is so great. More...
We had a great experience working with Alliance Bakery on our wedding cake and macaroons. The tasting was laid-back and fun, and not stuffy like the other place we went to. The person we worked with was very approachable and funny but also professional, and together we put together a menu that perfectly fit what we we looking for. Most importantly, the quality of the cake and macaroons was second to none. We highly recommend Alliance Bakery for delicious food with a creative and sophisticated approach. More...
When I'm in the mood for a good macaroon, Alliance is my go to. They are the perfect texture, taste and size. I've also tried a variety of their desserts, the key lime tart has to be my favourite. Unfortunately, I can't say the same across the board, the cupcakes were quite disappointing and a few of the other pastries were hit or miss. More...
Remember that top tier that got eaten on our return from the honeymoon? 1 year later and my wife got in touch with Antonio and he made us an exact replica! I really appreciate that he's willing to take on a very small order just to make our anniversary special. I hope it becomes a yearly tradition! More...
Our wedding cake was unforgettable! I didn't have a great idea of the design I wanted, but I sent Alliance a couple pictures and thoughts... The end result was better than I could have dreamed. If you are slightly uncertain about your cake design and want expert guidance, this is the bakery for you.
A couple other things I loved about working with them:
1) They have a huge variety of cake flavors. You can be as creative as you want. We ended up choosing half red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and half lemon cake with coconut filling.
2) The cake tasting with Katy is held in an adorable front room next to the bakery. It was relaxing and fun, like having an afternoon tea with friends.
3) There were no hiccups or problems working with them. They are true professionals.
4) The cake was delicious. I got an unexpected number of compliments on it.
I will definitely find an event in which I can work with them again. They made my cake truly special. (Venue: Adler Planetarium) More...
Lisa Wolfson Jones
Gluten free and awesome tasting French macaroons. I was so excited
Best macaroons in the city
Best bakery in Chicago!!
Macarons to die for in many flavors. Adorable and delicious!
Alliance did such an amazing job making my sons Carolina Panthers football field cake!
I went it today because I had a taste for cupcakes I was definitely pleasantly surprised when I saw the wide variety of pastries plus cupcakes I'll definitely be coming back here awesome neighborhood spot
Denise La Pointe
Great pastries for me (mom) and the dogs
They have doggie stuff too! Definite plus!
The lemon cake is delicious!
Omg!!! Everything is soooo good!!!
The quiche is to die for!! The macaroons are brilliantly flavored, and the pastries are fabulously balances from their richness to taste. Absolutely amazing! Must come back every time I'm in Chicago! More...
I love Alliance Bakery. Even in a big city like Chicago the Alliance team makes it feel like a local coffee shop. Plus the sweets are amazing.
Reminder: the French Consulate in Chicago gets their macaroons from Alliance.
Best Bakery in Wicker ... Lots of great treats ... Baked goods for all ages
So much to choose it is hard to pick one.
As they say you get what you pay for. Well definitely worth every penny decadently so!!!!
Great baked goods. The best for custom orders
Delicious cookies. And they are making Chance the Rapper . I will be there.
Amazing with a side of whimsical.
A large coffee is only $2.75. Not only are the rest of their prices similarly amazing, but there's also 3 separate storefronts in which to buy, taste, and consume coffee/baked goods, respectively. Stop by this place if you're in the neighborhood and have either a sweet tooth or need a coffee fix. More...
Last minute cake. My kid liked it better that the gifts.
Olamide Maryann Ayoola
This is my 2nd time working with Alliance and I am very pleased. I had a custom cake made that was executed perfectly. The vanilla almond flavor was amazing. Thank you Peter!
Great cookies and pastries and great service. I called the day before I needed a custom cookie order and they had ready for me by 11 am. I called other bakeries and none of them could turn my order around that quickly. They don't typically make custom orders that fast but they made an exception and the cookies were perfect! More...
Stopped by late night (7pm), my first time. They still had a great selection of macaroons, individual cakes & cupcakes. Seasonal flavors for all pastries Decent price, with one vegan cupcake (PB & Choc). It's cool that their lounge is separate from the bakery, nice place to hang/study in a hip neighborhood More...
Beautiful bakery. Ordered a custom chocolate cake for my daughter's 18th birthday and it was divine. Top quality and a real treat.
It's a really cute bakery with yummy macaroons~
Best pastries in Wicker with a great patio to drink coffee and eat macaroons with your pup
I've never had anything from here that want delicious. Everything is delicious. The almond croissants are must haves.
Delicious delicate cake and pastry on the pricey side but worth it
Coffee is on point and everyone there is super friendly. Over all a great start for my morning.
This has been and still is my favorite bakery since i was a little kid!! They always have beautifull decor and my god that its soooo good and yummy!! The staff always have a smile and are very creative! Now I live in Argentina and every time a relitive goes back to Chicago I make them bring back a cookie and it always gets here in perfect shape!! I will always choose this bakery!! Simply the best!!! More...
What amazing array of yummy goods! Plus excellent space and staff. Never ever want this place to ever go away. Do they sell vegan and or gluten free? Might have missed it but saw none. The spaces for sampling, to sit inside and out and great. Amidst bro bars and noise, they bring class and integrity to the declining phase of Division as it descends into late gentrification. More...
I went in just after 8pm on a Monday. They still had a bunch of options to choose from (even some Vegan options) and their staff were so nice! I tried their carrot cake cupcake and the red velvet cupcake. Both of the cupcakes were very moist and delicious, however, the frostings were a little different and I didn't care for them. I ended up wiping the frostings off and just enjoyed the cupcakes. More...
Our wedding cake was SO, SO pretty and delicious. Our guests were raving about it - a few people even told us that it was the best cake they'd ever had!!! We're beyond glad we went with Alliance. More...
Antonio de la Peña
Delicious freshly baked cookies and the nicest staff. Recommended!
When I'm in the mood for a great macaroon, Alliance is my go to. They are the perfect texture, taste and size. I've also tried a variety of their desserts, the key lime tart has to be my favourite. Unfortunately, I can't say the same across the board, the cupcakes were quite disappointing and a few of the other pastries were hit or miss. That aside, I'll continue to frequent Alliance, as I've not found a more perfect macaroon anywhere in Chicago. More...
You'll find old-fashioned and traditional donuts abound in this no-frills shop. The crumb donut was insane and I could probably eat that sweet, apple pandowdy once a day. Thank God I don't live in Chicago. Also, the 24 hour schedule is dangerous but helpful for anyone with midnight/drunk cravings. I support it. More...
We used Alliance to create a groom's cake for our wedding. We sent in a photo of our dog to have a 16inch 3D cake made and let me tell you---it was a huge hit! They are so talented and can really make anything come to life in cake form! More...
We absolutely loved our tasting and loved our cake! The bakery was super accommodating and provided us small extras. Our cake would not taste for an entire year (and honestly just order a new one nothing should be eaten that's been frozen for a year), and the cake tasted just as great and was just as wonderful! We will definitely order from them again! More...
We ended up with alliance bakery because our reception site (the W city center) contracted out the baking to this bakery. The cake that was created was delicious! We had 4 layers all with different cake and icing flavors. I'm happy the W was connected with alliance and I would gladly choose them again on my own. More...
Alliance made us a beautiful cake. We didn't want anything too crazy, and just wanted a naked cake with a smattering of gold foil (see Pinterest), and even though we had a combination of vanilla and chocolate cake, it looked lovely peeking through the buttercream. I basically just let them know when and where the reception was, and they handled everything else. More...
Stopped by late night (7pm), my first time. They still had a great selection of macaroons, individual cakes & cupcakes. Seasonal flavors for all pastries Decent price, with one vegan cupcake (PB & Choc). It's cool that their lounge is separate from the bakery, nice place to hang/study in a hip neighborhood More...
Our cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious! We ordered a half bride/half grooms cake with no fondant (as I really dislike the stuff). The scroll work on the "bride's half" matched my dress and looked so pretty. The chocolate ganache on the "grooms half" was dark and yummy. Many of our guests complimented on the flavor; and the serving size was pretty big! More...
Alliance provided the Groom's cake for our rehearsal dinner and it was SO BEAUTIFUL - everybody there was amazed at how real it looked! My groom was very surprised as well. Alliance delivered to the venue and the planning process and service were so easy and wonderful! A little pricey but worth it for a once in a lifetime event! More...
My parents own a restaurant and have been using Alliance for a long time. I am so happy we went with them for the cake. It was super tasty and looked great!
Most of our guests ate at least 2 if not 3 pieces of cake which should indicate how wonderful it was. Simple and easy process, delivery right on time. We could not be happier.
Alliance totally nailed the cake and desserts we had at our wedding! We worked with Jenn through the planning process and she was great at bringing our vision (and flavors) to life. We did a small 3 tier cake with almond cake, strawberry filling, and vanilla buttercream icing and it was one of the best bites of cake I ever had. Our dessert table also had mini desserts like fruit tarts, mousse bars, and cupcakes that looked gorgeous. The only downside, as most brides would say, is I wish I had more time to eat everything! But I'm glad the guests all loved the treats. : ) More...
This quaint spot popular with commuters brews great Bowtruss coffee and has equally tasty pastries to go with!
Wish they had a few table inside. The place looks fantastic!
Delicious local bakery. Rose croissant .
Too bad there aren't any bathrooms at this place, otherwise it'd be a lovely regular spot for me to grab a coffee and do some work
Ordered a cake for my wifes gender reveal party and it was fantastic!!! The cake was a million times better than we had hoped for. Incredible service, and most importantly, incredible cake. Thank you Nora More...
This coffee shop was one of the original reasons i moved to Chicago from the suburbs. Relax with a cup and go nuts on your laptop. They've spruced up the interior several times (liked the original thrift-store look best) but it's still a fantastic place, winter or summer. Pastries I find a little dry sometimes but overall good quality stuff. More...
Unbelievably Amazing experience!!! I ordered a Birthday cake for my husband who happens to be an attorney down the street from Alliance Bakery and they delivered the most Beautiful, Judicial cake I have ever seen. It was mind blowing and tasted as good as it looked! Thank you Alliance for your artistry and detail to design. I loved it and will always place future orders with you. All the Best, Cherie Lauer More...
I tried the lemon cupcake with strawberry frosting. It was just the right sweetness.
Great pastries and coffee perfect for custom treats and cakes. Macaroons are top notch.
Known for cakes and other sweets, but don't overlook the breakfast pastries. Fantastic kouign amann (say queen-ah-mahn) and great coffee. Take a few minutes and sit at their little table; enjoy the beginning of your day. It doesn't get any better than this. More...
Best desserts ever
I ordered a birthday cake for my wife and it was excellent. The cake was a vanilla flavor with a butter cream icing. While mine was a low key design I have seen some very impressive cakes in the window. They also make decent lattes and have a small selection of good macaroons. Their cafe seating area next door offers a quiet place to work or study too. More...
Awesome treats, a free WiFi lounge and close proximity to the Division street train stop!
My anniversary cake they did for me. Beautiful
I ordered a cake for my cousin's birthday. Everything had to be confirmed by email and phone because I live in San Francisco. Unfortunately I placed the order for the wrong pick up date! That was my bad, so my cousin didn't get her Tiffany Box Cake but I got my money refunded today (10% was charged.) Anyways, thank you for being kind and making it easy to order and cancel from miles away. I hope to order a cake and actually get to eat it on another occasion. More...
I watch dis TLC channel the team is really hard work... That's why I like soo much....
Great new wi-fi lounge. Coffee is effective. Can't speak to the desserts.
Jessica Van Conett
I'm from out of state and my friends and I went on a macaroon hunt across the city to find the best ones from several bakeries and these were my favorite! I also had an Anne cake from there and it was delightful 10/10 would go again! More...
Just great. Will go back again.
Picked up pastries before going to a brunch at someone's house. Cupcakes are delicious.
If your intent is to grab a coffee and get some work done, this is your place. Alliance has a separate workspace 1 door down with a quiet, inviting atmosphere, tons of work space, couches, etc., and loads of power outlets (by design) and decent internet. Thank you Alliance for providing this work area. It's a neighborhood gem, in my opinion and my favorite place to tuck into your work. More...
Alliance makes the BEST custom cakes. We had chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate cream filling.It was ready on time on a busy Saturday morning -- all our guests raved about it!
Alliance Bakery is very well known in Chicago and now I know why! The cake was amazing - soft, fluffy, but still had flavor. The fillings were really what sold us here though - we did a white cake with raspberry preserves and the vanilla bean filling for our October wedding and I still cannot believe how much the fillings just made the cake. There was so much flavor in both, which surprised me, because vanilla can be so bland with a white cake sometimes - this was not the case with Alliance Bakery's filling. We kept the top of our cake to eat on our 6 month anniversary, as our planner landed us a free new cake for our 1 year anniversary, and BOY - that cake was still amazing after sitting in a freezer for so long. I refused to throw it away, because it was still so good, so my husband & I finished the whole top layer in just a couple days!
The only criticism that I have with the bakery is the lack of design help that I had received. I didn't really know what I was after and I needed a bit more guidance. My cake was simple, and I'm happy with it, but I wish I knew what options I had and how I could've been more creative with the appearance. Given all of the INCREDIBLE cakes they have displayed in their windows, I was hoping for more! More...
Having been a frequent customer of Alliance Bakery for years, they were top on our list for our wedding cake. And, they definitely did not disappoint! They were very flexible and not at all pushy with regard to our cake order – we went with a small 4”/6” tier cake for cutting and a large sheet cake for serving our guests (using different flavors for each – vanilla w/raspberry preserve and hazelnut w/mocha buttercream). The cake was delivered on time and intact the day of our wedding. We received a lot of comments on the deliciousness of the cake. We’re looking forward to the fresh one-year anniversary version they provide (in addition to the cake we froze). More...
Alliance Bakery did a wonderful job with our wedding cake and groom's cake. We went back and forth with designs so many times, but they were extremely helpful and patient throughout the whole process. Would definitely recommend and even book them again, not only for weddings, but for other events too. More...
Alliance Bakery did a fantastic job on both the wedding cake and my husband's groom's cake at our wedding. The groom's cake, which was in the likeness of our dog Jake, was so good that it hurt to cut it. (We covered his eyes so he wouldn't see the knife coming). Not only were the cakes beautiful, but they tasted wonderful. More...
Our wedding cake was unbelievably beautiful and delicious! Alliance Bakery worked very closely with my florist and incorporated all of the special touches that I asked for including the pearl buttons, custom monogram, and lace. The groom's cake was also over-the-top. Since my husband and I met in Mongolia while serving in the Peace Corps, they made us a traditional Mongolian ger (similar to a yurt). . The baker took time to research all of the intricacies of a traditional Mongolian home - I was blown away by how detailed it was! More...
Alliance happened to be the vendor of choice for our venue, and boy were we lucky! The shop is so cute, they totally nailed our design, and it was absolutely delicious. Almond cake with salted caramel frosting - can't go wrong! More...
Working with Alliance Bakery was easy and fun! The cake tasting was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning, as everything was completely delicious! The cake was beautiful and was exactly what I was envisioning, and I got a lot of compliments from guests on how delicious it was. It was very simple to work with Alliance and they were very responsive every time I contacted them. More...
I have nothing but good things to say about Alliance Bakery. My wedding cake was beautiful and delicious. It was easy to work with the staff here as well. I highly recommend.
Alliance did a wonderful job on my wedding cake and groom's cake. They have a huge photo gallery of their work which made it easy to get an idea of what I wanted to do for my cakes. They were very accommodating and the cakes arrived on time and in perfect condition. They were really delicious as well! More...
Jennifer and her team did an unbelievable job with our cake! They customized it for our taste figuratively and literally and everyone raved about the frosting and how tasty it was. Very cool experience and I would use them again in a heartbeat! More...
We ordered our wedding cake through Alliance Bakery in Chicago for our November wedding. We loved the options we had for our cake, and our cake looked beautiful on the day of our wedding. In addition to our cake being delicious, Alliance offers its customers a coupon to come in to get a small version of our wedding cake for your first year anniversary, instead of having to freeze your cake - which is a great service! Our only regret was that we weren't able to eat more of the cake at the wedding! More...
We LOVED working with Alliance. I knew of them through a different venue that we actually didn't go with, but after I found their name, I knew I eventually wanted to work with them. I wanted our wedding to have a grassroots feel, and to me, Alliance Bakery really embodies that spirit. Jennifer was a great resource and nailed down what we wanted during our tasting. She even let us taste an additional flavor because one of the ones we had chosen originally was included. It was a really nice touch. It's kind of a weird, scary concept - you have this image of something you like and want, and you tell the bakery, and then you don't see it until you're actually there on your wedding day. But with Alliance, everything was just the way I hoped it would be. We got so many compliments on the cake! Thank you again for making our day so special. More...
Alliance Bakery did a fantastic job of creating the cake for our wedding. The tasting was very informative and fun, and the bakery was willing to go the extra mile for us. Use this bakery!
Alliance Bakery was included in our wedding reception package, and we're so grateful! They were so easy to work with and everything was delicious. The tasting itself was fun to mix different flavors. I brought in friends to help my now husband as I'm gluten free. It was easy to pick the cake design. I went off one of their previous design and made some modifications to make it unique for us. Everyone complemented how beautiful it was, and how good it was. More...
a great place to huncker down with a delicious latte and some macaroons. brought my baby and met up with some others moms, a quiet great space to hang out
Doesn't look much on the outside, but don't let that fool you. Authentic French macarons by a real French pastry chef. That's why when you try rose macaron you will realize that this is true: IT TASTES LIKE THE ROSE SMELLS.I will be back to try other varieties one day, but for now rose is my obsession. More...
My cake was delicious. OMG! Best cake I ever had. Thank you. This cake was the highlight of my birthday. I ordered a 10 round. Chocolate Meringue frosting, lemon, vanilla and chocolate layered. With one layer of lemon curd and the bottom layer with strawberry perserve. It was so fresh and yummy. Thank you! More...
The best almond croissants. Please stop depriving yourself of one.
1. They prefer cash for smaller transactions (I.E. Just Coffee, or a croissant).2. If you want to sit inside their lounge area, be sure to be quite. It's always silent as a graveyard in there. The room is separate from their register area, so the noise is minimal.3. Sit outside, in the early morning if possible, and strike up a conversation with some of the regulars.I love their food, their drinks, the atmosphere, the patio, the cake display in the window (which changes periodically, currently they have a Narwal Cake! ). I'd say 99.5% of everything about this place is wonderful except how quiet the lounge is. More...
Alliance Bakery made our day!! We ordered a two-tier cake for our baby shower recently and they churned out the most beautiful cake that looked like an art form. I sent them a pic to use as a reference and they made the cake to match the pic to the dot. I called all the custom cake shops in Chicago and they had the best rate. I saved a portion of the cake decoration as a remembrance.HIGHEST QUALITY, BEAUTIFUL DESIGN AT THE BEST RATE!! More...
Excellent cakes. Moist but have the right "bounce" - I can't stop once I start. I just wish it's not that pricey.
Had a specialty birthday cake made for my boyfriend's 30th. I brought them my idea and they delivered way beyond my expectations (which were high to begin with -- have you SEEN the cakes in their window?). Not only did the design come out great, the cake tasted good too. The staff was very friendly easy to work with. I also snagged a chocolate praline cronut while I was waiting for them to package up the cake -- delicious. Highly recommend, especially for specialty cakes! More...
We ordered our wedding cake (4 tiered simple rustic design) and a groom's cake (A 3D TARDIS) for our wedding. Both cakes were DELICIOUS and were absolutely beautiful. Alliance was very easy to work with and even allowed us to resample two flavors after our original cake tasting when we couldn't decide. They were one of our favorite vendors! More...
I've been going to Alliance Bakery for years and knew I would order my wedding cake from them even before I was engaged. Their cakes are delicious--not too sweet with high quality ingredients. Jennifer was so fun to work with and really helped us figure out the right amount of cake to order. We took my two nieces to the tasting and had so much fun picking out cake flavors. We kept our budget in check by having a 3 tier cake to display with matching flavor sheet cake to cut costs. It worked perfectly--our cake was simple, gorgeous and delicious! More...
Alliance provided our fake wedding cake for our reception and it was wonderful! We gave the decorators carte blanche, just sending them a picture of the venue decor we had in mind. They created a cake that had the style and whimsy we were looking for! Great job! Highly recommended! More...
Gorgeous grooms cake, wedding cake and sweets for our rehearsal dinner and reception! We couldn't have been happier with Alliance's tasting, responsiveness, and amazing sweets! Thank you!
Our sweetheart cutting cake was exactly what we wanted, and the desserts we shared with our guests were fantastic. We worked with Jenn to discuss our options and she hosted the nicest cake and sweets tasting to help us make up our minds. The sweets we chose were all delectable and we are still receiving great feedback from guests. Our sweetheart cake was not only delicious, but beautiful. I had a vision in my head that I couldn't seem to verbalize, and Jenn worked tirelessly to pin it down. She provided example upon example of what she thought I wanted until she hit the nail on the head. It was exactly what we wanted and we are so happy with how it turned out. We have a serious chunk frozen at home and I can't wait to thaw it out for our one-year anniversary. More...
Wow is what I heard over and over again in regards to my wedding cake. I expected my cake to be gorgeous- after all I picked it off their website. I did not expect it to taste as amazing as it did. Even the next day when I was finally able to try it and it was sitting in the hotel room unsealed and unrefrigerated. My favorite part of the night was when the groom's cake was presented to my new husband. They competely nailed my vision and it was a hit with all our guests. We received so many compliments. That said this kind of perfection comes with a steep price tag so be prepared! It was all worth it in the end for us! More...
Jennifer with Alliance met with us and helped us figure out what we wanted as this was an area that we had no idea about other than color. She helped us define a beautiful cake and we had a tasting. Since it was summer wedding we wanted something fresh and not too heavy and it turned out perfectly! Everyone loved the cake - it was the best wedding cake I had ever tasted. The only thing was we weren't sure exactly how it was going to turn out but it was gorgeous - they made sugar flowers to match the peacock dendrobiums we had. The best part is they said they do a complimentary small cake for us on our one year anniversary! Can't wait to have another taste!! More...
For our wedding my husband and I had our own small 8 inch personal cake at our sweetheart table and than we had a sweets table for everyone else. Our cake, the mini cupcakes, and the mini raspberry chocolate fruit tarts were all from Alliance. They were all delicious, but most especially our cake was to die for. So moist with amazing flavors. If you like cake go with Alliance! They're a little pricier than others but I think it's worth it! More...
Awesome bakery with great cakes for a great price. They did both the groom's cake and the wedding cake. Both were delicious and beautiful. Everything we talked about and agreed upon was delivered, including great taste. Can't ask for more. The cake was so great, that I didn't know it was served because it was eaten up so quickly. More...
The wedding coordinator Jennifer was awesome. The cake was unbelievable, the design is just the way I wanted it. The cake taste super good. Lots of compliments from my guests.
Thank you Jennifer. More...
Amazing Experience! Received such great compliments!
I loved my wedding cake and so did all our guests! The cake was everything I wanted; simple, elegant and beautiful. However, we didn't get a chance to save the top layer of cake! By the time my wedding coordinator went back into the kitchen the cake was gone or tossed. :( Please keep in mind that you should probably mention something about saving your top layer, if that is what you wish to do. I have been hankering for another slice ever since. I guess we will just have to wait for our anniversary to make another cake happen! More...
My husband is from Nottingham, England and I wanted a grooms cake to make him feel like he had a piece of his hometown with him at our Chicago wedding. I told Jennifer about this at Alliance Bakery and told her some ideas of landmarks in the city like Sherwood Forest, Nottingham Forest, Robin Hood, Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem. The image she created was so amazing and the detail of the cake was fascinating. Best cake I've ever seen. He was wonderfully surprised as were all of our British guests and they were explaining the cake to the Americans. Very cool that they could do that for us. More...
I have worked with Alliance Bakery in the past and decided to use them for my cake. Even though I was resistant to having a cake at all I am so glad I did! Until my own wedding, I had never had a piece of wedding cake that tasted good. The cake from Alliance was beautiful and it tasted amazing. And the staff as always is lovely! More...
My cake was beautiful and soooooo delicious!!
We ordered our wedding cake from Alliance Bakery for about 115 people (ended up with only 80 guests in the end so we had a ton of cake left over). The cake was absolutely delicious - we had three different flavors, all with Italian meringue buttercream frosting: lemon cake with vanilla bean cream and passionfruit mousse filling, vanilla cake with strawberry preserves and chocolate mousse filling, and lemon cake with raspberry filling. Our guests loved every single flavor. There were some issues with communication; sometimes it took a week or so to get responses to emails, and it was tough to reach someone via phone on the day of the wedding. However, the cake was made, decorated, and delivered as planned and on-time. The cake was beautiful, and the quality of the cake itself was wonderful. I would definitely recommend Alliance Bakery to my friends. More...
So I was walking along the street when I happened to see macaroons out of the corner of my eye. I had to stop and try them as the assorted colors drew you in. It was a great desert and my favorite was the sea salt caramel along with the rose. I did a little mental math later that angered me a little bit. I paid $19.25 for a box of ten macaroons and they were being sold for $1.75 each. This place would have gotten an easy 5 stars for me if I didn't feel like I was getting ripped off a bit to buy a box. I didn't think about it until after we left though. All things considered. Everything I tried was good. Just remember to buy individually instead of the box. More...
Not only is their window display amazing but the looks don't do the taste justice.
The cronuts here are delicious. Anything rose flavored is great. The ham and cheese croissant is scrumtious.
One of my favorite things to do in Chicago is stop by Alliance for an iced latte and a savory croissant. Yesterday I tried roasted red pepper and feta and it was as good as everything else of theirs I've ever tried (fantastic!). They also have a lounge next door where you can relax, which is always nice. Friendly helpful staff, beautiful and delicious treats, and COFFEE. More...
Almond croissants are delicious! It was expensive but good! savory croissant and chocolate croissants are ok. the wait can be really long though so give yourself 15-30 minutes if you have somewhere to be! :)
i ordered my birthday cake from here, they do amazing work. some of the best bakery decorating i have seen so far. I went in to see what they have in the shop and they have new cookies designs for the season even the day! i love this place, a little pricey but deffinetly worth it More...
No hassel service, good coffee and have to try more pastries. Free wifi and comfortable seating area
Alliance made my wedding cake in July 2013 and they did an excellent job! I wanted a pretty simple design but they made it beautiful, and of course delicious. They were very flexible with options to combine two cake flavors (I had to give my fiance at least one thing he wanted in the wedding planning process...) and they were more than happy to deliver special desserts for our vegan and gluten free guests. Jennifer was really helpful with the few questions I had and our tasting was fun. I highly recommend Alliance Bakery! More...
Incredible cake displays that change seasonally with a front-space that hearkens back to the older style of stores on Division prior to the sports-bar explosion, Alliance Bakery is a worthwhile stop along your jaunt west (or east) in Wicker Park. Don't miss the croissants and pain-au-chocolats. Finally, do take a few minutes to shut off your smart-phones, turn to your fellow diner, and simply savor the streetscape outdoors if weather permits. While the seating outside is minimal, there's far too good people-watching you'd miss along with that tasty cupcake. My recommendation for an afternoon pasttime. More...
I often visit Alliance couple times a week. My only bone to pick with this place is Macaroon which was pretty awesome. However, I have tried a three-layered cake of passionfruit mousse and raspberry chocolate mousse on my friend's birthday, yesterday. They both are heavenly.Service: the place is tiny and wait times can be long during busy periods, but servers have always been friendly.Anyway, thanks for ethereal dessert experience, Alliance! More...
They have best frosting ever! I got some cupcakes for a friends birthday and She LOVED them! They make amazing cakes!
One of my favorite places in Chicago, this gem is my go-to spot for beautiful & delicious treats. They went out of their way to make a custom cake in a pinch, also. 5 stars!
The cakes in the window got my attention. The blueberry scones, friendly staff, and huge cafe next door keep me coming back.
Alliance Bakery was able to supply exactly what I wanted on a very short time frame. The representative I spoke to was extremely helpful and was able to recommend different flavors and sizes of cakes. I chose to have cheesecakes and they were delicious. Three days before my wedding, I remembered that I had wanted to do cupcake favors. I sent a quick email - "Can I add 40 cupcakes in whatever flavor(s) you recommend?" and they were able to without any questions. The cupcakes were SO GOOD. Best cupcake I had ever had and several guests said the same thing. I highly recommend this bakery. More...
Great choice for wedding cake with a massive collection of design ideas and very creative designers. Good for downtown weddings with reasonable price.
Was really the best wedding cake I've ever had, and they were so easy to work with. Most wedding cakes taste hard and stale, the frosting was soft and light and we got a banana filling which was incredible, everyone at the wedding kept talking about the cake!!!
Best cake I've ever had! We did a small two layer and it was amazing! Exactly as I envisioned and explained to them! It was perfect!
It's not a lot of times after a wedding you hear people saying "the cake was AMAZING." However, the cake was AMAZING! :) Plus, it was gorgeous and exactly as I had described how I wanted it at my tasting. Could not have been better. Thank you! More...
This is the absolute best bakery in the city. I had my red velvet wedding cake from there and it was the best thing in the world!!
I absolutely loved our cake! It was so beautiful and so delicious, and working with everyone at Alliance was a breeze. Especially compared to a previous cake experience with another bakery that was less-than. Everyone was easy to get in touch with and responded quickly. Thank you, Alliance Team! More...
Coffee me now please. Better yet, please pass the macarons. This place has the BEST in the entire city. I'm secretly kind of glad that I don't live across the street anymore because it is dangerous living there. SO good!!!
The people there is just so friendly. They really care about their customers tastes. However the baker doesnt stand up to this. it is your typical american bakery. not much taste or anything. just sugar. thats it thats all More...
Friendly service. Nice, quiet environment to study and meet with friends!
great breakfast sandwiches and nice quite-ish place to work the the room next door. Free internet for customers. Also great coffee.
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Strong coffee, delicious pastries and a great Division Street patio, make Alliance a go to spot when in the neighborhood. I love the flakiness of their croissants, which are buttery and delicious. Plus they have authentic macaroons which are among the best in town! More...
I love Alliance Bakery. It's my go to coffee shop in Wicker Park. The pastries are always fresh and coffee is amazing. There's a large work space next door & I have seen John Cusack enjoying a coffee here!!!!
Lounge is great, especially since recent renovation. Recently changed coffee offering too, which is a big improvement. Croissants & Quiches a great quick breakfast option.
Amazing Amazing Amazing bakery, Crazy amazing cake designs not to mention top notch coffee! Definitely worht dropping by to check out the cake designs by Betsy and picking up some cutue cookeis and cakes for a munch!
Good treats. A big variety. From very sweet to non sweet.
I love this place. Their macaroons and almond croissants keep me coming back!
I used to live right behind Alliance, and it was one of my favorite things about living off Division St. My favorite thing to order is the Almond Croissant. SO GOOD! They have Intelligista coffee, which is also amazing. I have also used them for a custom cake order and was very pleased with the quality and service. Their attached lounge is perfect for a lazy Saturday or study session. More...
The food here is amazing. The coffee is okay, but the pastries are to die for!!!!
Love Alliance. Good coffee. Great, quiet study atmosphere to hang out for hours. Good food. Great desserts!!! Good outdoor patio.
Oh wow! Where do I start? I'm a red velvet fanatic. This place hit the spot. Decor was very simple but classy. I was on my way to visit some friends and when we walked past the door we could smell the aroma. MMmmmmmmhhh! :)This place had very friendly staff. I'm used to just picking up Jewel or Dominicks pastries, so the staff was very helpful and they knew just how to serve what I wanted the next time I came in to purchase some specialty cup cakes for a co-workers birthday.I will never go back to grocery chain pastries again. This is the spot!Keep up the great work! More...
The pastry here is amazing, they also have great coffee! The friendly service makes you feel at home, everytime I go here! The decor is cute and quaint!
Alliance Bakery was the preferred baker for all weddings at the W City Center. It was included in our package with the W, but we still were able to do a complimentary tasting and visit Alliance. We worked with Jennifer who was helpful and sweet (pun intended!). We opted out of doing any up-charged flavors or designs and settled on our own cake topper with a simple black ribbon. What was even more was that the cake tasted amazing and they had enough for all our guests. Even 5 days later, I'm picking at the delicious fillings, and I'm excited that on our 1 year anniversary we receive a complimentary cake from them! More...
We did our wedding in Chicago and we live in Omaha, Jennifer and her staff did an amazing job from our cake tasting in January to the final product being delivered to the hotel-it was beautiful and tasted great too!!! Many thanks!
Alliance bakery did an amazing job meeting our needs for our wedding. We chose to go with cupcakes with a small cake topper. It was perfect for our guests. Guest were raving about how wonderful the cupcakes tasted. I would highly recommend Alliance Bakery for not only weddings but for any event. More...
I had a small, two-tiered wedding cake made to display in the center of the reception venue and cut with my new husband. (I used sheet cakes for the actual served desert which saved me a TON of money!) The cake that was made went above and beyond my expectations -- the creative craftsmanship and attention to detail at Alliance is amazing!! The cakes are literally works of art... it was difficult to cut into! :( I saved the top tier in my freezer which is gorgeously adorned with lime green handmande flowers of fondant; they look real; to cut on my one-year anniversary. Alliance is a historic bakery which has been at its Wicker Park Division street location since before there was even a "wicker park"! The cakes displayed in the window look like they should be featured on television... get your cake here!! More...
Alliance Bakery was one of the preferred vendors for our venue so we were happy to work with them. We found their product to be delicious and at a very competitive price, compared to some of the other preferred vendors. They were easy to work with and the cake looked exactly like what we had discussed. Very happy with them. More...
It's been a week since our wedding and I miss the taste of our wedding cake. It was absolutely delicious. We did a hazelnut cake with a salted caramel buttercream. It was heavenly.
I took off the 1 star for professionalism mainly because the tasting was very disappointing. We didn't have a choice in picking the cake vendor, but have been to Alliance many times prior to our wedding. We were thrilled they ended up being our cake vendor. However, during the cake tasting, I was a bit bummed out by mainly 2 things. The cake we tasted was very dry and wasn't visually appealing (came straight from their upside down cupcakes), which wasnt the case at all on our wedding day. Another thing that bothered me was how the tasting went. It was more of a self-guided tasting. They left us with the cakes and photos of the cakes and just checked back with us to see what we decided. I wish they would have been able to tell us what types of designs they could do for us and what was covered under the hotel contract, etc.
Overall, I was still VERY VERY PLEASED with our wedding cake and the minor detail would not change us from recommending them again! More...
Our wedding cake was perfect. We were having a dessert table, so we wanted a smaller cake for cutting. I viewed the cake ideas online, and used one of the bakery's ideas. I was able to select the details and order the cake as a walk in. Everyone was very nice and helpful. I ended up with a Chicago themed cake for our downtown Chicago wedding. The cake was delicious and all the pieces were gone in a hurry. They called us a couple days prior to the wedding to touch base, and to reassure that everything was set. The entire experience with Alliance was very reassuring, and they exceeded my expectations. More...
I used Alliance Bakery for my wedding in March 2013. The cake was stunning and they offered creative suggestions in the planning process. It was delicious too!
From the initial emails to the tasting to the wedding day, Alliance provided excellent customer service and a phenomenal cake! It was absolutely stunning and delicious! Thank you! More...
My husband and I chose Alliance Bakery as it was one of the vendors included in our hotel weddubg package. After comparing options, I could see not only were their designs fabulous but they had a wider variety of flavor choices than the others. We went with a sleek and simple design which turned out gorgeous, mimicking the pattern on our invitations. It was a 4 tiered cake and they let us alternate flavors. One was lemon cake with lemon curd and raspberry. SO fresh and delicious. Then we went with a unique take on the traditional chocolate, regular cake with a salted caramel filling. The design, the taste, the planning experience with Jennifer and the team… perfect. They even give you a fresh cake topper for your 1 year anniversary. I’d highly recommend Alliance to anyone! More...
Alliance make the most beautiful wedding cakes! We almost didn't want to cut it because it looked so great.... but then we did and it tasted great to!!
The hotel where we had our reception uses Alliance Bakery for their wedding cakes, so we couldn't really shop around for bakeries. However, we're glad that the hotel works with such a fantastic bakery. The cake itself was delicious, and we were able to create two combos of cake and filling. My only complaint is that I picked out a design in one of their books (I didn't really have an idea of what I wanted) and wanted the exact design, but the cake looking nothing like it. Since the cake decorations were the last thing on my priority list, it wasn't a big deal, but it definitely wasn't what I had exactly requested either. So just make sure you check the design before you okay everything. More...
We absolutely LOVED our wedding cake! It was delicious AND beautiful! Alliance was so easy to work with and we loved our tasting!!
The cake was delicious! We got the lemon cake with lemon curd filling & it was AMAZING! They were very flexible with any changes we came up with, too.
I highly recommend using Alliance Bakery for your wedding cake! More...
Our wedding cake was delicious and looked beautiful! Alliance was great from our initial tasting through wedding day. A week or so before the wedding we decided to change our cake design, we e-mailed the bakery and they were very accommodating and made the changes for us. For the cake, we chose the white cake with the hazelnut filling and everyone has still been talking about how good it tasted. More...
We would definitely recommend Alliance. They were very easy to work with, made our tasting fun, listened to our preferences and made excellent suggestions. Our wedding cake surpassed our expectations! Thanks Alliance! More...
Our cake was absolutely beautiful! Modern and clean :) The service and tasting was very well done too! The flavors, to die for: chocolate with raspberry custard and fresh raspberries and hazelnut with banana custard and fresh caramelized bananas. Amazing job!
Not only was our wedding cake from Alliance gorgeous, but it tasted uh-MAZING! Mitchell made sure we were able to incorporate all the flavors we wanted (the benefits of having multiple tiers!) and worked within our budget to create a simple and elegant cake design. Thanks for the eye candy and yumminess, Alliance! More...
Alliance Bakery created the most amazing wedding cake for our wedding. I wanted something less traditional that matched my theme - they nailed it! Not only does the Alliance team create stunning cakes, but equally important they taste fantastic! I have a big sweet tooth and am very picky about my cake, and I would recommend Alliance to anybody! More...
Alliance Bakery was one of 10 recommended bakeries from my reception venue. I went through the list and contacted each bakery and Alliance was the only one that actually had a live person available to talk to and they were also the only one available to meet at a time that was convenient and not during work week hours. Mitchell was the consultant that we worked with and he was extremely accomodating and helpful in recommending flavors and in helping us keep our costs down. Alliance was by far the most economical and didn't have that stuffy wedding bakery feel to any of our meetings all because they are a bakery first and foremost with an eclectic taste. I do NOT have an eclectic taste and wanted a very classic looking wedding cake and classic is what I got. I also used Alliance to make a Groom's cake for our Rehearsal dinner in which I just simply asked for cake in the shape of my husband's college logo, they not only made it well but it was one of the most delicious cakes ever. I will use Alliance over and over again throughout my life. More...
We loved our cake!!!! It was simple but elegant and was delicious!!! Mitchell was wonderful to work with and we were planning from VA.....you can't go wrong with Alliance Bakery! More...
The cake from alliance bakery came with our package at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, so I didn't choose this place myself but it turned out fantastic! The people at the bakery are friendly and helpful and of course the cake was delicious! I'm excited for the free cake we will get on our one year anniversary! More...
The cake was amazing.
Looked like a work of art.
The tasting sold us on using Alliance, since they were the most professional, and prepared. They worked in our budget.
We got rave reviews from our family! More...
Too bad there are only 5 stars - Alliance rates a 7!! Can't say enough good things about this vendor. I was not after an over-the-top cake, but it turned out I got one anyway. I took ideas from at least 3 of the sample cakes and they seamlessly melded them to create a totally stunning cake for me. My venue originally had another bakery as their supplier, but 3 months before my date, they had to shut down due to contamination issues - and my venue, and I were stuck! The guys @ Alliance really stepped up to the plate, and produced a simple but luxuriously elegant, personalized, perfect cake for us. They also waived a few upcharges to help us out in a pinch. Since I was having trouble narrowing down my flavors, they suggested i use them ALL, so I did. Each of my 3 layers were unique, and they were all delicious. I didn't get a chance to have more than a bite - but several guests mentioned how great the flavors were, since they sampled each layer! Fortunately, they even gave us their own wedding gift: a certificate for a mini-cake for our anniversary. If I ever get married for the 2nd time again, these will be my go-to guys. More...
We received a credit to go towards our wedding cake as part of our wedding package at the Chicago Mart Plaza. Our cake wasn't something we obsessed about at the time, but they really gave us a great wedding cake! We did a tasting with Alliance and talked over an idea we saw in a magazine, and they assured us that they'd be able to do it without a problem. All of the cake flavors we tasted were great - so much that we started getting really excited about the cake when the day came closer. Not only did they deliver a beautiful cake for us that got rave reviews from the guests, but it tasted fantastic! As a bonus (and I'm not sure if this was part of our venue package or if it's their doing), but we have a gift certificate to get another 6" cake for free to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Highly recommended bakery! More...
My entire experience with Alliance was positive. It was easy to schedule an appointment. They're flexible in their options and pricing. Their cakes are delicious, which is the most important part. They were very professional and easy to work with. I had a picture of a cake I found in a magazine and they were able to replicate it. I highly recommend working with them. They also gave us a gift certificate for a free anniversary cake, which is nice since we did not save the top of our cake. More...
Since we only wanted a simple 3 tier square cake with a fondant ribbon around the base of each layer, we really didn't want to pay the exorbitant prices some of the hip cake designers charge. I called around to many Chicago bakeries to get pricing info, and Alliance was the best. We also felt good because they were a preferred cake supplier of our venue (W City Center Hotel).
We scheduled a tasting at the cute little bakery/coffee shop, chose two different flavor combinations and were on our way. Easy as pie.
On our wedding day, the cake was delivered as promised and looked beautiful. We didn't get to taste any that day but heard it was great! Lastly, a nice little perk is that instead of saving the top tier of cake in the freezer for a year until it becomes stale and tasteless, Alliance gives all brides & grooms a certificate for a small 16" cake in the same flavor as the original wedding cake, redeemable anytime during the year after the wedding. Can't wait to use it! More...
There was so many choices of creating the cake. The cost of the cake was very good and the little kids loved it! Came on time and it was my dream cake for my wedding.
Our wedding cake was from Alliance Bakery as part of our hotel wedding package. Our tasting was very organized and went well, though their book of cake ideas to look at included only 3 pages of what was included with our package, everything else was additional. I was surprised at how simple the designs had to be to be included. Also, we tasted mocha buttercream and really enjoyed it, which was oddly not on their price sheet, but they later said it would be an additional $150, as that's how many people the entire cake was for. We only wanted it for 1 layer and really did not want to spend any money over what our package included, so we went with plain chocolate buttercream, which was good as well, but definitely not the same. When we found out our final count the week before, which was less than the 150 people, they made us downgrade from a 4 layer to a 3 layer and we again asked if we could then add in the mocha buttercream, as our cake would be technically worth less, because of our less people. They still wouldn't give us our mocha buttercream, so we went without.
Other than their lack of flexibility, everything else with Alliance was absolutely wonderful. They delivered the cake without having to contact us on the actual wedding day and it was gorgeous and exactly (or better!) than we expected. The cake tasted perfect and the fillings were wonderful. They even had the hotel give us a coupon for a free anniversary cake for our 1-year. More...
Alliance Bakery was included in the cost of our reception at the Holiday Inn so I wasn't sure what we would get and I thought our cake was wonderful. We had a lemon cake with buttercream and raspberry filling and it was moist and delicious! We recieved lots of compliments on the cake. And the decoration was exactly what we asked for. More...
For the most part our cake was a hit and the bakery did a great job, but I do have to say it wasn't the smoothest process along the way. I had really done a lot of internet searching on what I wanted the cake to look like. Although there are a lot of beautiful cakes out there, I wanted something original that was different than a tiered cake with some kind of flower on it. My husband is a drummer and I found a great picture of a cake that looked like a drum kit. It was perfect because it was outside the box and different than other traditional wedding cakes, but the circular "drums" were still standard rounds that fell into more of what you'd expect a wedding cake to look like. We had our cake included in our wedding package with our hotel so all we had to do was set up a tasting and a design consultation with the bakery. I was a little caught off guard because although they have several different cake flavors and fillings they limited the tasting to three cakes and three fillings. I can totally understand that they have to draw a line somewhere so they aren't making a million little cakes and fillings for every tasting, but when they have over a dozen selections of cakes and another dozen or more of fillings, three doesn't seem a lot. Especially once you want to try the standard vanilla and chocolate, then you only really have one more "outside the norm" choice. I didn't complain though, because I know nothing about cakes and bakeries and I didn't want to start my consultation on the wrong foot as some kind of already complaining bridezilla. I was under the impression based on the way the hotel had described our included (i.e., free) cake that we just had to pick a flavor, talk about a design and that was that. I had two conversations with the bakery before my appointment and I let them know I had a picture (which they said was great and to bring it along). I asked them if there was anything else I needed or needed to come prepared with and they said no. What I didn't expect was to sit down and be handed a sheet of how most of the cake flavors and fillings were additional costs and how certain design elements were also additional costs. Don't get me wrong, I was not there to try take advantage of a vendor and get an over the top cake for free, but I just felt very UNEXPECTEDLY nickel and dimed. If I had been told of these upgraded prices prior to my tasting, I think I would have been able to go with it more, but no one told me one flavor was more than another. That would have also helped a great deal when I was picking my cake tasting flavors and fillings before my appointment. We were being cost conscious about our entire wedding so had I known a red velvet cake was going to be so much more per piece than a lemon cake I would have made my pre-choices accordingly. I just felt that they could have prepared me better for the tasting. I had also made it clear that I had found a picture of a caked online that I really liked (the drum cake). I acknowledge that I don't know a lot about cake making and design but I really didn't think upon first impression that my cake picture was any more complicated than all the other wedding cakes they had shown on their website. I had also told them over the phone I had a picture and there was no warning about any kind of design up charges. Even when I handed them the picture at the consultation they didn't immediately look at it and say, ok, this is a little complicated, it will cost you more. She took one look, said the cake was totally do-able, they do cakes like that all the time. She excused herself for a minute (again, not saying anything about cost or checking on cost) and then walked back in later and told us that our free cake was going to cost us $500. This shocked us because even at the highest level of upgrade per the price sheet she handed us when we started our tasting (the sheet we would have loved to be aware of prior to our meeting) that was still 5 times MORE than the highest level of price increase! (I did a little further research and priced out the cake at other bakeries that did not have a deal with our hotel and it priced out at $800. Still a lot of money but what they're saying is that just the upgrades to the cake was costing us $300) We were shocked and disappointed. I could tell the woman at the bakery knew this and let us know they would email us some additional sketches that week that could possibly be less expensive (but were still hundreds more-- again, for our "free" cake). The people were very nice about trying to work with us, but I don't think I got past the unexpected shock of it all. I even went back to my original paperwork from the hotel to make sure I didn't miss any fine print and the way that our "free" cake was described was "custom designed wedding cake with tasting and design consultation." I totally understand that some cakes are more work than others, but I didn't feel like I was led to believe that you could only get a basic cake included and anything more than that would be such a huge additional cost. The emailed, "less expensive" sketches were off the mark as far as the look of the cake that I wanted but still hundred more out of pocket to us. In the end my generous father-in-law insisted on paying for the original cake we wanted so we went with the original design. I will say the cake ended up really great (as a note to people, they did change a color element from the original picture I sent. The color change by chance actually complimented my wedding so was a good change for me but I could see how for someone else that would be annoying that they didn't give us a heads up that they were modifying the picture). The cake tasted great too, which was a bonus because it tasted better than the tasting where I thought the cake was a little dry. The cake the day of was terrific and we got a lot of compliments on the taste and look. So overall it worked out for us, but I did have to point out that I wish we were better prepared going into the entire process. I guess you can't get anything for "free" these days. More...
Service outsatnading and made a delicious cake that fed over 100. Did so on short notice, delivered correctly with no problems, decent price conpared to others, and would have done anything we would have asked.
The cake was fantastic. Alliance Bakery is near my home, and I've always loved to look at the fanciful cakes in their window, so I was thrilled to find out that they were going to be doing my cake (it was included in the hotel package). I was a little nervous after the tasting because the sample cakes were a bit stale. On the day of the wedding, though, the cake was amazing. It looked exactly like the pic I gave them and it tasted sooo good. I ended up with fewer guests than I expected, but this just meant more cake for everybody! I know for a fact that many people went back and got thirds. More...
My husband and I are not really cake fans. We prefer to have different types of desserts, but when it came to our wedding we knew that we wanted to have a cake to cut. We worked with Lindsay from Alliance, and she was so easy and fun to work with. When we went in for our cake tasting, I wasn't really looking forward to the cake part, as I'm not a fan, but I must say, it tasted so delicious, I would eat their cake everyday! We went with a hazelnut cake with pistachio filling, and then a different layer with fudge filling. Because we were also having different desserts, Lindsay assured that even though the cake would be for 30 people, it would still stand out. It definatly did, and looked great. It was such a hit at our wedding, and it was so great to enjoy cake. It was beautiful and just what we were looking for. More...
My cake was amazing. It was done perfectly and tasted unbelievable, all for a great price. I got many compliments on how wonderful the cake was. I am so happy I went with Alliance. More...
Lindsay and Peter at Alliance Bakery were a pleasure to work with. They captured our vision for our cake design perfectly and also provided a delicious cake. I would highly recommend this vendor. More...
I found out about this bakery at a bridal show. I was surprised to see that they were affordable compared to other designer bakeries and these cakes were just as lovely if not more!
The new owner, Peter Rios, sat with me at the tasting and gave me art direction and what I requested. My wedding cake(100+ servings) was beautiful and delicious! It's no wonder. Prior to owning the bakery, Peter Rios served as Executive Chef at Sofitel Hotel, Fairmont Hotel and the Art Institute of Chicago. More...
We had a wonderful experience with Alliance Bakery for our wedding cake. They baked about 4 small cakes for our tasting. They were all wonderful but the one we went with was exceptional. It was even good on our 1 year anniversary after it had been frozen for a year. The design was just what we wanted - can't complain about a thing. I'm not sure on price since our location covered the cost of the cake. But I do continue to go back for other bakery needs! More...