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Before there were Cronuts and cuffins, there was Alice in Wonderland’s magical “Eat Me” cake--a pastry trend that’s stood the test of time.

Now Chicago pastry chef Christine LaSorda is putting a sugary new twist on the classic at A Baker’s Tale, a new Alice-inspired bakery and café in Wicker Park.

While some of the treats here take the theme literally--your inner seven-year-old will drool over white rabbit sugar cookies ($1.25)--the aesthetic is also decidedly grown-up. Think Lewis Carroll meets CB2 with a touch of steampunk.

The flavors aren’t just for kids, either. Sink your teeth into a honey-blueberry-basil cupcake ($3.75) or a white-chocolate-raspberry cream puff ($3.25) and you'll appreciate LaSorda's ability to blend the outrageous with the elegant. (There are also sandwiches, soups, salads and local coffees and teas on the menu.)

So how are we kicking off our next unbirthday? With a breakfast cream puff stuffed with sliced bananas and salted caramel mousse and topped with candied bacon, of course. It’s pure madness done right.

A Baker’s Tale, 2127 W. Division St.; 872-206-5581 or

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