TROY, Ill. – An 11-year-old baker has been shut down in the Metro East.
Chloe Stirling has been baking cupcakes for two years. She receives positive press for her business, but was shut down by the Madison County Health Department.
She started selling them under the name Hey, Cupcake to raise money to buy a car when she gets older. She also donated her cupcakes to cancer fundraisers.
All was well until a newspaper article came out Sunday telling Chloe's story. A reader brought it to the attention of the health department, and they shut down her business down for not operating in an approved kitchen. She also didn't have a food permit.
But Chloe doesn't have hard feelings.
"Well, I think it's just the rules are rules and they kind of need to be followed. I really don't blame the health department because it's not really their fault," said Chloe.
"It's not that we discourage her from following her dreams, she just needs to do it, well, anybody needs to do it, within the rules or guidelines that are established," said Amy Yeager with the Madison County Health Department.
Many people have offered to open up their inspected kitchens to Chloe, and the family is considering building a second kitchen in their basement, approved by the health department, so she can continue her baking.