Illinois shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business

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An Illinois girl had her cupcake business shut down when the state said she was not complying with local laws.

According to a report by ABC News, 11-year-old Chloe Stirling ran a business out of her family’s kitchen called Hey Cupcake. The sixth-grader’s bakery was shut down after Illinois Health officials found the girl was not meeting health code regulations.

Health officials in Madison County informed Chloe that if she wanted to continue selling cupcakes she would either need to buy a bakery or build a separate kitchen.

“It bummed me out because I wanted to keep baking,” Chloe told “I had a bunch of orders and they said I had to cancel them all.”

According to the report, spokeswoman Toni Corona from the Madison County Department of Health said that the laws are “applied uniformly and without discrimination.”

Corona said that the department of health “applauds the entrepreneurial spirit” that Chloe has and hopes Hey Cupcake can find a location that complies with state laws.

Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother, planned to meet with officials from the health department and the state attorney to find a way to help her daughter re-open Hey Cupcake.

“This is her niche. You have kids who are good at baseball and soccer and this is what they pursue,” Stirling said. “Chloe is one of a kind. No one else does this at her age. There are a lot of hoops we’re going to have to jump through.”

Chloe had run the business at her home in Troy for two years. One dozen cupcakes cost $10 and more intricate treats cost $2 each.


  • Brittius

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    SWAT visited with faces covered like cowards? Politicians ranting about terrorist 11-year old girls? Some dim-wit fear mongering in order to control people? Basically, yes; All the aforementioned. Some chicken shit wants to be a tough guy with an 11-year old so they shut her down.

  • Tim

    This article is a few weeks old.

    The health department needs to stick it and back off. It’s not like she’s making these in a run down factory that is filled with rats and other vermin.

  • Matt

    I don’t know why anyone thinks that the health department should look the other way, when nobody else in the state (or country, for that matter) can produce food from their own kitchen while bypassing all state health requirements. You cannot make and sell food from anywhere, no matter who you are, or what age, without abiding by the food safety codes that were put in place to ensure that nobody gets sick. The rest of us have to pay for and take lengthy tests to even manage a food related establishment, and the rest of us would also have to go through these same motions if we wanted to cook from home. She can’t be an exception; sanitation is not a discriminatory concept, and that’s what this is all about. I’d actually be even more concerned about a child possessing the knowledge of all possible sources of cross-contamination, and food-borne illnesses. Those things are critical when you’re making food for other people to consume. Age, gender, handicap, etc. doesn’t make a difference in this matter, the health department did their jobs as they would have in any other scenario.

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