11year olds cupcake business closed by health officials for no cooking permit

  • Chloe  Stirling started Hey Cupcake two years ago so she could start saving for a  car
  • Parents  told they must build a separate kitchen before Chloe can begin baking  again

ByDaily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:          10:27  EST, 30 January 2014

An 11-year-old girl has had her cupcake  business closed down after Illinois health officials said it was breaking  regulations.

Business had been good for Chloe Stirling,  with orders coming in regularly for Hey Cupcake, but a feature in a local  newspaper brought the schoolgirl’s business to the attention of the authorities.

Members of the health department contacted  the family and told them Chloe couldn’t continue baking unless she had a  separate kitchen and permits.

Sweet deal: Chloe Stirling set up a business making and selling cupcakes from her parents' kitchen

Sweet deal: Chloe Stirling set up a business making and  selling cupcakes from her parents’ kitchen

The ruling has put an end to Chloe’s  ambitions. The baking fan had started her business so she could save towards a  car for her 16th birthday.

How Chloe fell foul of food  safety regulations in Illinois

Illinois State Food Sanitation Code sets out  the regulations for making and selling food.

Rules include using a kitchen that has met  health and safety requirements.

For home businesses, this means food must be  prepared in a kitchen that isn’t also used for domestic cooking.

Kitchen equipment and supplies must meet  state regulations.

The baking area must be inspected regularly  and hold a valid permit.

Her family had supported her plans, with her  grandparents buying a food mixer, her mother Heather promising to match her  savings, and her dad Chad eating cakes that didn’t work out right.

But being able to build a second kitchen in  their Troy home was just not possible.

‘We’ve already given her a little  refrigerator to keep her things in,’ Mrs Stirling told the St Louis Post Dispatcher. ‘But a separate  kitchen? Who can do that?’

Health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager said  they had no choice but to ask Chloe to close Hey Cupcake.

‘The rules are the rules. It’s for the  protection of the public health. The guidelines apply to everyone,’ she said.

Craft: Chloe, 11, has developed a good reputation for her cakes and her business was featured on the front cover of the Belleville News Democrat at the weekend

Craft: Chloe, 11, has developed a good reputation for  her cakes and her business was featured on the front cover of the Belleville  News Democrat at the weekend

Master baker: Chloe with a cake she made for a baby shower

Master baker: Chloe with a cake she made for a baby  shower

Sharon Valentine, environmental health  manager at St Clair County Health Department, added: ‘If we let one person do  it, how can we tell the person with 30 cats in their home that they can’t do it?  A line has to be drawn.’

The local health department had been tipped  off to Chloe’s baking business after she appeared on the front page of Belleville News Democrat at the weekend.

The feature praised the schoolgirl’s skills  and revealed how she decided to open Hey Cupcake after taking a cake decorating  class with her great aunt at Valentine’s Day.

Her mother told BND: ‘I get nervous when  she’s making something for somebody [who’s paying] because I’m afraid it’s not  going to work out, but she always makes it come out beautiful.’

After getting a taste for baking, Chloe set  up her own business two years ago and has been making about $80 a week ever  since.

She has made cupcakes for birthdays and baby  showers, and also donates baked goods to charitable causes.

Shut down: The 11-year-old has been forced to close her cupcake business until she gets a license

Shut down: The 11-year-old has been forced to close her  cupcake business until she gets a license

Chloe’s largest order was for 220 cupcakes  for a charity event, and when a boy in her school was diagnosed with cancer, she  donated cakes with frosting to match his favorite sports team to help raise  money for his treatment.

While the 11-year-old, who has ambitions of  having her own bake shop one day, admitted she was ‘bummed that I can’t make  cakes for a while,’ she said she understood the health department’s  ruling.

After people in her hometown heard that  Chloe’s business had been forced to close, the schoolgirl has had several offers  from licensed bakers offering the use of their kitchens.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548744/Schoolgirls-cupcake-business-forced-close-health-officials-complained-11-year-old-didnt-cooking-permit.html#ixzz2rwkN9v3G

All they want is the license and tax money otherwise they wouldn’t have some of those stinky food trucks off the highways – who despite paying a permit fee doesn’t mean its clean. Amazing little baker – she’ll go far despite the far-reaching power-hungry functionaries.

Ronald Reagan – “Man is not free unless government is  limited.”

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