Earlier this month, with the signing of the tastiest bill in the State, Governor Patt Quinn said let them eat cake! Chloe Stirling, aka the cupcake girl of “Hey Cupcake”, is a 12 year old baking sensation. Her passion for baking started before she was 10 and now has blossomed into a budding career as the go-to cupcake (young) expert in Illinois, which has included an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show!
We’re thrilled to announce that Chloe will spend a week with us here at Kendall College during an upcoming Kendall Summer Camp. As a student in the baking course, she will be able to continue to hone her skills and maybe learn a few new ones as well!
KC: Tell us about how happy you were when the state passed the bill to keep you in the baking business.
CS: I was really happy that the state passed the bill, because it won’t just help me get back in business, but it will also help hundreds of other home bakers and cooks get back to baking. It was never just about a cupcake. It was bigger than that.
KC: At what age did you first start baking and how did “Hey Cupcake” take off?
CS: I started baking when I was nine and a half. My great aunt took me to a cake decorating class at Michaels and I really loved it! I came home and just started trying to make new things. I would take cupcakes to family and friend things, and before long, people were asking me to make things for their kids’ birthday. I kind of found myself in business. And I loved it.
KC: You’ve appeared on many exciting TV shows lately, including Rachael Ray. What has this experience been like for you?
CS: I never could have imagined that I would get this far in this amount of time. When this all started, all I wanted was to be able to bake again. We actually CHANGED THE LAW!! Now I get to bake again, but the awesome things that have happened since this all started are unbelievable. Rachael Ray was so amazing, and meeting Buddy the Cake Boss was my dream come true! I testified to the state house, the senate, sat down with dozens of legislatures, had probably a hundred interviews, got to go to NYC twice! The Governor actually came to my house to sign my bill into law and now I get to come to Kendall. I am so excited about that!!!! I really can’t wait!!!
KC: What do you hope to learn during the Kendall Camps baking course?
CS: I would love to learn how to use sugars and fondant and modeling chocolates. I always want to learn new techniques to make my stuff look cool.
KC: What do you want to be when you grow up?
CS: I want to be a baker that can also do special baked stuff for animals. I really love two things: baking and animals. I want to do both.