Rachael Ray and Buddy Valastro Surprise 11-Year-Old Cupcake Baker with a New Kitchen

02/28/2014 at 04:49 PM ET

Rachael Ray Show 11-Year-Old Cupcake Baker
Inset: Mike Coppola/Getty

Chloe Stirling, 11, loves to bake cupcakes.

She loves it so much that she set up a business at home in Troy, Ill., two years ago, selling cupcakes to raise money to buy a car when she grows up. She also donates her sweets to cancer fundraisers.

“It makes me feel good when I bake, because it’s just fun for me,” she explains.

But her dreams were dashed when the local health department shut down her business, Hey Cupcake, because she didn’t have an approved kitchen, KSDK reports.

On Thursday she came one step closer to restarting her cupcakery when Rachael Ray invited the preteen and her parents onto her Rachael Ray show.

They were joined by Stirling’s hero, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, and the pair told Stirling that she was being given a range of GE appliances including a fridge, stove, microwave and hood.

Then, the company that Stirling’s dad works for, Spendler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, told her they would construct a commercial-grade kitchen in the family’s home, KSDK reports.

“Your story is an inspiration to me,” Valastro told Chloe. “You gotta keep baking, you gotta follow your dreams, you gotta follow your heart. You gotta do what makes you happy in life.”

—K.C. Blumm

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Guest on

I am so proud of Rachael and Buddy. They are making a very special young woman’s dream come true. Chloe is a warm and caring person who has done well by her cupcakes. I wish her all the best with her new kitchen and appliances…she deserves it.

gymtruthteller on

Sorry Chloe but the US Government doesn’t want you to earn your money they would rather keep you down and make you dependent on the Government so the Democrats can stay in office. There is no room for hard working kids in this Country. Instead they would rather you be like that 18 year old girl who is suing her parents because they won’t spoiled her after she turned 28.

Sam on

Wow, what a beautiful story. Way to go Rachel Ray, Buddy and Spendler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Way to show this little girl that hard work does make a difference! GO CHLOE

ceecee on

Sounds yummy! Nice to read that Chloe’s hard work helps with Cancer. Keep that going, Chloe. You”re an amazing young girl to care so much. BRAVO!

Tina on

Very happy for this talented, devoted little girl. What great ethics she has to be so young. Wish her much success and happiness.

RR on

Hey, Gymtruthteller: chillax. This is about nice. Nice people, (maybe be even a bit liberal – who knows) doing something nice for a deserving little girl.

corporate on

She looks like rachel ray

PENNY on

Both Buddy & Rachel need to research Taylor Moxie from Miami she does cupcakes and cookies for HGTV and other big wigs.
She donates a percentage of what she makes to the dyslexia foundation

Jg83 on

I live just 15 a Minutes from Chloe’s home town and just saw this episode of Rachael Ray the other day. As I was watching e news today a story about Chloe came on. I am amazed at this young woman who petitioned her local government and got a new law passed that allows small business making less than $1000 per month to operate without needing a business license or approval from the health department! WAY TO GO CHLOE!!!

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