Madison County shut down 11-year Chloe Stirling's cupcake business last month, but on Thursday she and her parents, Heather and Ched Stirling, will open up about it on "Rachael Ray."
The Troy family will appear during the second segment of the hourlong show that airs at 10 a.m. on KTVI, Channel 2. Their whirlwind trip to New York that began on Sunday, with taping on Monday and then home, said Heather.
"It was totally amazing," Heather Stirling said Wednesday of the experience. Though they had little time in New York for sightseeing, they tried the famous cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery and took the subway to Hoboken, N.J., hoping Chloe might meet her favorite celebrity cake baker, Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's "Cake Boss," and see the bake shop where he works.
Because of confidentiality rules, the Troy family cannot talk about what occured on the show, but a news release from "Rachael Ray" said Valastro surprised Chloe by making a guest appearance Monday on the show -- and giving her a big hug.
The giving wasn't over, though. Ray and Valastro surprised Chloe again with appliances for a future commerical kitchen, so she can meet the requirements to resume making and selling her cupcakes from home.
The response to the young entrepreneur's plight has resonated nationwide since a story was first published in the Jan. 26 BND magazine. But in the metro-east, Jason Spengler, president of Spengler Plumbing Heating and Cooling in O'Fallon, said Wednesday that he had been working with the "Rachael Ray" show to select the appropriate appliances that would meet health department codes for a commercially licensed kitchen in Madison County. They included a GE refrigerator, range, hood, double-wall oven and microwave.
Chole's dad, Ched Stirling, is a plumber with Spengler.
On Thursday, the sixth-grader and more than 800 students at Triad Middle School will watch the "Rachael Ray" segment on a big screen set up in the gym and enjoy some cupcakes, courtesy of Spengler.
"This is going to be a celebration," Jason Spengler said.
He also said the fun's not over just yet, hinting at yet another surprise in store for Chloe and her family on Thursday.
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