After home bakers have complained that the county health department has been cracking down on them for violating state law, the Joliet City Council’s Land Use and Legislative Committee suggested the city adopt the “Cupcake Law”.
The Cupcake Law would allow home-based bakery operations to sell goods for a profit.
Joliet nurse and home baker, Georgene Williams, quoted a health department worker saying, “If you want to bake something in your house [to sell], you will get in trouble because you don’t have the Cupcake Law in the municipality.”
Current state legislation – signed by Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this year – prohibits people from making profit from baked goods in their homes unless he/she resides in an area that adopts the Cupcake Law. The bill was introduced after health officials shut down a young girl’s baking operation.
If City Council members adopt the Cupcake Law at their meeting next week, local bakers, Sandy Gregorash and Linda Moffitt can continue baking their traditional Slovenian holiday poticas from their own kitchens.
Home bakers will be protected under the Cupcake Law with the following conditions:
- Monthly gross sales do not exceed $1,000
- The food is not a potentially hazardous baked food
- A notice is provided to the buy that the product was made in a home kitchen