Cupcake Monday! Cake ATM: Automatic Treat Machine
At first I thought "Ew, stale cupcakes" after I heard about this new cupcake vending machine in the US. But it's not what I thought, some heartless corporation exploiting the public's insatiable craving for tiny cakes. Rather, it's an innovative solution Beverly Hills bake shop Sprinkles - the world's first cupcake bakery according to their website - created to offer their popular cupcakes after-hours. It's like an ATM machine that dispenses treats. For $4 you get your choice of flavour in a Sprinkles branded box:
I'll take their Irish Chocolate cupcake over green beer any March 17th.
Speaking of freshness, shop-bought is no guarantee of it. I've found that most don't have a self-imposed throw-out date if not sold, they just keep them in the glass display until someone orders one and then complains that they chipped their front teeth trying to take their first bite (I swear I had one so hard the 'cake' scraped off like dust when I tried to eat it.) It's not so much a problem in busy shops; however, a friend bought one at a very popular London shop-in-shop at a high-end department store and it was just bad. She cried it was so terrible. Ok, no she didn't, but how disappointing to have your little blissful cupcake moment destroyed by negligence! Is it really worth the £2 to destroy your repuation? Silliness.
Here's the machine in action (I like that the reporter's shirt matches the pink machine):
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