If candy and soda can come out of machines, why can’t cupcakes? Well, thanks to famed cupcake chain Sprinkles, they finally can.
Sprinkles launched “The World’s First Cupcake ATM” which dispenses freshly baked cupcakes 24/7 in Beverly Hills in 2012. Obviously both cupcakes and fancy food delivery are trendy topics right now, so the NYC machine opened for business in March. [Read the story of founder Candace Nelson here.] And now, I finally got to try it.
Located on Lexington, between 60th and 61st, it was a short trip from my office. There was only one person ahead of us, so we witnessed with fascination how a little window on the side of a busy Manhattan avenue can spit out a cupcake.
It literally functions like an ATM, just pick you cupcake, swipe your card, and then little men behind the scenes go grab your flavor and pop it in the window before the door rolls up. (Ok, maybe that’s not how it works, but I couldn’t help picturing Shining Time Station and the jukebox band that plays when the quarter comes in. Remember the genius creativity of the 90’s?)
I picked the “chai” flavor (which tasted a lot like cinnamon). At $4.50 a cupcake, it isn’t cheap. But this is Manhattan. And I have to say, the cupcake was moist and the frosting was soft and not too sweet – so you are paying for quality!
If you’re in the area and craving some sweets, you can get neat-immediate satisfaction without even having to interact with a person! Check it out at 780 Lexington Avenue!