Any time sugar: New York gets cupcake ATM

Mar 27, 2014, 06:59 IST | Agencies

New York: It’s the icing on the cake for cupcake addicts. New Yorkers will now have 24-hour access to cupcakes thanks to a new pink ATM that dispenses baked goods instead of cash.

Sugar rush: A woman and her child wait for their order of cupcakes at the 24/7 cupcake ATM in New York, which opened on Tuesday. Varieties of flavours are available and soon the machine will dispense brownies, cookies and doggie baked good

Sprinkles opened its cupcake ATM on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Tuesday.

People queued up across the street to get their hands on the sweet desserts. Pics/AFP

Customers may choose from flavours such as red velvet, peanut buttercup, lemon meringue and Cuban coffee.

Up to four of the generously portioned treats may be purchased at one time. They cost $4.25 each.

“Once a customer chooses a flavour, the robotic arm goes to that location, pulls the cupcake, keeps it level in its perfect little box and delivers it to the door and there you go,” said Mara Weber of Sprinkle Cupcakes.

Curious customers eager to see the strange machine lined up at its unveiling on Tuesday to get a glimpse and a taste. The machines can hold 760 cupcakes.

Next month, the machine will also start selling brownies, cookies and even doggie baked goods.

Nelson, co-owner, said he got the idea for the ATM when his wife, Candace was pregnant with their first child.

“It was the middle of the night, and my wife really wanted a cupcake. I own a cupcake shop and couldn’t even get a cupcake!”

Sugar fixes

Sprinkles has installed the coloured machines at:
>> Beverly Hills
>> Atlanta
>> Chicago
>> Dallas

How it works
The machine can dispense up to 20 varieties by way of a touch screen that works just like a bank ATM: You make your selection, swipe your credit card, and out comes your treat in a brown and pink box.

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