Some businesses are simply in demand 24 hours per day.
Gas stations, for instance. Diners. Even fitness gyms, in some locations.
Apparently so. Sprinkles Cupcakes in New York City opened the first 24-hour cupcake ATM this week.
The blessed machine can hold up to 760 cupcakes at a time with a selection of 20 flavors, and it will be restocked two to three times per day. The only bad news — customers can’t buy more than four at a time.
According to the New York Post, Sprinkles owner Charles Nelson got the idea when his wife was pregnant and craved cupcakes at all hours.
The cupcakes cost $4.25 a piece from the machine, which, given the price of flour and sugar, provides the opportunity for a hefty profit margin. Granted, these designer cupcakes probably require a bit more time and patience to make than the standard yellow cake with chocolate frosting.
But, after hours, Sprinkles is able to sell the fancy confections without the costs of keeping the store open and paying an employee. Perhaps that magical machine will pay for itself in quick time.
Take note, Baltimore bakers. You too could cash in on the late night sugar rush.