Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

On the edge of the Americana in Glendale, you can find an ATM where you can withdraw delicious cupcakes.

The Eternal Allure of the Cupcake ATM

It’s happened to everyone. Sometimes, for no reason at all, you’re struck with a powerful craving for a cupcake. This can be a problem if you’re nowhere near a cupcake shop (they’re are a few in Los Angeles, but they’re not as ubiquitous as donut shops). Or, as so often happens, if this craving strikes in the wee hours of the morning, you’re left cupcake-less until after the sun rises.

However, if you’re near the Americana in Glendale (or willing to take a drive), you’re in luck. Just off Central Avenue you can get yourself a cupcake any time of the day or night from the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM.

While the Cupcake ATM looks intimidating, it’s quite simple to use. Photo from the author’s collection.

You can’t really miss the Cupcake ATM. As you walk into the Americana from Central, the garish pink-and-green painted miracle machine beckons you to pay it a visit — even in the darkened hours when most good cake-loving folks are in bed.


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If the idea of a Cupcake ATM is something of a mystery to you, don’t worry. It’s quite easy to use, and (aside from one small moment of doubt; more on this below) never fails to deliver you a fresh cupcake. Well, as fresh as a cupcake can be from an ATM anyway.

Here’s how it works.

How to Buy a Cupcake from the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

  1. Choose your cupcake (we suggest chocolate marshmallow) from beneath the shade-covered touchscreen on the left.
  2. Swipe or tap your card at the card reader in the center. The Cupcake ATM doesn’t take cash.
  3. Wait for the door on the right to open.
  4. Wait a little more for the door to open.
  5. Withdraw your boxed cupcake from the revealed opening.
  6. Enjoy your cupcake.

Its worth noting that after paying for your cupcake, the cupcake-reavealing door takes a worrisome amount of time to open. As they say, nothing worthwhile is achieved without sacrifice.

Just after the moment where you think the ATM is broken and ate your $5.50 (yes, these are expensive cupcakes), the machine emanates a low grinding before the door opens ever so slowly to reveal your cupcake, neatly packaged in cubic box.

Can it be? A cupcake! From an ATM? Photo from the author’s collection.

If you happen to fall asleep while waiting for the door to open and it closes before you can get your hands on your cupcake, don’t panic. You haven’t lost your snack. It seems this problem has occurred in the past, because there’s a small bit of text at the top of the door that promises the door will reopen if any cupcakes are left inside.

We have yet to put that claim to the test.

Indeed it is a cupcake. A chocolate marshmallow cupcake. Photo from the author’s collection.

So next time you get that hankering for a cupcake in the off hours, no need to worry. The Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles has you covered.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM


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Tom Fassbender is a writer of things with a strong adventurous streak. When not exploring Los Angeles, he’s been known to enjoy a cup of coffee or two. You can find him at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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