Discovered We Bare Bears a little while back. For anyone who's seen it, We Bare Bears becomes a cult-like obsession. Grizz. Pan Pan. Ice Bear. Mostly Ice Bear.
Anyway, so in one episode the bears temporarily (very temporarily) work at a cupcake ATM. A cupcake ATM is something you find in the yuppy quarter of your average city. (More on this in a bit.) Basically it's a kind of vending machine for cupcakes.
I ended up finding a cupcake ATM here in sunny Tampa a few months back. Last weekend I actually took the opportunity to have a cupcake from it.
In the We Bare Bears episode, there's a ton of customization available. At the Sprinkles cupcake ATM, there wasn't. It was, as far as I could tell, just the flavoring of the frosting. I don't know if cupcake ATMs simplified in the years since the cartoon version, or if the cartoon version was a horrible lie, or if the Sprinkles (that's the name of the yuppy bakery where you can also, y'know, go inside and order normal-style) cupcake ATM was itself limited in comparison.
The cupcake I got (black & white! like the cookie that made Seinfeld sick!) was delivered, as in the cartoon, in a box. The (black & white!) frosting was great. The cupcake was dry.
Again, I don't know if that's standard. I mean, cupcakes being kept in boxes, waiting to be ordered. Not a lot of people using the cupcake ATM that day. The novelty of it (and I'm a guy who loves novelties) was more than enough to interest me. I saw some people taking pictures with it. (The cupcake ATM, I mean.) You kind of expect the cupcake to dry out. Is everyone else okay with that? I guess? Yuppies like dry baked goods? Or maybe that's why there wasn't a lot of actual business at this particular cupcake ATM? I sat near it for at least an hour, waiting for a movie, reading Stephen King's The Langoliers. (No crazy people tried to stab me due to vivid childhood trauma.)
Still, on the whole? Ice Bear approves.