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Cupcake Currency???

Cupcake ATM - image courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes

It’s no secret that the U.S. economy continues to struggle.

The country continues to nickel-and-dime its way out of the monetary morass of the past few years, and gold is a favored investment option given the uncertainties surrounding currencies such as the euro, drachma and dollar.

However, a recent story I read struck me as a possible savory solution of sorts.

It seems a high-end bakery called Sprinkles Cupcakes in Los Angeles has invented a cupcake (automated teller machine) ATM  [see photo insert].

The idea is that you walk up to the machine, insert several dollars, choose from eight flavor combinations and out pops a freshly-baked cupcake.

The confection maker is very clear that this is NOT a vending machine but rather an ATM or more specifically an ACM (automated cupcake machine) that makes fresh cupcakes each day.

Any unused product is then donated to local food banks daily – the original story can be found here.

All this talk of food banks and cupcake ATMs got me thinking about cupcakes as currency.

Heck, the U.S. transitioned from the gold standard in the 1970s to the “…full faith and credit of the U.S. Government…” and given the near insolvency of the aforementioned U.S. government – converting to something more stable (i.e. cupcakes) might help improve the economy.

Besides, only communists don’t love cupcakes – right?

At the very least if economic collapse occurs, we could survive as a nation by eating the currency.

Having said that, there would be questions generated by a cupcake-based economy:

  • Would monetary policy for the country default to the editors at Bon Appetit magazine?
  • Would the Federal Reserve Board and Commerce Departments be baked into the Food & Drug Administration?
  • Might the cupcake ATM give change for larger currency such as German Chocolate cake or 7-Layer Tort?
  • Can the cupcake ATM be designed to recognize non-U.S. pastry currencies such as scones, panacotta or baklava?
  • Would the Presidential Cabinet include Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Padma Lakshmi?

So many questions, but if our nation did convert to a culinary-baked-goods currency at least it would be in good company – following the downward footsteps of the Roman Empire and its legacy of “bread and circuses.”

Heck we’re halfway there with the “circuses” part, since the U.S. government already resembles a three-ring carnival filled with clowns.

Question: What’s your take on a cupcake currency? Is it a half-baked idea or a taste of things to come? 

  • http://www.adjuvancy.com/wordpress Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.

    Taking inflation (waistline) to a whole new level, I see…

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      …as well as a shift from the “micro” to the XXXL “macro-economic” perspective as well ;-)

  • http://marthagiffen.com/ Martha Giffen

    I saw that machine last week. It’s cool! Cupcake currency would work for me!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Me too – thanks for the comment Martha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Belk/100000149374826 Michael Belk

    I saw this I guess people will pay for anything. A cupcake vending machine. We need a soap dispenser or something useful.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Great point Micheal – I’d be a little concerned about tampering as well…

  • http://theoddcoupleblog.com/ Shawn

    Would chocolate be the $100 bill, strawberry $50 and a vanilla $1? I like the theory behind it. lol

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      wow, I guess you REALLY don’t like vanilla ;-) Thanks for stopping by Shawn!

  • AnnMullen

    I love it. But for the circus government thingy, I think we need some cotton candy currency, don’t you? Great post, Tor.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I like how you think Ann – very progressive ;-) and thanks for the kind words!

  • http://www.michelleshaeffer.com Michelle Shaeffer

    Love it! What a great idea. I’d feel more secure knowing my “money” is worth something if the currency collapses. :)

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Thanks for the comment and RT Michelle – it’s always an honor when you stop by!!! Did you happen to see that Hines Ward retired from the NFL today as a Steeler?

  • http://perichoreticlife.blogspot.com/ Michael

    Of course, in the old days, we just called it a vending machine. It’s really just a plot to get rid of their “day old” goodies.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Hah, indeed!

  • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

    Where does Better Crocker stand in this new confections frontier? Would Martha Stewart be in charge of the Fed? What would my wallet look like? I’m with you Tor but what would this do to the milk industry?

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Great point Ken, I think “wallets” would resemble Tupperware cake carriers – and I think it would definitely spur a milk shortage and we’ll see lines at the dairy counter with $10 for a gallon….

  • http://www.jamiesrabbits.com Jamie

    Sprinkles was my first stop when I arrived in LA a couple of years ago. I love the idea of sugar in a vending machine, especially if it’s fresh.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Hmmm, I’m thinking if we converted to a “cupcake currency” you might be viewed as a counterfeit conspirator Ms. Golden – in a good way….

  • Kim Constantino

    This one kept me laughing, husband!! very yummy–er, I mean very funny!