YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state want a former city employee to pay back nearly $800 in taxpayer money she spent on cupcakes for her own office farewell party.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that when former Yakima human resources director Cheryl Ann Mattia resigned in December, she ordered $757.40 worth of gourmet cupcakes from a local cafe.
City Manager Tony O’Rourke says the spending was a “gross misuse” of taxpayer money….(read more)
THE FUTURE IS HERE: CUPCAKES ON DEMAND
Carolyn Cox reports: What? A mother-lovin’ 24-hour Automatic Teller Machine for cupcakes. Where? 780 Lexington Avenue. Why? Because obviously one of the inalienable rights of being an American is the opportunity to stand in line on a freezing street corner and wait for a robot to hand you miniature cakes.
“Even as Sprinkles’ founder, I couldn’t get my midnight cupcake fix! I thought ‘there has to be a way’ and so the concept of the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM was born.”
— Bakery founder Candace Nelson
After years of anticipation, Sprinkles bakery’s Cupcake ATM opened yesterday to unabashed excitement. A crowd had already formed before the machine turned on at 9 am, and DNAinfo reports a consistent line of 12-15 customers throughout the day. Sprinkles’ New York location is also open from 9AM-9PM on weekdays, so it was likely the novelty of the machine that had customers drooling with anticipation yesterday even during bakery hours.
The Zenith of First-World Achievement
As excited as I am by the magical mechanics of the cupcake contraption, describing the devil-box as an “ATM” rather than a vending machine seems misleading. “ATM” implies that I have stored up a collection of cupcakes in one place and, assuming I am using a machine offered by my cupcake bank, will be able to access said hoard free of charge. Sadly, cupcakes are not yet being used as currency in the United States, so even though I can make a cupcake withdrawal from Sprinkles’ ATM by swiping a bank card, I am essentially paying for the cupcake in the same way I would with a human at a bakery. Read the rest of this entry »
On Sunday, a News story featured 11-year-old Chloe Stirling of Troy, Ill., a sixth-grader at Triad Middle School who makes about $200 a month selling cupcakes.
On Monday, the long arm of the law — in this case, the Madison County Health Department — put an end to that.
“They called and said they were shutting us down,” Chloe’s mother, Heather Stirling, told the Post-Dispatch.
HOSTESS: TWINKIES TO RETURN TO SHELVES!
NEW YORK AP — Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month.The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15.Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster return next month for Twinkies and other sugary treats, such as CupCakes and Donettes. The company says the cakes will taste the same but that the boxes will now bear the tag line “The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SNACK FOOD TRADITIONALISTS: JULY 15TH, SANITY SHALL BE RESTORED!
via Associated Press