Sheet cakes and whimsical images have been a bakery staple for years now, it's true. But the general upshot on that is this: You need to deliver the photo to the baker and wait for, oh, a few days? Because putting a face on frosting takes some time.
Now imagine the instantness of a photo booth combined with the sweetness of a cupcake. Rather than waiting days or a week for your visage-enhanced sweet, you only need to wait a few minutes.
Is it fiction? Or is it fact? (The second one.)
Sprinkles Cupcakes is about to take this technology-meets-treats challenge on at The Grove on Friday, Aug. 2. The deal? Customers can step inside an on-site photo booth, have their pic snapped, and see it on a cupcake in a matter of minutes.
And we said "your face on frosting" above but your face is actually atop the frosting. So, what's the photo actually made of? Sugar, from a sugar printer.
Actually, we want to retype those two words and put 'em in italics: sugar printer.
Oh technology. Just when we start to doubt you and your ability to please and delight, you swoop in with a sugar printer under one arm. Seriously: Will every home have a sugar printer by 2050?
Let's not forget, too, that the Sprinkles in Beverly Hills is home to the world's first Cupcake ATM. That's really pretty cool, if you haven't used it. Yes, it reminds one of those old-time '60s-era machines that dripped coffee into a paper cup, but, my goodness, you walk away with a whole cupcake.
Interested in photo-booth-ing your face onto a Sprinkles cupcake? Be at The Grove -- the Sprinkles is near the garage -- on Aug. 2 between noon and 2 p.m. It's not a permanent thing but Sprinkles hopes to install the booths at The Grove shop and other locations in the future.
We're already counting down to the first "Will You Marry Me?" photo booth cupcake, which we predict will happen by the end of next year.
And, honestly, didn't we all know that two of the top local trends of the last ten years -- small icing-covered cakes and hip photo booths -- would merge eventually? That delicious day is nigh.