galleryCupcake ATM: Treats at Your Fingertips (Photos)03.29.14galleryCupcake ATM: Treats at Your Fingertips (Photos)New York City’s new cupcake ATM takes us back to the automat dispensaries of yesteryear. 03.29.14 9:45 AM ETAnadolu Agency/GettyTo combat the oh-so-serious (read: not-so-serious) problem posed by limited access to cupcakes in New York City, the geniuses at Sprinkles bakeshop created a 24-hour cupcake ATM to make sure those with a sweet tooth can get their fix at any hour of the day or night. See how it works, followed by a look back at previous automat food dispensaries that broke the (cupcake) mold. Anadolu Agency/GettyThe Cupcake ATM opened today and, despite some technical difficulties, it attracted lines of people eager to be a part of dessert history. Andrew Burton/GettyThis is what an ATM cupcake looks like. But what does it taste like? That is the real question. Hulton Archive/GettyModel Cindy Heller purchases a snack from an automat vending machine in 1945. Rae Russel/GettyA well-dressed man and woman peruse the pre-made sandwich selection at the Grand Central Station automat in 1948. Ernst Haas/GettyA red neon sign on New York's Third Avenue circa 1955 advertises an automat, a bygone trend in automatic dining. WILLIAM G. INGRAM/GettyFounded in 1888, the Philadelphia and New York restaurant chain Horn & Hardat became known for its coffee and coin-operated Automat. Here, a Horn & Hardart official serves one of the last slices of pie through a window at the nation's first automat restaurant in Philadelphia. The restaurant closed in December 1968, blaming inefficiency and slowness. WARREN JORGENSEN/APA customer is seen buying a cup of H&H's famous joe at the chain's last surviving automat in midtown Manhattan in 1987.