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Monday, July 9, 2012 12:05 p.m.

Red velvet on the go? Cupcake ATM coming to Georgetown

Sprinkles Cupcakes opened its first automatic dessert dispensary in March at its Beverly Hills location. Photo used under Creative Commons.

Students with a late-night sweet tooth can soon get their fix outside of the candy aisle of CVS or 7-Eleven.

Sprinkles Cupcakes plans to open a 24-hour cupcake dispensary machine in August, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Customers can pick out cupcakes from a machine resembling an ATM built into the shop’s wall at 3015 M St. in Georgetown.

After selecting a flavor onscreen, customers can watch a robotic arm pull the boxed-up dessert from a 600 cupcake-supply, restocked daily for freshness.

Cupcakes from the machine will cost $4, a 50-cent uptick from the store’s regular price, according to The Post. The machine will only take credit and debit cards.

The upscale bakery opened its first cupcake ATM in March at its Beverly Hills location, which founder Candace Nelson said dispenses about 1,000 cupcakes per day.

The dispensers are being installed this summer at nine locations across the country, including sites in New York, Houston and Chicago.