NIGHT STALKER
Weekend Pick: Transmission Thursdays at Hotel Chantelle

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Looking for a totally booze-tiful (we tried) way to spend your Thursday night? We have just the thing! NYC nightlife and events blog Subscene Style has joined party forces with the music blog AudioFemme to bring you weekly Transmission Thursday parties!

Between live performances by psychedelic electro-rock band Fascinator and deceivingly dark popstar Seasick Mama (not to mention a live DJ), the event features enough music for even the most insatiable live-show addict. But that’s not all: the whole night is being held at Hotel Chantelle, a notorious nightlife hotspot, and includes a free rum tasting courtesy of Owney’s NYC Rum, plus free “boozy” cupcakes brought to you by Prohibition Bakery (famous for, you guessed it: sweet treats with an alcoholic twist).And don’t forget the special late night cocktail happy hour after the rum tasting!

SWEET TOOTH
NYC's First Cupcake ATM

Inspired by the unpredictable cravings of a pregnant woman, the Cupcake ATM can dispense up to four cupcakes at one time, including doggie cupcakes (which are sugar free and made with yogurt, so they’re pup friendly!), being sold at 2 for $5. The touch screen system allows you to make selections like a bank ATM would, and a claw retrieves the one you want, stored in an adorable brown and pink cardboard box.

The machine holds an incredible 760 cupcakes, with 20 different varieties that, yes, do include vegan red velvet. It is restocked at all hours by Sprinkles' employees, who bake the goods round the clock for guaranteed freshness. And if cupcakes aren’t your treat of choice, no worries: Sprinkles hopes to add the options for brownies and cookies by the end of next month.

SWEET TOOTH
National Cupcake Day

This Sunday (December 15th) is National Cupcake Day. That’s reason enough to celebrate, but since it happens to fall only ten days before Christmas, we thought we’d embrace both holidays and let you know how to get your hands on some fantastic holiday cupcakes. Here are five places to get your holiday cupcake on this weekend.

Husband and wife team Matt and Allison Robicelli make some pretty impressive cupcakes, and their riffs on holiday cupcakes are no exception. Try the Hot Buttered Rum, a rum and butterscotch soaked cake with a rum and butterscotch cream frosting. or the Chocolate Candy Cane, a wintery mint chocolate chip cake with peppermint buttercream frosting. At $3 each, their cupcakes are cheap *and* delicious.

DO-GOODERS
Cupcakes for Charity

Healthy Union Square food destination Hu Kitchen is doing its part to give back during National Heart Month. All of the proceeds from their specialty paleo mini cupcakes, topped with heart healthy dark chocolate will be donated to Harboring Hearts, a charity that provides housing and emotional support to heart patients and their families who have come to New York City from all over the world to await transplants. The mini cupcakes sell for just $1 and help out a great and hearty cause.

Hu Kitchen is located at 78 5th Avenue.

DAILY BITES
Baked By Melissa Cupcake Pod

Cupcakes on the go are all the rage these days - first with Sprinkles Cupcakes ATMs, and now with Baked by Melissa's cupcake pod machine. The cupcake dispenser, which resembles a giant gumball machine, made its debut during New York Fashion Week, but those who were hoping to see it gracing city streets are out of luck.

The pod machine is now only available to rent for events, with a 1,000 cupcake minimum for five hours, which fills half the machine. Make a selection between either 1,000 standard variety cupcakes for $4,200 or 1,000 custom cupcakes for $4,300. Up your game by ordering 2,000 minis for $5,000 or $5,200, depending on which cakes you order. Any additional cupcakes go for $1.30 each.

BAR CRAWLS
St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes for The DD

Someone will have to be the responsible one this Saint Patrick’s Day. If you're the designated driver this year it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Whether you’re drinking or staying sober this Saturday, we’ve found an Irish-inspired dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This delectable recipe was found on Sweet Pea's Kitchen.

Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
GADGETS
The 24-Hour Cupcake ATM

Despite the economy still being in some pretty hot water, we’ve seen some massively indulgent things these last few years. Money and jewels are typical fare, but it looks like baked goods are getting in on the action too. Cupcake shops are posh and cool. Regular sized cakes are so last year. Now to help people satisfy their cravings 24 hours and 7 days a week, famous shop Sprinkles has created an ATM for their sugary treats.

It looks just like an extremely fashionable old school ATM and rests just outside of Sprinkles’ best-known shop in Los Angeles. It’s been dubbed the “world’s first cupcake automat”, so there may be more human hands involved than previously thought, but it’s still a pretty novel concept. Sprinkles is known for their hand-crafted ingredients and cupcakes, so even their automated machine needs a little bit of a personal touch. The machine dispenses freshly made cupcakes and apparel, but that’s not all! Customers can also purchase their favorite cupcake’s mix so that they can make a fresh batch at home whenever they wish. Even dogs can get treats from the ATM. Specially made cupcakes for canine pals can be found there too!

DAILY BITES
Organic Sugar Dame Cupcakes in Jars

We've written about cupcakes in jars before, the convenience and portability of cupcakes in mason jars is hard to beat. We'll bet there's no other way you could eat a cupcake while driving without getting frosting all over your lap.

So we were understandably psyched to stumble upon Sugar Dame Cupcakes, which uses organic ingredients like organic raspberry jam, fresh pitted cherries, organic vanilla, and cage free eggs, to create fun cupcake flavors like Cupcake Incarceration (vanilla brown sugar cupcake with real Heath Bar toffee and chocolate chips baked in with chocolate buttercream) and Banana Pancake (banana chocolate chip cupcake with REAL ripe bananas, maple vanilla buttercream and topped with a maple drizzle). Sometimes the frosting can overwhelm the cake itself, but with people taking frosting shots at local cupcake bakeries, maybe that's not a bad thing?

BEST OF
Not Your Average Wedding Cake...

Traditional is so cliché! 2011 is all about breaking the rules, so why not start with your wedding? For years we have seen the typical cake, with several tiers and intricate designs with flavors such as vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. Now don't get me wrong, I love this formal masterpiece at most weddings, but lately engaged couples want something new, something edgy. If you classify yourself as the untraditional-type, we have news for you: wedding cake alternatives are the new "must have"! Tons of wedding cake alternatives are popping up everywhere and we've compiled a list of some alternatives and just where to find them in Miami.