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Cupcakes is a fan-fiction series suited in the universe of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which became notorious within the fanbase for its highly creepy and gore-filled narrative. It has been described by Equestria Daily as the most creepy, crude, gory and traumathizing narrative involving ponies ever written.
The “Cupcakes” fanfiction is thought to have first appeared on 4chan’s imageboard /co/ sometime in January 2011, though the date of original post remains unknown. A canonical reference to the Episode 12 in the fan-fiction suggests that the earliest possible date of post is January 7th, 2011. On the Equestria Daily version, the authorship has been attributed to “Sergeant Sprinkles”. The earliest archived instance of My Little Pony fan-fiction is “Junior Speedsters Forever” posted via Equestria Daily on January 24th, 2011.
The story is centered around the two pony characters Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, who decide to meet at Pinkie’s house to bake some cupcakes (in reference to Pinkie’s “cupcake” song in an episode). Upon arriving at Pinkie’s, however, she realizes she will be part of the recipe, when Pinkie puts her to sleep and later wakes up in a basement tied to a stack of planks with a leather strap. The room shows lots of corpses and flesh from other ponies, and Pinkie wears a dress made out of skins, pegasus wings and cutie marks. Pinkie goes onto tell Dash that she needs more “special ingredient” for her cupcakes, informing her that her “number came up”, and proceeds to cut her cutie mark and wings, followed by her internal organs and skull. Extremely painful for Dash, but a normal day for Pinkie. She constantly makes jokes as she dismembers her body, like how glad she was to finally have a friend helping her, yet disappointed about her reaction and lack of toughness in dealing with the situation.
Since its premiere at /co/’s Pony Generals, “Cupcakes” grew into one of the (if not “the”) most popular Pony fan-fiction series and became the subject of countless discussions, as well as several fan art, and images macros with “screenshots” from the series referencing the fanfiction, giving it a Goatse kind of effect. Most of the fan art that stems from this story is often graphic, gruesome and gory (i.e., portraits of Applebloom or Pinkie, usually with a sadistic expression on their face holding a bloody knife).