Cupcakes is a dark and extremely gory fanfic of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by Sergeant Sprinkles.Plot synopsis: Pinkie Pie invites Rainbow Dash to her bakery and offers her a cupcake. Rainbow Dash discovers too late that the cupcake was drugged; she wakes up some time later strapped to a table in a darkened room decorated up like a party, but in place of streamers and balloons are bloody, bones and body parts. Pinkie Pie appears wearing a dress made from pony flesh and a necklace of unicorn horns. She reveals that she has killed many other ponies and then tells Rainbow Dash that "her number came up". She then proceeds to slowly and brutally mutilate Rainbow Dash as described in graphic detail, eventually killing her.Perhaps what makes this story so disturbing is that, throughout the entire story, Pinkie Pie keeps up her bubbly, cheery personality, cracking jokes and insisting that she and Rainbow Dash are having a party, even as Dash pleads and begs for her life. The fic is notorious among the fanbase, to the point where it inspired several pieces of artwork and multiple alternate endings.Read it here. But dear lord know what you're getting yourself into. The original version can be found hereA Dramatic Reading of the story can be found here. The sporking of this story from the continuum by the PPC can be found here, if you'd like to sleep a bit easier tonight.For those of you who don't want to be mentally scarred for life, this intentional bastardization will basically tell you everything you need to know. It's also good for if you have read "Cupcakes" and need some Nightmare Retardant.note The video linked in this paragraph happens to tie in with the continuity of the uploader's Abridged Series, in case you're curious about why the voices are the way they are.An alleged (former) Hasbro animator worked on this beauty in his spare time. If you need a version to giggle with the ghosties with, this would probably be the one for you, though still easily graphic and on the disturbitude scale of Invader Zim and Ren and Stimpy put together.There have also been several musical works dedicated to the Fan Fiction: Including a Portal 2 "Want You Gone" cross-over/cover (and a "Still Alive"cover) and twotribute albums; by Futret and Tarby, respectively.This fic has also caused an ever growing amount of related fanfictions by other authors. Prequels, parodies, and sequels. It even has a (worse?) Spiritual Successor called Pattycakes.
Anyone Can Die: Pinkie has gotten to countless ponies, including, if the above image is anything to believe, Princess Luna. Yes, the second most powerful pony in all of Equestria, who controls THE NIGHT ITSELF, has been captured, killed, and made into cupcakes by a sugar-hopped, partying earth pony.
In regards to Luna being killed by Pinkie Pie, one story actually draws attention to how difficult it would be for somepony to actually overpower Luna, let alone kill her. Even Twilight Sparkle would have been hard-pressed to do so. Which leaves only one pony capable of doing so, who just so happens to raise the sun....
In one of the animated adaptations, along with Gilda, other victims are The Great and Powerful Trixie and Angel. As one of the more popular comments notes, "Let's be honest, Angel bunny had it coming..."
The Bad Guy Wins: Frankly, it's not likely anypony has had any luck trying to escape Pinkie's games.
This holds true even in sequels and other expansions to Cupcakes. For example in My Little Pony: Forensics is Magic, it is revealed that most of the killings were orchestrated by Princess Celestia, since the body parts of the victims could be used in the creation of Homunculi, who could both replace the victims as well as provide horsepower for farming, which there was a shortage of according to Celestia in her Motive Rant. Wedge, one of the protagonists is told all of the above by Celestia, who has him at her mercy and is willing to kill him to ensure his silence. Just before she's does so, Applebloom, who had been peeking form behind a open door, rushes into the room and shields Wedge with her body. It seems like Applebloom made a Heroic Sacrifice, then Celestia refrains from attacking Applebloom...until it's revealed that Wedge is Applebloom's, having helped Pinkie in her killing spree. Celestia lets Applebloom (who has the Cutie Mark of a hacksaw) and the other Cutie Mark Crusaders carry off Wedge to be tortured and killed, with Celestia apparently having plans for using the moon as a place for several secret depopulation camps. The ending does have a Hope Spot in the form of a Dictaphone that Wedge chucked to Derpy, who carried it to Twilight's house, where it was discovered by Spike.
Beware the Silly Ones: Pinkie Pie, a bubbly, somewhat ditzy pony, brutally murders her friend with a smile on her face and acts just that way the whole time.
Comic Book Adaptation: There's one up on Deviant Art which is still ongoing. It's more or less identical except depicted in images rather than text.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Many people believe that it's "Pinkamena Diane Pie" (flat-haired, depressive-to-psychotic Pinkie) who does all the slaughtering in Cupcakes, something that fan art frequently supports. Not only have they clearly never read the fic, but they don't know either that Cupcakes was released before the premiere of "Party of One", the first episode to have Pinkie turn back into Pinkamena. So when Cupcakes was published, let alone written, Pinkamena didn't even exist yet.
When "Party of One" premiered, many thought they saw disturbing parallels to Cupcakes. In fact, however, they only saw parallels to what they believed Cupcakes is about without daring to verify.
Pinkamena is complicated. Straight hair equaling Sanity Slippage comes from Party of One, Sanity Slippage equaling basement torture chamber comes from Cupcakes, "Pinkamena" as the name for straight-haired Pinkie comes from the fact that she always had straight hair back on the rock farm where she went by her whole name. Put it all together and what do you get?
Creepy Pasta: Its infamy has caused Cup Cakes to become classified as one, though in this case its akin to an honorary creepypasta.
Cruel and Unusual Death: A good friend of yours strapping you down, mutilating your body, and having you later made into cupcakes is the last thing anyone would ever want.
Cute and Psycho: The most disturbing thing about the fic is that, despite all the murder, evisceration and evil cooking, Pinkie's outer self is just as happy, cute and casual as ever.
Dark Fic: And how! Well-known fanblog "Equestria Daily" has many darkfics hosted, which are sorted under the "Grimdark" tag. Cupcakes is the only fic on the site with the "GRIMDARK AS FUCK" tag. Unless Equestria Daily ever starts allowing gorefics (Cupcakes was the exception because people kept pestering the site owner about it), it will be the only one with that tag.
Defiant to the End: Gilda, to the point where Pinkie Pie shoves a Parasprite down her throat. Unlike Rainbow Dash, Gilda is so badass she badmouths Pinkie Pie until she dies.
Disproportionate Retribution: Based on the victims we see, this could be interpreted as a Revenge Fic. However, the worst any of the victims have done is be petty Jerkasses. The fake movie trailer has her flip out over not being invited to the Grand Galloping Gala and being snubbed for Gummy's after-birthday party.
Faux Affably Evil: Pinkie retains her cheerful attitude while committing her atrocities.
Flanderization: Although the original story uses a happy, curly-haired pony who behaves upbeat and is called "Pinkie Pie", references to this fan fiction written or drawn after "Party of One" aired will often call her "Pinkamena" instead (during a 'depressed' part of her childhood she went by her full name of Pinkamena Diane Pie), and represent the character with the straight hair and morose attitude she displayed during that episode.
Force Feeding: It's briefly mentioned that Pinkie forced a live Parasprite down Gilda's throat. In one of the unofficial sequels, Pinkie Pie feeds Fluttershy's beloved pet rabbit, Angel, to Gummy and then attempts to force-feed his remains to Fluttershy.
Lethal Chef: Apparently, Rainbow Dash isn't very good at making cupcakes.
Lighter and Softer: Cupcakes Redux, a re-imagining where what Pinkie does is stuff ponies absurdly full of treats. The descriptions can get a bit squick-y at times, but cartoon physics are in full effect – the worst thing that happens is a massive case of Balloon Belly. In the end, it reads much like one might expect a weird nightmare as it would depicted in the show itself.
It's a miracle how Pinkie is able to do all this without any legal comeuppance, or even notice by the Cakes (who own Sugarcube Corner and would certainly go in their basement from time to time). However, it's safe to assume that somepony has reported the missing ponies and Pinkie's just slipped under the radar.
This is lampshaded in FimFlamFilosophy's parody video, where Pinkie is discovered by Mrs Cake shortly after the dramatic reveal and tries (and fails) to talk her way out of trouble.
Though Mrs. Cake is annoyed with the fact that Pinkie's not working and not with the horrific acts of Torture Porn she's performing in the basement.
And a last-minute derail in which Dash plays along with her tormentor, lures Twilight Sparkle in by pretending it's some gruesome game, tips her off in time for Twilight to zap Pinkie to sleep - and they discover that a parasprite is living in Pinkie's head, crushing and poisoning her brain, and they have to cure her, but fail to rehabilitate the traumatized Pinkie back into the community.
It was Sergeant Sprinkles's idea for an opening to Season 2, and he gets dragged away because Lauren Faust thinks he's insane.
A sequel in which Pinkie Pie kills Fluttershy, of all ponies. As if that isn't bad enough, Pinkie also has Gummy eat Angel right in front of Fluttershy.
Another sequel where Pinkie Pie violently murders Applejack. It is extremely well-written adding to the overall squick.
A Twopart sequel in which two of Celestia’s Guards are sent to investigate the discovery of a body at Sugercube corner, only to uncover a bigger, more sinister crime: Affectionate Parody of CSI-type programs and film Noir set in Equestriaof all places.
In Cupcake Surprise, it was really a surprise birthday party for Rainbow Dash and no one was killed.
Yet another sequel details how Pinkie Pie went on to torture and murder the rest of her friends and display their bodies to Twilight Sparkle. This was all done for some obscure occult purposes at the behest of Celestia that are not fully revealed until one reads the further nine part sequel it spawned. Essentially, Twilight and Pinkie Pie's four dead friends become powerful undead and Twilight Sparkle is taken over by another entity and begins to refer to herself as the Twilight Queen. This leads directly to Equestria being overrun by an army of dead ponies, each of whom exhibit the pink pony's personality.
Sugar Cube Corner Siege is a story running parallel to Cupcakes. It details Twilight Sparkle and Spike being captured and imprisoned by Pinkie Pie while she's murdering Rainbow Dash, while the elite Special Pegasus Service come to the rescue and shoot Pinkie Pie dead.
The Cold Part which takes place eight months after the original. Pinkie is becoming careless in her abductions and murders due to the crippling guilt of having taken so many lives, especially Rainbow Dash's. Ponyville is now more suspicious than ever of the unknown killer and Fluttershy's number has come up. It's now up to Twilight to save another friend from being lost.
Of Nightmares and Confections has the events of "Cupcakes" as a horrible nightmare caused by a sadistic dream sprite Luna has been trying to capture for a long time. However unlike other stories Pinkie is portrayed as a hero who comes to Rainbow Dash's aid rather than a villain or another victim to an outside force.
A (pretty bad) alternate ending where the Royal Guard attempts a last-second rescue and Pinkie escapes to Stalliongrad.
The Ask A Pony blog 'Question Pinkamena' (which plays Cupcakes for Black Comedy) hinted that in the distant future Pumpkin and Pound Cake continue the killings, with Pinkie herself becoming a victim after she tried to kill Pound Cake.
That was just the first chapter; later chapters contain Lyra and Twilight Sparkle getting revenge on cloppers, Big Mac owning the maker of Sweet Apple Massacre, and Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo laughing at Rainbow Factory.
In a stroke of brilliance, some 4chan posters pointed out that Cupcakes could be considered a revenge fic for the horrible things Dashie does in Rainbow Factory.
Rouge Angles of Satin: There are a noticeable amount of grammar and spelling mistakes. They are (largely) cleaned up in the version hosted on Equestria Daily (although the Apple Bloom part of the fic is also inexplicably deleted as well).
Scenery Gorn or Scenery Porn: Whether you like it or dislike it, the author is awesome at "show, don't tell." For example, the part where the lights turn on and all those horrific decorations appear isn't done by telling that. Instead…
“‘Oh god, no’ Dash reeled in horror at the image presented to her. The room was decorated with a typical but twisted Pinkie Pie flair. Colorful streamers of dried entrails danced around the ceiling, brightly painted skulls of all sizes were stuck on the walls, and organs done up in pastels filled with helium tied to the backs of chairs. The tables and chairs were made of bones and flesh of past ponies. Dash cringed at the center piece on the table nearest to her. The heads of four foals, their eyes closed like they were sleeping, wearing party hats made from their own skin. She recognized one of them as Apple Bloom’s classmate. Her eyes darted back and forth and then gazed up at the patchwork banner hanging from the rafters. Made from several pony hides, the words ‘Life is a party’ were scrawled in red.”
Hoofstuck: In order to enter the Medium, Pinkie Pie needs to destroy her cruxite artifact, shaped like Rainbow Dash, with a knife. Unlike here, though, she does not savor the idea of carving up Dashie.
Ed, Edd n' Pony: Chapter 2 reveals Ed is a brony, thanks to Sarah. Chapter 2 also reveals Ed was unfortunate enough to read Cupcakes. What does he do next? He pounds his head against the cement floor to get it out of his head. The others brush it off as just Ed being Ed. A later chapter has Ed checking to see if Rainbow Dash was okay before eating a cupcake.
Progress: While in Pinkie Pie’s apartment, Princess Luna watched a gut-wrenchingly bad and graphic cable television horror movie version of Cupcakes while Pinkie was busy in the kitchen. Luna was then startled by a completely (well, mostly) innocent Pinkie, and became temporarily phobic of pastries and the color pink. She tore the room apart before fleeing, but was forgiven, got over it quickly, and enjoyed Pinkie Pie's company later the same day.
In My Little Denarians, the denarians briefly turn Pinkie into her Cupcakes version by tampering with the script, forcing Harry to invest a bit of his soul into giving her free will.
Rainbow Leap uses ... well, almost all of these as parallel universes.
The Pony POV Series version of Pinkie Pie tells the readers to stop talking about that "stupid fanfic" when she gets to a point in her introduction where she mentions cupcakes. The scary part is she nearly gets taken over byAngry Pie, who is arguably every bit as psychotic as the Cupcakes version. This version of Pinkie really hates this fic. In one chapter, the cast gets trapped in Princess Gaia'sLotus-Eater Machine. What is part of Pinkie Pie's fantasy? All copies of this fanfic being burned and a computer virus purging it from the internet!
In the spinoff Pony POV Series Chaos Verse Cupcakes is reenacted by Discord to entertain his daughter and her friends. It is recreated as a live action show with most of the flaws of the infamous live action show of My Little Pony, turning Cupcakes into a comedy that makes Chaos!Pinkie Pie and Fluttercruel laugh for 10 minutes.
Getting Back on Your Hooves has Pinkie say she doesn't make cupcakes where people can see, and mentioning suing someone for defamation of character.
Fanmade game Super Filly Adventure has several references to it, such as Pinkie asking player character Jade if she wants to make cupcakes with her, Twilight referring to a book called 'Cupcakes' (which Jade insists she shouldn't read), and Pinkie musing on the purpose of a 'hacksaw' and claiming she's seen an 'eevil' version of herself in the mirror.
EarthBound romhack EquestriaBound has cupcakes as healing items. Their description includes the following: "100% not made of anything questionable."
The fanfic 'Po-Ni-Oh: The Abridged Series' (A ponyfication of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series) has a shout-out during the soap opera parody in episode 7, where Grandpa shooting Tristan becomes Granny Smith making Derpy into Cupcakes (With Cupcakes capitalized to drive the point home).
A Series of Stories, an Affectionate Parody that pokes fun at the various cliches of the fandom, references this story after Rainbow Dash pretends to be her Rainbow Factory self (the premise is a horror novel in this universe) as a prank on Twilight, pointing out her doing something like that would be as outrageous as 'that horror novel Pinkie Pie wrote.'
The Legend of Spyro fanfic The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn has Delilah mention the "Cupcakes Incident" on more than one occasion, which involved this universe and left her deathly afraid of cupcakes. Apparently, she at least witnessed at least some of the events of the fanfic itself. It didn't seem to hurt her relationship with the canon version of Pinkie Pie though, who she lists as one of her best friends and is even upset she missed her birthday party. Though in the A New Dawn Side Story, Delilah is seen taking therapy for it.
The Katawa Shoujo fanfic Hanako Bakes Cupcakes has Hanako brutally slaying Lilly, Hisao, Shizune and Misha after serving pieces of her flesh to them in cupcakes.
The Portal fanfic Being Human has GLaDOS claiming to Wheatley she wrote Cupcakes. She says it was very well received.
The Stinger: In the original version, Pinkie Pie is about to murder Silver Spoon, only for Apple Bloom to suddenly show up. Silver Spoon is relieved, believing that Apple Bloom is there to save her. And then it turns out that Apple Bloom wanted to kill Silver Spoon herself and has already done in Diamond Tiara; the story ends with Apple Bloom about to murder Silver Spoon while happily declaring that she's "gonna be a blank flank". For some reason, the revised version leaves this part out.
Team Killer: The Element of Laughter butchering the Element of Loyalty. It seems unlikely either element will be much use come the next major villain who requires the elements for containment.
Except she can't. That's how Nightmare Moon and Discord both escaped, since Celestia (and definitely Luna) were no longer connected to the elements, weakening their seals. The elements themselves were briefly destroyed in the second episode, before reforming around the Mane 6. So while the 6 themselves aren't the elements, they are connected to them. And it's highly unlikely that Pinkie (and Celestia, if you count certain sequels) will be able to use them, and Dashie obviously can't, so Equestria had better hope for new bearers...
The mane 6 gave up the elements at the start of season 4 to save the Tree Of Harmony. So Celestia probably did something similar…
Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The main reason why this story leaves many a deep scars is because the grim atmosphere twists the ties made in the subconscious so much that they become much harder to unravel, allowing traces of the events to become imprinted on the reader's long-term memories.
The scarring power of this fiction was given an unforeseen increase thanks to a very disturbing coincidence in Party Of One where Pinkie has a Heroic BSOD and gets in an argument with Rainbow Dash.