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The Cake Theory

"Baby Cakes," the latest episode for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, evolved our understanding of the Equestrian world in more ways than one. Now, thanks to pony genes, we're able to see how two Earth ponies can give birth to a Pegasus and Unicorn without any immediate relations to ether race. Answer: Recessive traits. Thank you 8th grade biology! However, there are some questions that still need answering. I personally have a theory that pertains to each Cake baby, so let's slice right in!

Pumpkin Cake

Now, we're all familiar with Twilight Sparkle's struggle to learn and advance in magic as a young filly. In the episode 23 of season 1 - "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" - where we see her struggle to even turn a page with magic. And that's with the enormous amount of studying she puts in. So why then is it so hard for Twilight Sparkle - Celestia's prime student and the Element of Magic - to learn what she needed to and got to where she was today, but a 1 month old baby can levitate things, herself, walk through walls, etc...?

Here's my theory on the matter. When we're babies, our minds are completely free from social and responsible implications. Because of this, our thought process is free reign and unrestrained. And, because magic is directly linked to the brain, it's my hunch that this unbound, young mind has no obstacles in her way mentally, allowing her to react magically on pure instinct. For, as we all saw in episode 23, it was a jump scare that allowed Twilight to hatch the egg and become Celestia's prime student. And so, once Pumpkin cake begins to grow up, that free thought will diminish, and she will have to start all over again, just like Twilight.

In short: Though it takes time and effort to hone and perfect magic, pure instinct proves to be much more powerful than focused thought, and young babies live solely off of their own instincts.

Pound Cake

Leaving the subject of neurology, we move on now to physics. As it's been illustrated time and time again that Scootaloo, while using her ways in a very creative fashion, cannot (or will not) fly. However, again we are faced with a 1 month old Pegasus who not only flies, but does so without any instability or mistake. I have a couple of theories in mind for this one. Both can work either separately or together, depending on how far you want to go.

Theory 1 - Weight plays a huge factor between both Scootaloo and Pound Cake. While Pound clearly has smaller wings than Scoot, Pound has an advantage with his weight. While Scootaloo is equivalent to a 8 year old, and averages at about 57lbs, Pound's month old status leaves him at about 9. Because of that, his wings, as small as they are, would have less stress when he flies. So, like a humming bird, when his wings flap, he is easily lifted off the ground and into the air.

Theory 2 - This mainly pertains to Scootaloo. Again, going back to episode 23, we see Rainbow Dash easily winning a race between her peers. It is likely that here she is the same age as Scootaloo is now. So the reason why Scootaloo has yet to fly now is because of where she was raised and what she was exposed to. As she lived most her life in Ponyville, it's reasonable to assume that her parents are either ground flyers like Fluttershy or a different race entirely. So there is no one in her family to really teach her how to fly. This could also explain her admiration for Rainbow Dash. As proof that her exposure can lead to her skill, I go back yet again to episode 23, where we see that Fluttershy can barely take off from a cloud until she is dropped down to the ground. After she meets her animal friends, the change in scenery allows her to relax and float gracefully, as opposed to before, where she was so stressed she could barely fly a few inches.

In short: The fact that Pound Cake is substantially lighter than Scootaloo allows him to fly at a very young age. Also, Scootaloo's inability or rejection of flight can be most likely blamed on her upbringing.

Remember, these are only Fannon theories, and are subject to change as the seasons continue. Thank you for reading!
So... yeah. I saw a lot of confusion after this episode aired, so, as a challenge to myself, I decided to theorize just why the Cake babies can do the things they can do :3

Remember, this is my opinion. If you have a different theory, by all means express it =)

Edit: Yes, I'm aware that Twilight mentioned that baby unicorns can have bursts of uncontrollable magic. I'm not denying what she said, merely adding on to it.

Edit Edit: As for Pound lifting up Pinkie momentarily, it's established that he's rather strong (hence why he's always pounding things :eyes: ) and I think the artists at Studio B were going for a pony version of Bam Bam and Pebbles from The Flintstones. And if you watch anything with Bam Bam, that kid knocks down doors, picks up dinosaurs, so on and so forth. Plus I think that was more of a gag than a cannon-worthy trait.

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Edit Edit Edit: Holy Crap. I'm ALREADY at 3,000 4,000 views? :shocked: Wow... thanks guys!

Edit Edit Edit Edit: I MADE THE FRONT PAGE :iconohmygoshplz:
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Faeriesofmyheart Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
I always thought scootaloo's wing were like a birth defect or something.
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horohorogirl666 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Writer
my mind has been blow away.
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Unimportant21 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I have to disagree with the first theory on Pound Cake. While the mass/size ratio could factor in real life, Rainbow Dash broke the sound barrier at the same age as Scootaloo, with a body of equal size. Also, there was this steroid pegasus in season 2 episode 22, who has a body bigger then Big Macintosh, yet had wings with the same size as Pound Cake.

I think that pegasi have some sort of magic that's always active and allows peagsi to fly and walk on clouds. Scootaloo may have a shortage on such magic or insufficient control, so flight like most pegasi is currently out of the question. She's likely to fly as an adult, but first has to learn the skills.
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KingdomHeartsfreak82 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Well there are interesting points but pegasi aren't magic, unicorns are. You can say that there are different adaptations for each which allows them to do what they biologically were meant to. Wings are most likely a big part of the "magic" you are thinking of mostly because pegasi live in clouds and they need a way to sustain their weight. Also it isn't magic that's making them fly. It's the strength of their wings enabling them to support themselves. If anything Scootaloo's wing strength is most likely not adequate for her age, thus she can't use them to fly (also an interesting tid bit is that Scootaloo was supposed to be incapable of using her wings entirely). I don't doubt needing to learn how to fly though as you have mentioned. That's why the young pegasi were in the flight camps! :D
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Unimportant21 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I have to disagree with you on wing strength. Most pegasi in this show have a wing/body ratio that logically wouldn't make them able to fly, let alone cases with a disorted ratio. Also, Fluttershy was able to fly, yet had a initial wing power of 0,5 that only improved to 2,2.

What I mean with magic is not spells. Rather, in the case of pegasi the wings are channels for that magic, similiar to a unicorn horn, but can only create certain kinds of impossiblities, like walking on air. There could be a truth in a need for physical strength, but sitting on a cluster of water molecules half liquid, half gas seems a little impossible to me without some sort of trick.
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KingdomHeartsfreak82 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
pegasi arent magic. its like saying birds are magic its not the same thing remotely. its biological and its not a trick. But even then Fluttershy has never been a strong flyer because she doesnt usually fly. She hasn't built the stamina or strength to do something like rainbow would.She doesnt live in the clouds she lives on the ground in a cottage.
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Unimportant21 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Flight isn't a magic trick. Flight with wings that obviously shouldn't be able to carry you with normal logic is magic. Living, even walking on clouds is a act of impossibility. There has to be some sort of magic involved, as it's not only sitting on clouds, but clutching on to them and taking parts like cotton candy are also acts shown in the show, by SCOOTALOO.

I think I can guess from your DA name that you like Kingdom Hearts. Some of the movements Sora does, like double jumping, are those remotely possible with real life physics?
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KingdomHeartsfreak82 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
No flight is not magic trick, but with your logic you could say that airplanes are magical which they are not. Just because its not normal for us, doesnt mean its not normal for those ponies. Do you think Pinkie is magic because of her Pinkie sense? You can'r call it magic, but in my opinion you could call it a special ability. Plus Kingdom Hearts has nothing to do with the pony conversation.
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Unimportant21 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Let me explain something: Creatures in this world can fly because their wings can produce enough force to pull their bodies of the ground, and then use wind and speed to stay aloft. The larger a creature is, the bigger and stronger it's wings must be to pull it's body off the ground. The largest know extinct flying reptile, the Quetzalcoatlus, was lager then a human and needed both a body adapt to flying and a wingspan of 11 meters(36 feet) to fly.

The pegasi in MLP are not build as perfect for flight, but still can, even if their bodies would be too large for their wings to carry. Rainbow Dash and other pesagi of her caliber fly more skilled and faster than would be possible, and Roid rage/Snow flake outright defies logic by flying with wings smaller then those of Scootaloo.

Last argument, and I repeat that one: Cloudsdale. What pegasi can do with clouds is NOT possible with the structure of a cloud. In Sonic Rainboom, Pegasi can normally walk on clouds, and with a magic spell, the other ponies could walk as well. Explain that with physics.
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KingdomHeartsfreak82 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Telling me things I already know and treating me like an idiot isn't going to get anywhere. Also "not build" and "as perfect" implies you don't think the wing to body ratio is correct. Ignoring Roid rage and Snowflake since they are for comic relief since it is a childrens/family show, the ratio of wings to body doesn't seem that bad, maybe on the small side but acceptable. Plus the show doesn't HAVE to follow the logic of our world. It talking ponies of course it already doesn't follow the rules of our reality. It's creative and different and shows the horses are intelligent. What else do you want from the show? Pegasus and unicorns aren't real. All they're trying to do is give them uniqueness, and they do it in a logical way. No, they didn't explain every little aspect but we're trying to interpret things such as pegasi and unicorns. Such as walking and moving clouds and controlling the weather. Concerning the last line Twilight had to use magic to alter the bodies of her and her friends to enable a ability that they originally didn't have, which can be demonstrated with Rarity also with her makeshift wings.
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