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The World’s Best Cupcakes

Blue sky expands in a dome above us. Puffy white cumulous laze about as if the day will last forever—as though night will never come to take them from their audience. Dad perches the video camera on his shoulder; all attention rests on me. My bike exists as an extension of me. Pink frills bounce, ratty sneakers pump, blond hair flies, nothing limits me. I am one with the universe. All powerful. Racer. The world’s best. Enter Daniel, zooming up behind me. Irked at his attempt to steal my spotlight, I holler: “Daniel! Don’t ride behind me!” He eases back, but only to give himself room to maneuver to my side. “Don’t ride beside me!” A quiet grin steals onto his face; the smirk widens as he quietly but quickly veers in front of me. “Don’t ride behind me! Don’t ride beside me! Don’t ride in front of me!” But my last words are drowned out by Daniel’s raucous chortles. A classic Norwegian cake, Kvæfjord Kake, lovingly referred to as “The World’s Best Cake” in English, …