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Cake decorating

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Cake decorating is the art of decorating a cake for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, baby showers, national or religious holidays, or as a promotional item.

Light green buttercream is piped in swirls onto a white cake.
Buttercream swirls are piped onto the sides of a cake with a pastry bag

It is a form of sugar art that uses materials such as icing, fondant, and other edible decorations. An artisan may use simple or elaborate three-dimensional shapes as a part of the decoration, or on the entire cake. Chocolate is commonly used to decorate cakes as it can be melted and mixed with cream to make a ganache, or cocoa powder can be lightly dusted on top of a cake.

Cake decoration has been featured on TV channels such as TLC, Food Network, and Discovery Family as a form of entertainment.