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the frosting on the cake

Something desirable that makes an already good situation even better. I was so proud of my daughter for finishing her Master's degree, but finding out she finished at the top of her class was the frosting on the cake!
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icing on the cake

An additional benefit or positive aspect to something that is already considered positive or beneficial. Having all of you here for my birthday has really been wonderful. This gift is icing on the cake. Sarah really wanted that job, so she said the signing bonus was really just icing on the cake.
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icing on the cake

Fig. an extra enhancement. Oh, wow! A tank full of gas in my new car. That's icing on the cake! Your coming home for a few days was the icing on the cake.
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icing on the cake

Also, frosting on the cake. An additional benefit to something already good. For example, All these letters of congratulation are icing on the cake, or After that beautiful sunrise, the rainbow is just frosting on the cake. This metaphoric expression alludes to the sweet creamy coating used to enhance a cake. [Mid-1900s]
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the icing on the cake

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

the frosting on the cake

AMERICAN
COMMON
1. If you describe something as the icing on the cake, you mean that it is an extra good thing that makes a good situation or activity even better. To ride for one's country is the ultimate experience. To be in a winning team is the icing on the cake. If it works out that he or she becomes a friend after you have enjoyed a good professional relationship, that is frosting on the cake.
2. You can use the icing on the cake to refer to something which is only a minor part of the main thing you are talking about. Consumer electronics in Japan is now a 35 billion dollars a year business. This is just the icing on the cake. Japanese electronics companies are now generating an annual 200 billion dollars of sales. Finance Minister Vaclav Klaus has dismissed environmental issues as the frosting on the cake.
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the icing on the cake

an attractive but inessential addition or enhancement.
A North American variant of this phrase is the frosting on the cake .
1996 Independent State education is no longer always free. The jumble sale and the summer fair, which used to provide the icing on the school cake, are now providing the staple fare.
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the icing on the ˈcake

something attractive, but not necessary, which is added to something already very good: The meal was perfect, the wonderful view from the restaurant the icing on the cake.
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icing on the cake

n. an extra enhancement. Oh, wow! A tank full of gas in my new car. That’s icing on the cake!
See also: cake, icing, on

icing on the cake

An additional benefit to something already good.
See also: cake, icing, on
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Decorate as desired with assorted colored frostings, drizzles and candies.
1 (12-ounce) tub whipped frosting (any flavor), tinted with food colors as desired
One of Erickson's unforgettable cake designs is individual hamburgers made from a brownie mix, a yellow cake mix and tinted frostings and served in a plastic basket (or on a platter).
Once cooled, assemble with yellow and red frostings (for mustard and ketchup), sliced kiwis (for pickles) and the other ingredients noted in the recipe here.
Ice with tinted frostings and decorate with assorted candies, cookies, etc.
1 (16-ounce) container prepared vanilla frosting (use fluffy white or cream cheese, if desired), tinted orange with food color, OR chocolate frosting
NOTE: To make a full hand, bake a small flat round of dough until golden and then attach fingers underneath with frosting, if desired.
The cake will be easier to frost if you freeze the cut pieces (uncovered) about an hour before frosting.
1 (16-ounce) container rich and creamy OR soft whipped cream cheese ready-to-spread frosting
Stir 10 drops EACH yellow and red food colors into frosting.