the frosting on the cake


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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!
See also: cake, frosting, on
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frosting/icing on the cake, the

An extra advantage or additional benefit. This term refers to the sweet creamy topping of a cake and has been transferred since the mid-1900s. A book review in The Listener used it: “All this theology is icing on the cake” (April 3, 1969; cited by the OED).
See also: frosting, icing, on
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