Cake decorating is one of the sugar arts that uses icing or frosting and other edible decorative elements to make otherwise plain cakes more visually interesting. Alternatively, cakes can be molded and sculpted to resemble three-dimensional persons, places and things.
In many areas of the world, decorated cakes are often a focal point of a special celebration such as a birthday, graduation, bridal shower, wedding, or anniversary.
During the 1840s, the advent of temperature-controlled ovens and the production of baking soda and baking powder made baking cakes much easier.
Even though baking from scratch decreased during the latter part of the 20th century in the United States decorated cakes have remained an important part of celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, showers and other special occasions.Recently cakes decorated with fondant have become extremely popular and resulted in several reality based TV shows across the country.
_Cake decorating as an art_
Some cake designers are former painters. Colette Peters, of Colette’s Birthday Cakes, and some of Colette's employees have degrees in Fine Arts, or art history, and Duff Goldman was a graffiti artist.