Icing is the creamy, sweet stuff you use to frost a cake — you can also call it "frosting." Some people like the cake part of a cupcake, and others just like to lick off the icing. If you're over five, that's really not acceptable.

Most icing consists of powdered sugar mixed with butter, margarine, cream cheese, or egg whites. In fact, in Britain, powdered sugar is called "icing sugar." Colloquially, you can describe something as the "icing on the cake," meaning it's not vital, but it's a positive addition: "After such a great day, finding that fifty dollar bill on the ground was just the icing on the cake!"

Definitions of icing
  1. noun
    a flavored sugar topping used to coat and decorate cakes
    synonyms: frosting, ice
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    type of:
    a flavorful addition on top of a dish
  2. noun
    (ice hockey) the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal
    synonyms: icing the puck
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    type of:
    maneuver, manoeuvre, play
    a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
  3. noun
    the formation of frost or ice on a surface
    synonyms: frost
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    type of:
    freeze, freezing
    the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
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