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Success is just cream on the cake

This malaphor, spoken by Sting in the documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom” (an excellent film by the way), involves the phrases “icing on the cake” (something extra on a successful endeavor) and “cream of the crop” (finest or best).  I don’t believe “cream on the cake” is a British expression, but please send me your comments over the pond about this.

It is similar to a previously posted malaphor and the tag for this website, “cream of the cake.”   Here is the entire quote from the movie:

“Real musicians, there’s a spiritual component to
what they do…. Success is just cream on the cake.
There’s this idea that you can just go on American
Idol and become a star, but you may bypass the
spiritual… and if you bypass that, then your success
will be wafer-thin.” Sting

Thanks to Barry Eigen for hearing this one and sending it in!

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3 Comments on “Success is just cream on the cake”

  1. raissadell says:

    I think this quote means that the cake, suppose to say is our life and the icing is what we do to reach to the top. I really liked this quote, it demonstrates the meaning of life in a way!!

  2. Dawn Rubbert says:

    This may well be a phrase from across the pond. Brits often pour cream over their desserts, especially cakes, or set the cake in a bowl with cream.


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