A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite what I mean. Any ideas?
This question is looking for a verb. The verb is confection:
In noun form, a confection is an edible thing made with sugar. In order to create a confection, you would first need to confect it, similar to the way that "perfection" is possessed by that which has been "perfected."
Example: "Have you confected those lemon bars yet?" or: "Confection is easy. You just put your hand around the icing tube... and squeeeeeze." or: "Don't make so much noise when I'm confecting!
Since each dessert might involve different processes to create, the all-inclusive "preparing dessert" seems like it will fit the bill.
Cofectioning: verb, archaic The act of making confections (separate from the medical term).
Out of use in English by 16th century, but now is as good a time as any to bring it back.
This would be called an interest in dessert making.
If you want to coin a term: Dessertophilia or Pastrophilia.
Granted these could merely be a love of desserts or pastries, but I still would call them applicable.