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.
The cooking school, Le Cordon-Bleu USA, refers to the field as the pâtisserie and baking arts. It also uses the term pastry arts.
The Culinary Institute of America uses the same phrases.