Cream is a term with different meanings. First of all, it indicates a sweet preparation, based on eggs, sugar and milk; it can be eaten alone or used to fill cakes and various pastries as well as to accompany ice cream or puddings. This type of preparation is divided into two large classes: cooked creams and raw creams. The former are made with the ingredients listed above and then cooked for a fairly short time; the raw ones are based on whipped butter with the addition of sugar and eggs, and are used to decorate or fill cakes. The same term also defines savory preparations, i.e. vegetable, fish or meat purées, which require also the addition of bechamel, flour or cream. The ingredients must be sieved (for this reason this type of preparation is sometimes called "puree"), or blended with a mixer, so that they take on a soft and uniform texture.