Bavaria cake from nedelya website. It is round and drizzled with chocolate.

The cake above is from this website and I was wondering how the swirl effect is done on top of the cake? At first, I thought it may be done using a similar method to latte art, but am really unsure. Is it just a cocktail stick pulled through the icing in a curve? The bit that confused me most was how there was milk chocolate in the white chocolate half and white chocolate in the milk chocolate half for the same swirl.

The cake in the image below (which is from the same website) seems to have used a similar technique: square cake with chocolate icing

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I can't be sure, but it looks like there are two different things going on here.

For the ice cream cake, notice that there is no white chocolate in the bottom swirl (the white there is a reflection of the light). So I expect they are using an implement (quite possibly the tip of a spoon) and swirling it from the dark side to the light side. Then they lift the spoon and let it trail across and then smear from dark to light again, leaving behind some of the white on each successive row.

For the rectangular cake, I think they've iced the entire thing in the light color, then added a thin layer of dark to half of the cake. Using a two pronged tool, they can then smear from dark to light and reveal the lighter color on the dark side before trailing the dark across the white side.

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    The white-on-dark on the ice cream cake looks like it’s the ice cream showing through the dark icing.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 18, 2020 at 12:54

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