Cake Icing Gel (And D-LOL)

by Leighann on March 18, 2011

When your child was diagnosed, one item that might have been suggested for your hypoglycemia treatment arsenal is cake icing gel.

We were instructed that if Q is extremely low, still conscious, not having a seizure, but too out of it to drink juice or eat another of our quick acting glucose sources such as Smarties or glucose tabs, that we could squirt a tube of cake icing gel into her cheek and massage it to get it into her system.

I think the cake icing gel is one step away from glucagon.

For almost three years we have been stocking our supply boxes at school, the pump bag that we carry, and our kitchen drawer with cake icing gel, but we’ve never used it. But it’s there.

Today we purchased a tube of blue cake icing gel (funny story to follow) to decorate my husband’s birthday cake. When I twisted off the cap I noticed that you have to snip the end off of it…with scissors.

Uh, if you are low enough to need cake icing gel, do you think you should or could use scissors? Do you keep a set of scissors in your D-kit?

Yeah, me neither.

The cake icing gel that we’ve been toting every where we go is by the same exact company, but the packaging is slightly different. We chose it based on the pure fact that yellow is Q’s favorite color (yellow, just like her sunny disposition). And the yellow cake icing gel already has a hole in the applicator end. Ready to treat those lows!

So here’s a word of caution: Go check your cake icing gel and if it does not have a hole in the end, you might want to snip the tip off.

Cake Icing GelCake Icing Gel

So the funny story. The “you know your child has diabetes if” story.

Q and I were at the store getting birthday cake supplies and I grabbed the tube of cake icing gel.

Q: If you use that on the cake I won’t be able to eat it.

Me: Why?

Q: Because I only have cake icing gel for lows and if I’m not low I can’t eat it.

Birthday Cake

Final product decorated by Q


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 adrian r March 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

I stocked up on the tubes of cake icing also. The other day I showed my kids where I keep the ones in the house, only to see the same thing–the tip had to be cut pen. I don’t know if I snip the tubed open if that will cause them to dry out or not 🙁


2 Leighann March 18, 2011 at 7:13 am

Adrian- The ones we have with the hole already in them have not dried out. Nor do I see an expiration date on them.


3 Amy March 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

I carry a pair of foldable scissors in my purse for this exact reason. I figure they might come in handy anyway…


4 Leighann March 18, 2011 at 7:13 am

Great idea, Amy!


5 Ann Onimous March 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

I keep a pair of foldable scissors in my purse as well, but I may have to get a second pair for her to keep in her kit. If they’re in my purse, it doesn’t do any good if I’m 20 miles away. 🙁 She’s old enough to have a pair to keep with her, and since our kids are homeschooled, we don’t have to worry about her getting kicked out of school for having a “deadly weapon.”


6 kerry March 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

I totally have that in the door of my fridge too, omgosh so funny. I did find that once it is opened it gets really hard to squeeze after it has been in the fridge so be careful after refridgeration. I also keep Betty Crocker Icing in the house and it has saved us more than once. I am going to look for the brand you have here and see if it works out better for us. And as for the AMAZING “I love you” cake with Scooby-Doo on it! That’s the best cake ever, maybe Q could decorate my next cake?!


7 Cara March 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

You know what’s just as bad? Leaving the safety plastic on the new tube of glucose tabs. Try getting that stuff off when you’re 38. Not easy, that’s for sure. 🙂


8 Ann Onimous March 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

It’s not any easier when you’re 46. 😀


9 Tania May 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

How many carbs are in them? I too keep them but do not how many carbs.


10 Caroline March 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

who knew? i know what i’m doing today! checking icing gel tubes! thanks for the heads up!


11 Amber March 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Thanks so much for this information. We are relatively new at this and had not heard of the icing gel. I am learning a lot from this blog, thank you!!


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