Can you get sick from eating frosting? (+3 side effects)

In this brief study, we will answer the question, “can you get sick from eating frosting?” and we will also tell you the side effects of eating it regularly.

Can you get sick from eating frosting?

Yes, you can get sick from eating frosting if you consume it in a large amount. Beyond the fact that frosting contains a disproportionately high quantity of saturated fat, several brands also have the same amount of trans fat in a single serving as is “permitted” for one full day of eating. Excessive amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors and colors, and a variety of other preservatives may also be present, but the amount may vary from brand to brand.

What happens if you consume it regularly?

Regular consumption of frosting may result in many health issues, including but not limited to diabetes and heart disease, as well as weight gain and liver dysfunction in women (due to the presence of trans fatty acids in frosting) (because of the trans fat). Because of its high sugar content, frosting may have the potential to cause cavities and tooth decay in certain people.

The frosting is a dish that should be avoided since the benefits are minor to non-existent, and there is a slew of associated problems that are too many to list. It’s not harmful to indulge in a cupcake or a piece of cake now and then, but include it in your diet daily may put your health at serious risk.

Frosting’s active ingredients

Though frosting is a delicious addition to any cake, cupcake, or other baked good, it does little to improve one’s health in the long run. Frosting, which is made from sugar and water (or milk) with other ingredients such as butter, cream cheese, and egg whites (the nutrients in eggs are found in the yolk), is high in calories and fat, especially saturated fat, and should be avoided if possible. Two teaspoons (35g) of a well-known brand of frosting have 7 percent saturated fat and 130 calories, according to the nutrition statement on the package. There are zero calories and zero grams of protein in this serving. Even if dietary fiber and iron are present, the amounts are so minute as to be irrelevant in terms of overall health.

Side effects of buttercream frosting

Buttercream frosting is intended to be a delectable dessert, however, for some people, eating buttercream frosting may cause an upset stomach. Having a stomach upset is a general term that relates to symptoms such as stomach bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

 A stomachache or vomiting after eating buttercream may indicate that you have food poisoning. The possibility of being lactose intolerant or allergic to milk exists if you experience stomach pain after consuming buttercream frosting. Consult your doctor to determine the cause of your stomach discomfort.

Food Poisoning 

Consuming sour buttercream frosting, or frosting that has been cross-contaminated with utensils or other materials used to make the frosting may result in food poisoning, which may be dangerous. Symptoms of food poisoning will appear between four and twenty-four hours after eating the contaminated frosting, depending on the severity of the infection. 

Lactose intolerance 

Even though buttercream contains less lactose than regular milk, the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse warns that it may still cause lactose intolerance symptoms in people who are very sensitive to the substance. Lactose is a sugar that is found in dairy products. Following ingestion of the buttercream frosting, the lactose in the body is unable to be properly digested by the digestive system. Stomach pain and diarrhea are all signs and symptoms of this condition. 

Lactose Intolerance

The consumption of buttercream icing will result in an adverse reaction if you have a milk allergy. An allergic reaction to milk is caused by hypersensitivity to the proteins casein and whey, which are present in milk, according to Kids Health magazine. When these proteins in buttercream are consumed, they will activate the immune system, causing it to fight them. Acute intestinal inflammation, as well as lung and nasal channel inflammation, are the consequence of an immune system attack.

Milk Allergy 

Milk allergy symptoms may appear immediately after consuming the frosting, or they may take up to an hour to appear after consuming the frosting. Having a milk allergy is a serious medical condition that should be examined by a doctor. When an allergic reaction is severe, it may result in a systemic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can be deadly if not treated properly.


In this brief study, we answered the question, “can you get sick from eating frosting?” and we also told you the side effects of eating it regularly.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.