Donna Hay sprinkle whoopie pies – perfect for children’s parties

27 Feb


Play dates require planning and commitment and nerves of steel. Yes, it should just be fun and easy but in my experience it is having a famished flock of children descend upon the kitchen every 15 minutes with wails of ‘we’re huuuunnngry’.

The playing takes second place to the feeding and a child who has just finished lunch will be able to put away enough food to put a sumo wrestler to shame.

With this in mind I made chocolate whoopie pies in anticipation of a double play recently. Yes, a food to keep even four little girls satiated for more than 5 minutes needed to be portable. To be sugar-filled. And most importantly, to be pretty – dousing a cake in colourful sprinkles will have that effect.


Suffice to say this treat won the day. They would be so perfect at a kid’s party, which is why Donna Hay included the recipe in a recent kid’s annual. I reduced the sugar in the cakes/pies as the marshmallow filling is soooo sweet.

I used a whoopie pie pan as I make these treats fairly often but if you don’t have one a baking-paper covered flat sheet is fine.



250g butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

1/2 cup caster (sugar

3 eggs

2½ cups plain flour, sifted

½ cup cocoa, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

sprinkles, to decorate

pink marshmallow icing

150g pink marshmallows

30g butter

60g white chocolate, chopped



Preheat oven to 150°C and grease your whoppie pie pan or prepare your baking sheet.

In bowl of electric mixer beat butter and both caster sugars until pale and creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.

With mixer on low speed tip in flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix until combined.

Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on baking tray, then gently flatten, or fill the cavities in the whoopee pie pan.

Bake for 15–20 minutes or until light golden then remove and allow to cool completely on wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small pan over a low heat stir marshmallows and butter continuously until smooth.

Remove from heat, add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Allow to cool completely.

Spread half the pies with the icing and sandwich with remaining biscuits. Roll the sides of the whoopie pies in the sprinkles to serve.



40 Responses to “Donna Hay sprinkle whoopie pies – perfect for children’s parties”

  1. Liz February 27, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    now that is a serious playdate–princess dresses, jewels, and sprinkles! You are a rock star mom 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 27, 2015 at 7:41 am #

      That dress-up box has paid for itself many times over! And my mum bought miss7 a mermaid costume just yesterday, which will call for more playdates I’m sure 🙂

  2. cheergerm February 27, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    They look delicious and super sparkly! Gorgeous dress ups going on there Mrs Hungry!

  3. milkandbun February 27, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    It’s bright and tasty! Really cool for parties! 🙂

  4. Lily Lau February 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    I really think I must try it… 😀

    • thehungrymum February 28, 2015 at 3:35 am #

      I insist you try this – you’ll be glad you did 🙂

  5. Rocky Mountain Woman February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    I’ve got to make these for my grandkids!

  6. houseofbedlam February 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    Love these – might have to change the filling to blue! I think my boys will love!

    • thehungrymum February 28, 2015 at 3:33 am #

      Do it! Would love to see a blue version 🙂

  7. nancyc February 28, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    Whoopie pies are so fun–perfect for a party! 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 28, 2015 at 3:34 am #

      Aren’t they fun? I love making them!

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 28, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    I’m such a huge fan of sprinkles. They make me happy! 😀

    • thehungrymum February 28, 2015 at 8:08 am #

      I saw on one of your posts recently that you have a tendency to buy sprinkles 😉

  9. Choc Chip Uru March 1, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    These whoopie pies are making me smile, I want to devour them all 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. AL Adorable Life March 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Looks fantastic!! Unfortunately Donna Hay is not known that much in Germany. Also Nigela Lawson. Love these two girls, their recipes and their relaxed art of cooking and baking!
    Love from germany!

    • thehungrymum March 2, 2015 at 5:26 am #

      your site is lovely! Pretty design. Shame Donna isn’t so well known in Germany – maybe you can help spread the word 🙂

      • AL Adorable Life March 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

        Thank you very much! Yes that will be my next mission for 2015 *lol*

  11. Michael's Woodcraft March 1, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    oh wow, those look awesome, my grandkids would love them too!! 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 2, 2015 at 7:27 am #

      you’ll be a v popular grandpa if you made these 🙂

  12. hotlyspiced March 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    These look like lots of fun. I’m sure the kids must have loved them with all the sprinkles. Your pink cake stand is gorgeous xx

    • thehungrymum March 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

      Aww, ta! Kids devoured them – do kids ever get full?!

  13. vegeTARAian March 2, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    Wait….they’re perfect for adults too, right? Sorry kidlets, I ain’t sharing 😛

    • thehungrymum March 2, 2015 at 7:31 am #

      But of course! Why should the kids have all the fun 🙂

  14. Frugal Hausfrau March 2, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Fit for a princess! Uh…where’s mine?

    • thehungrymum March 2, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Carrier pigeon is on its way 🙂

      • Frugal Hausfrau March 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

        Send something larger, please! LOL!!!

      • thehungrymum March 3, 2015 at 8:22 am #

        Ok, carrier emu wearing a jetpack is on its way 😉

      • Frugal Hausfrau March 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

        LOL! I think you have the makings of a children’s book! 🙂

  15. Serena @ foodfulife March 2, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    My niece would go crazy for these sprinkle chocolate whoopie pies!!!

  16. kerrycooks March 2, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    These are so adorable! I bet the kids just loved them

    • thehungrymum May 12, 2015 at 11:32 am #

      they certainly did! All those sprinkles made them very smiley 🙂

  17. Sarah 'n Spice March 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    What a cute and delicious treat for the kiddos 🙂

  18. joylovefood March 2, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    These look yummy! My girls would go crazy for them. I’d love for you to share this, and any of your other recipes at What’d You Do This Weekend? The party is open now at 🙂

  19. tampacakegirl March 5, 2015 at 3:09 am #

    Sprinkles make me happy! I love your Sprinkle Woopi Pies! How fun! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

    • thehungrymum April 20, 2015 at 2:37 am #

      There is just something about sprinkles that makes you smile 😉

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