Cake by Courtney Cake March Madness Bracket

You know my love of cake runs deep, but did you also know my love of basketball does too? I’ve decided to pair the two together and create a Cake March Madness Bracket. Just a little something fun to do this month together!

How to Play

  • Download the bracket below.
  • Look through each division (Chocolate, Peanut Butter / Graham, Fruit, and Misc.) and pick a winner from each pairing. You’ll then move those winners to the next round and pick a winner from that pairing.
  • You’ll fill out the entire bracket – GUESSING which cake will win each pairing and which cake you think will win overall.
  • Once you make your guess for the winning cake, COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR WINNER. This gives us a time stamp to make sure you entered before the competition starts.

How It Works

  • Starting next week, I’ll post the cake pairings in my Instagram stories for everyone to vote on.
  • We’ll start with the Sweet 16, then the Elite 8, the Final 4, and finish with the Championship pairing.
  • Winning cakes will be chosen from that voting process and I’ll announce in IG stories the updates so you can make sure to check out how you’re doing on your bracket.
  • Once we get to the final winner, I’ll take a look at your guesses below and from those who guessed correctly, I’ll RANDOMLY SELECT ONE WINNER.

What Does the Winner Get?

  • The randomly selected winner will receive my new cookbook, access to ALL THREE of my online cake classes and one of my Cake tees from


  • Print the bracket
  • Make your selections
  • Comment below with what you cake you think will be the overall winner
  • Check out stories next week to start the voting process
  • Have fun!

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. The winner, after a super close match up, it came down to the wire, is……… Ultimate S’mores cake. With a very close Strawberry Rhubarb Crumple Cake in second.

  2. For me, it came down to final two being your Apple Cider Donut Cake vs Cookies & Cream. Ultimately, it looks like the Cookies & Cream will win it all! 🏆 This is so fun, thanks for putting this together!

  3. this is such a fun idea!
    every year we do March Madness!
    the first year we did candy bars, second year, sodas, third, ice cream and finally this year, little snack cakes!
    i’m now hoping to make next March a cake year!
    thank you for the amazing idea!!!!!

  4. It’s gotta be s’mores!!! what else could you want? gooey marshmallow, melty chocolate and crunchy grahams?!?!! HEAVENLY

  5. My daughter and I chose the Tonight Show cake as the champion. Thanks for doing this! My girls found it much more interesting than basketball :).

  6. My final 4 cookies n cream, choc cake w PB frosting, dole whip and biscoff cake.

    I think the winner will be the biscoff cake

  7. I think that the Ultimate S’mores Cake will be the ultimate winner! One of my favorites ever! 🙌🏻❤️

  8. My championship came down to Tonight Show vs Biscoff – but I think Biscoff will take the cake!

  9. I love this so much! How fun! I think the Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake will be the overall winner 🤤❤️

  10. This was extremely difficult as ALL of your cakes are absolutely delicious! But I’m going to put my money on your Cookies and Cream Cake!

  11. It’s gonna be tight. The cakes are all amazing! But my guess for the overall winner is German Chocolate. It is insanely delicious!!

  12. I think the Cookies and Cream cake will win it all! So hard to choose though, they all look amazing!

  13. It came down to two of my favs. Although I prefer the Biscoff, I think that the ultimate winner will be cookies and cream!

  14. This was one of the hardest brackets I have ever tried to fill out! (Basketball ones seem easier, haha) Too many amazing choices! I wanted to pick all of them! But my winning cake champion was Cookies & Cream Cake!

  15. This was so fun and so tough! So many yummy sounding cakes! It came down go Tonight show squaring off with Peach Crisp and I choose Peach crisp (your Perk Energy flavor is to die for!) as the WINNER!

    Instagram for me is @LadyBurt

  16. I pick the ultimate s’mores cake for the winner because I just made it. My family and I will be enjoying it for dessert tonight! Good luck!

  17. The cookies and cream cake will win! Although I think the Olive oil ricotta cake should win, it is absolutely delish!

  18. Cake Champion: Lemon Bar! It might be on my mind a little extra because I’m making it this week.

  19. My husband and I did this on our road trip!! And now we just want cake 🤣 it was a tie between Classic Chocolate (me) and Strawberry Short Cake (him)!!

  20. I think the red velvet cookie cake will prevail! It was tough between that and the tonight show but I went red velvet. Yummy!!!

  21. Finally! A March madness I can get excited about haha! My winner is the chocolate coconut caramel cake!

  22. I’m thinking it will be Biscoff as the winner….although if it was totally up to me, it would be Lemon Bar or Almond Joy! 😋

  23. Oh my goodness it was so hard to decide!! I think the last four are ALL winners, they are so so yummy. But, I guess we have to pick one so I think the biscoff cake will….take the cake, lol!

  24. In the Cake Championship I have Peanut Butter Oreo Cake vs Gingerbread Cookie Cake in the finals. My overall winner is Peanut Butter Oreo Cake!

  25. It’s a tough one for sure…Better than anything cake or Biscoff BUT… I have to make the impossible decision and go with my gut and heart lol BETTER THAN ANYTHING for the win!!!

    What a great idea!so much fun!! Good luck everyone! It’s going to be a nail biter!

  26. This was SO hard. Some of the pairings were almost impossible to choose between, ugh! My Cake Champion is Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, with Peach Crisp just hair behind. This is so fun, and now I have 64+ cakes that I need to try with my mouth, and not just my eyes!

    1. So fun! We all printed it out and filled them out. My final winner was Peaches and Cream. My son’s final winner was Graham Slam and my daughter’s was Churro Cake.

  27. I’m going with the Ultimate S’mores Cake. Although if it was my personal favorite winning, I’d go with the Lemon Blueberry! So good!!

  28. So fun to do this with my girls and sister. Make us want to make all the cakes!

    My champion is : Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cake

  29. Cookies and cream will win it all. However, my personal faves are classic chocolate or lemon blueberry, orrr Biscoff or Sweet Potato pie cake.

  30. My vote is for Ultimate S’mores. It’ll be a close final vs Biscoff but I’m betting the beautiful marshmallow topping will win out in the end! And from personal experience the s’mores cake is delicious!

  31. Tonight show cake is going to win. (Secretly hoping the Caramel Apple Cheesecake cake wins – that would be a huge upset, at this house).

    So fun to make it a family activity.

  32. Such a fun idea! I think your follower who suggested it should win something too 😊My bracket winner is the Biscoff Cake

  33. This was tricky!!! Honestly harder to choose than actual March Madness 🤣 I think cookies and cream cake!

  34. I know that the Ultimate S’mores Cake will win! I have made and loved so many of your cakes and it’s one of my tops! The biscoff brownie would have been another top of mine.

  35. Even though I’m a fan of all things chocolate, I’m going with lemon blueberry cake for the win!

  36. So hard to choose!! My fav, that I’ve made so far, is the pumpkin pie cake but the overall winner is…. Biscoff cake!!

  37. The ultimate chocolate peanut butter cake for the win. Combine the two greatest ingredients ever into one delicious cake!!

  38. I filled it out and went to Twix vs Biscoff with Biscoff winning! Wish I could upload my bracket lol!

  39. My Vote is the better than anything cake! Sounds so amazing right about now to this pregnant mama! Can’t wait to see which one comes out on top

  40. So excited for this!! I think Ultimate S’mores will win, but personally rooting for Peanut Butter Oreo 😋

    1. Its was close between the Ultimate Smore’s Cake and Biscoff Cake but I picked Biscoff in the end. It is what you are known for!!

  41. Linnae-Smore Cake
    Kirsi-Better than Anything Cake
    Eden-Smore Cake
    Carol-Better than Anything
    Ezra-Tonight Show!

  42. Oh my gosh how to pick one?!! I think Biscoff is going to reign number one! So many good ones but that’ll take the prize!!

  43. I did this with a couple of my kids and had a blast! Our picks are below:

    Evan – Ultimate S’mores Cake
    Kylie – Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake
    Charisse – Tonight Show Cake

  44. I think the cookies and cream cake is gonna be the winner!! made it this weekend and it was so so yummy!!!

  45. Such a hard decision but so much fun thinking about all the cakes. I am going with Better Than Anything Cake as the winner!

  46. After narrowing my choices down to Olive Oil Ricotta cake and Cookies and Cream cake, my choice for the winner is COOKIES and CREAM cake by a slight margin!🎂.

  47. Oh gosh that was hard!! It seems i basically picked a final 4 cake for every season. Ha! But my winner is a classic year round- red velvet!

  48. My prediction is = Ultimate S’Mores
    Such a fun idea -Thank you!
    My final 4 were: Ultimate S’Mores, Tonight Show, Peach Crisp, and Carmel Apple Cheesecake.

  49. How fun is this!! I love basketball and cakes, so this was a win win!
    I think the TWIX CAKE is going to be the winner!!

  50. Creme Brulee Cake… might be hard to beat PB (best frosting ever) or Orem (like grey stuff) but I actually tasted Creme Brulee made by you and it was to die for.

  51. Sorry if this is a duplicate, my screen went blank and I wasn’t sure if it sent.

    So this was harder than picking my basketball teams, and so FUN!

    Okay I ended with Classic Chocolate Cake vs Churro Cake

    Thanks for doing this!

  52. This was so hard because my favorite wasn’t even on here! But my guess is the red velvet cookie cake!

  53. Sooo hard to decide on one overall winner!! I’m so torn between the ultimate s’mores cake and chocolate dulce de leche cake!!!

    I think the ultimate winner will be ultimate s’mores cake 🤞🏽

  54. I am sorry if this is a duplicate but I didn’t see my reply from last night! I think it will be the Cookies and Cream Cake!

  55. Strawberry Shortcake for the winner. My son helped me and said whatever wins, we make that cake together.

  56. I think the final 4 will be: Ultimate S’mores, Tonight Show, Lemon Bar, and Biscoff. But in the end I think the Biscoff cake will win the tournament!

  57. I know it technically started, but I think the Peanut Butter Oreo Cake will be the overall winner! This was so fun! Hard to choose…

  58. I think the final 2 will come down to S’mores and Biscoff and S’mores will take the W!! 👏🏼🤩✊🏼

  59. I let my husband choose the winner and we’re going with PB S’mores as the winner! Such a great idea… this is my kind of March Madness!

  60. Too many to pick from, but I think the overall winner will be Cookies and Cream. Although it will be close with lemon bar and if you had put strawberry and cream cake that would be in the running as well.

  61. I wish I had tried all these cakes to really know how I would vote so I voted by what sounds the most delicious from the name and reading each cakes ingredients. The top 4 for me were S’mores, chocolate peanut butter, Pina colada, Biscoff cakes. That’s a hard pick to go from there but the top one is… S’mores!

  62. Our family did three brackets and each came up with a different winner, but we came to consensus that Cookies and Cream wins.

  63. This is SO FUN!! Basketball and cakes are two of my faves too! Also, some of these matches are HARD. I have the Cookies and Cream Cake going all the way!

  64. Too late for the guveaway but just wanted to join in!
    Been avoiding your stories all day to remain unbiased 😂
    My prediction is cookies and cream cake!