March Madness Basketball Cake: Easy Cake Decorating with Kids

Our Iowa brackets may be busted — let there be cake! If you love March Madness, despite the Iowa Hawkeyes falling short of expectations, don’t let that totally ruin the Big Dance for you. Enjoy the final run of the tournament with this delicious activity. 

March Madness basketball cake

March Madness Basketball Cake 

  • A frosted round layer cake  
  • 2 family size bags of Reese’s Pieces

Step 1

Bake your cake according to your favorite recipe or box mix. Allow to cool and frost with your favorite frosting. We used a chocolate cake box mix (because who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate?) and canned buttercream frosting with some orange food coloring added. 

Step 2

Have your child sort out the brown Reese’s Pieces and the orange Reese’s Pieces. The other colors are for eating! My youngest was definitely a fan of this part of the process. 

Step 3

While the frosting is still moist, make a plus sign on your cake using just the brown Reese’s Pieces. Then add the slightly lines curved lines of the basketball, starting about 4 Reese’s Pieces out from your center point and working your way out. 

March Madness cake

Step 4

Fill in the space between your brown lines with orange Reese’s Pieces.

Tada! You have a basketball cake, perfect for sharing during the big dance. 

Laura is a mom of three who works full-time from home as a Development Director for a children’s charity. Laura grew up in Maryland, spent her 20s living in Southern California and South Carolina, and has spent her 30s and now 40s in Iowa, moving to Iowa City in 2010. Laura loves dancing, reading, baking, and music. She and her husband Ryan started dating in college (gasp – over 20 years ago!) and they have been sharing life’s adventures ever since. Their biggest adventure is, of course, parenthood. With three kids, the action is non-stop - which is just the way Laura likes it.

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