There’s a reason why March Madness is such an appropriate title for the annual NCAA college basketball tournament. For starters, watching 68 teams quickly whittle away to a sole team of champions over the course of a few weeks—where final scores often sway on the heartbreak or elation of a buzzer-beating shot—is a process that invites drama on every front. The players hustle up and down the court, coaches holler from the sidelines, and the fans? Well, the fans are the reason why the games are do or die. As the Sweet 16 teams battle their way to the Elite 8, and you and your jersey-clad squad jump from your couch at every whistle and swish, this selection of desserts should keep spirits high as the stakes intensify. Victory may be sweet, but with these treats, watching every second unfold will be even sweeter (even if your bracket is busted).
When You Can’t Think About Anything but NCAA Coverage
Has all the excitement surrounding March Madness taken over your life? If you live and breathe brackets, this recipe for star-shaped hand pies should match the sparks in your eyes.
When an Unlikely Pairing Makes for One Heck of a Match Up
You should never discount an underdog—sometimes teams on different ends of the spectrum can make for one entertaining rivalry. The same goes for these cupcakes. The rich taste of chocolate complements the sweetness of strawberry, creating opposing flavors that definitely attract.
When an Upset Has You Up in Arms
Final scores can be brutal. And when a particular game has you scratching your head, rebound from the loss with these decadent truffles. You’ll have a smile back on your face after the first bite.
When a Coach Gets Drenched With Gatorade
Winning coaches are splash-zone targets. Watch what happens after the tops pop off of those classic orange containers, and then take a bite out of a cupcake inspired by another thirst-quenching drink—lemonade.
When a Free-Throw Shot Has You Holding Your Breath
There are going to be suspenseful moments that you’ll have to get through—and most of them will be one-point shots. Thankfully, you can ease the tension with this no-bake cheesecake. Unlike the superstitious rituals that can take place at the free-throw line, this recipe comes through every time.
When a Shot-Clock Violation Makes You See Red
You're bound to yell, “What are you thinking?” at the screen when a play doesn't go as expected. When the shot clock is showing zero and your face is colored in the same bright shade, that’s when this red velvet pound cake recipe will come in handy. If things are going to go “code red,” there might as well be a cake that fits the theme.
When a Referee Just Became Your Worst Enemy
Well, doesn’t that whistle-blower think he’s clever? Instead of losing your cool over a bad call, keep your wits about you with these cookie dough popsicles. Cookie dough is actually nowhere to be found in this recipe—kind of like that so-called foul.