Watergate Cake: pistachio, coconut, and pudding in a delicious layer cake!
WHAT IS WATERGATE CAKE?
If you have any of those old-school church or neighborhood cookbooks – you know the ones, with recipes collected from all of the congregants or neighbors and sold as a fundraiser – I can bet you there will find at least one recipe for Watergate Cake.
If you’re younger than me and aren’t familiar with Watergate Cake, that’s ok. Show it to your mom. Or grandma. Or dad. I bet they know what it is!
Watergate Cake is about as classic as it gets. There are probably a million variations within each family, but the general elements are white cake mix, pistachio pudding mix, 7Up, coconut and pecans.
I don’t know if anyone remembers why it’s called Watergate Cake (at least I’m not that old!), but I do know it’s delicious.
The great thing about Watergate Cake, though, is that it starts with a white cake mix, so it’s pretty quick and easy to make. Adding pistachio pudding mix and lemon-lime soda makes it extra light and moist, and the chopped pecans and coconut add texture and flavor.
The frosting uses Dream Whip (a shelf-stable version of Cool Whip) as the base and is flavored with more pistachio pudding mix to get that classic Watergate Cake green color and flavor. It’s light and fluffy and super easy to make.
Watergate Cake is perfect for holidays. Or family reunions. Or church luncheons. The younger crowd might wonder where the chocolate is, but someday they’ll appreciate Watergate Cake for its nostalgia and classic flavors.
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