Easy Watergate Cake

Easy Watergate Cake

My favorite thing about working with a large group of ladies, is of course the conversation.  On any given day in our tidy,  creative little yarn shop, the conversations can range from politics, to pop culture to parenting, all with in 5 minutes.  We solve all the worlds problems, laugh, and we talk about food…… we talk about food a lot.  What we are cooking, where we are dining out, recipes our friends have made, and all the gorgeous recipes on Pinterest, (check out what I’m pinning, by clicking here).

A couple of weeks ago my lovely friend Marvis commented that she couldn’t find a recipe for a Watergate Salad Cake.  Watergate Salad, that delicious fluffy, fruity, ‘green stuff” is a huge family favorite.  Pineapple, pistachio, marshmallows and Coolwhip, that’s my kids idea of a salad for sure!   But I’d never heard of a Watergate cake?  We talked over some possibilities and that night I put together the first one, and the taste testing began!  3 cakes later, an Easy Watergate Cake was born!


It starts with only 5 ingredients, all of which are usually in my pantry.


First mix the Angel Food dry mix with 1 can of the crushed pineapple, and bake it in a 9×12 pan.  You may recognise this part as an old Weight Watchers recipe, it is yummy without any toppings, and delicious with them!



After the cake is baked, but while it’s still hot, poke the entire surface with the handle of a spoon making big holes.  Next mix another can of pineapple with a box of pistachio pudding mix, and pour this mixture all over the hot cake, pressing the pineapple into the holes.


Cover and chill the cake, then top with a tub of Coolwhip and chopped pecans.


Easy refreshing and delicious, it’s a new family favorite!  I hope it will be for your family too!

Click here, Watergate Recipe Card, for a printer friendly recipe card!




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7 Responses

  1. Maria Sharpe
    Maria Sharpe June 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm | | Reply

    This was so tasty! Happy to taste test your recipes anytime. Pinning for sure!

  2. Jayne H.
    Jayne H. June 6, 2014 at 12:30 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy!

  3. Peggy
    Peggy June 6, 2014 at 7:52 am | | Reply

    Great refreshing summer dessert… Trust me it’s delicious !!!!

  4. Anne
    Anne June 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm | | Reply

    Made the watergate cake today for a church dinner tonight……..it was a real hit ! Thanks so much for taking so much time to perfect the recipe !!! It is now one of my go to selections for summer…..or any time for that matter. Anne

  5. Amy
    Amy June 18, 2014 at 7:51 am | | Reply

    I remember making it years ago–it was called “Watergate Cake with Coverup Frosting.” Someone must have taken the crushed pineapple out of the recipe before I got it, or maybe it was added later (or another version perhaps). The pistachio pudding was added to both the cake and the frosting (two boxes) and it called for basic white cake mix, (perhaps before they started adding pudding to cake mix). 🙂

  6. Julie
    Julie July 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm | | Reply

    I made this for my husbands birthday July 1st and we loved it. I used slivered almonds instead of pecans. I didn’t buy pecans because I knew I had some in the pantry, but when I started looking for them, my husband confessed that he snacked on them and ate them all. The almonds were good though.

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