Monday, December 3, 2012

Watergate Cake

The recipe for this cake was passed around years ago when the national news was abuzz with talk of the Watergate Scandal.  I don't remember which of my friends gave me the recipe, but I remember that the cake got its name because the frosting was a "secret cover-up." This is not only a great cake, it is also a keepsake of a recipe with a political spin. If you have been cooking as many years as I have, you may also have some version of this recipe stashed away in your files.



Watergate Cake

1 package regular white cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans by spraying with Baker's Joy cooking spray or grease and flour the pans.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, and water. Mix ingredients together at low speed of an electric mixer until blended, then beat at medium speed for two minutes. Stir the pecans and coconut into the mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pans. 

Secret Cover-up (Icing)
1 (2.6 ounce) package Dream Whip (contains 2 envelopes)
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 cup coconut
1/4 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, combine contents of both envelopes of Dream Whip, the pudding mix, and milk. Blend ingredients at low speed of an electric mixer until combined, then beat at medium speed for about 4 minutes, or until soft peaks form. When cake has completely cooled, frost between the layers and on the top and sides. Sprinkle frosting with coconut and chopped pecans. Keep refrigerated.


This recipe uses a white cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, coconut, and chopped pecans along with eggs, oil, and water.


Use 8-inch round pans to bake 3 layers.


To make the "secret cover-up" beat 2 envelopes of Dream Whip with a box of instant vanilla pudding and 2 cups of milk.


This makes a creamy light frosting that will stand with soft peaks.


Wait until the cake has completely cooled before applying the frosting, then sprinkle with coconut and pecans.


I made this cake to celebrate my husband's birthday over the weekend. Watergate Cake is one of the cakes that has long been on his "most requested" list. Last year we celebrated his birthday with a 14-Karat Cake. Sure seems like those birthdays are coming around more frequently than they used to!


10 comments:

  1. This looks divine! I remember it from when my gram used to make it for me, but I haven't had it in years...wish we lived closer ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Sounds so good, Anita! However, believe it or not, I've never had the cake...I need to change that!! I do have a recipe for Watergate Salad that we love. Have you made that?

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  3. Anita, this looks delicious. I would love for you to link up to my Tasty Thursdays link party going on right now. Thanks, Nichi
    http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/12/tasty-thursdays-20.html

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  4. Such beautiful and delicious looking cake Anita :)

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  5. That is an intriguing name and a beautiful cake. I am so glad that you shared it as Mrs. Happy Homemaker. I'll be saving it for later!

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  6. Hi Anita,
    I just love your Watergate Cake, it looks like a cake that we will really enjoy. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Love this, can't wait to try it!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

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  8. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy you new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Where's the pistachio pudding? My recipe from the 70's included pistachio pudding.

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    1. Joan, that sounds like a delicious version! I believe the Watergate Salad of the 70's also had pistachio pudding. I need to dig that recipe out too!

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