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, I can bet you there will find at least one recipe for Watergate Cake.
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.
You may be familiar with this Watergate Salad recipe…seriously amazing!
Why this Recipe is the BEST
Every family has their version of a Watergate Cake recipe, and this is ours.
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.
Tips and Tricks
Dream Whip- you can swap it out and just use Cool whip combined with pudding mix and milk.
OR, make homemade whipped cream and add the pudding mix to that.
Coconut- Adding coconut to the cake adds so much moisture. But, some people don’t like it ON TOP of the cake. Try toasting the coconut for a sweet candy crunch instead.
Refrigerate- Keep this cake chilled for best results. You can also freeze this cake by wrapping individual slices in a plastic wrap, then sliding them into a freezer bag.