Watergate Cupcakes

You’re going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

You're going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

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I have a confession. I had to give away half these Watergate Cupcakes to a friend because I had zero willpower when it came to these gorgeous treats.

While I normally love a rich, chocolate, fudgy cupcake topped with a buttercream frosting, these Watergate Cupcakes are the exact opposite. Which makes them irresistible. The soft pistachio pecan cupcake has the perfect crumb texture. And then I frosted these with a pistachio pudding and Cool Whip frosting, with MORE pecans and a sprinkle of coconut. Seriously, even my coconut hating kids loved these!

You're going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

There are so many theories about how the name “watergate” cake and salad came about. But my favorite is the one that says “Watergate cake topped with cover up frosting made with pistachio pudding and few nuts…just like Washington.”

Regardless of how it got it’s name, these cupcakes are amazing. Nutty, moist, packed with pecans, you’ll seriously fall in love. One difference though than your typical watergate salad is I didn’t use any pineapple in this recipe. I really wanted to the pistachio and pecans to take the front cover here! And the frosting, so light and fluffy, is perfect when you add a sprinkle of pecans and chewy coconut. Even toasted coconut would be fantastic on top if you prefer the texture of that instead! It’s the perfect summer cupcake!

You're going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

4th of July is right around the corner and I think showing up with a tray of these cupcakes is the best thing you can do! I think you’re going to LOVE this recipe!

You're going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

You're going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Watergate Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

You’re going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

Ingredients

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  • 1 box (18.25 oz) white cake mix
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (3 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup lemon lime soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Pecans, chopped

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 12 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (3 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup Fisher pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp shredded, sweetened coconut (optional)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with paper muffin liners. Set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl at medium speed, combine cake mix, oil, pudding mix, soda, and eggs. Beat for several minutes until light and fluffy. Fold in chopped pecans.
    3. Using a large metal scoop (about 1/4 cup) fill muffin liners about 2/3 full. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Remove and cool completely before adding frosting.
    4. For the frosting, combined pudding mix with 1 cup milk. Whisk until blended. Fold in thawed whipped topping. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or more (you can do this while cupcakes are baking and cooling).
    5. Use a large spoon (or a 2 TBSP metal cookie scoop) to dollop the frosting onto each cooled cupcake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and coconut. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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You're going to LOVE these Watergate Cupcakes! Extremely nutty and moist thanks to pistachio pudding and pecans. Topped with a sweet, light whipped frosting, which is perfect for summer!

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Aimee

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Posted on July 1, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. These look soooo good… Honestly, I have to stop looking at recipes for sweets just before the lunch break, makes me hungrier xD

  2. You said you had to give away half of the cupcakes… I’d have to give away all but one! They look amazing Aimee!! While the pistachio frosting sounds so dreamy, those pecans must really take the cupcakes over the top! (There’s a reason why they’re one of my mom’s and my favorite nuts… 😉 )

  3. Im feeling like I seriously missed out on something amazing here! I love the sound of these nutty little treats – seems like they would be so up my ally!

  4. I had no idea there’s such thing as Watergate cake. But, since I love pistachios, pecans and coconut I can totally see myself with zero will powder in front of these cupcakes, watergate named or not!

  5. These cupcakes are just perfect. I mean pistachio, pecan and coconut flavors in a CUPCAKE? I need that. Pinned!

  6. I am SO excited to see these! My dad always made us Watergate cake when he was alive. It was the best! These are just a smaller version. I will be making these very very soon! Thank you!!

  7. I am loving the pistachio in these cupcakes! I want one right now (and I would have absolutely NO willpower either 😉 )

  8. I’ve never heard of watergate cake before looks amazing and will definitely try. I also love to add pecans to my peach cobbler and walnuts in my apple cobbler so I would love to win. 

  9. I am so looking forward to making and bringing them to an event. They will stand out from the crowd!

  10. I look forward to trying these Watergate cupcakes. They look so delicious and will stand out from the crowd!

  11. I LOVE Watergate Salad!  These Watergate Cupcakes look very tasty, and I love cupcakes with a bit of crunch!  Fisher nuts are my go-to brand whenever I bake with nuts!

  12. Those look absolutely delicious. I would definitely make pineaple upside down cupcakes with pecans. Topped with whipped cream and cherries. My precious Nana, who passed in May- would absolutely love these!

  13. Have all the ingredients and will be making these as a surprise for Monday’s holiday. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  14. Oh my! If I win the first thing I am baking is a double batch of these cupcakes because I know I will. love them. Pistachio anything is my weakness! Yum!!

  15. I have been looking at Watergate cake recipes lately, and these are perfect! Definitely would try these first! Thanks!

  16. Whether I win or not , these Watergate Cupcakes are definitely first on my baking list … I love Watergate salad and these cupcakes look scrumptious.

  17. These cupcakes are so clever Aimee! I love anything that uses pistachio pudding and the pecans are the perfect touch! Have a great holiday weekend!

  18. Yup, I would have to get rid of those cupcakes too if they lived with me!  So many awesome flavors going on in one amazing little treat! 

  19. Watergate Cake has always been a favorite in our family since I was very young. I was actually going to make it for the holiday. Cupcakes are a great idea. Might just have to try them. 

  20. I have never heard of watergate cake or salad.  So I get a great recipe and a bit of an education!  My hubs is a huge pistachio fan so he will love these!

  21. You know that I’m a DC girl, right? I just drove by the Watergate yesterday! So you can imagine that I am totally making these for my next party. I can’t wait to explain the name! And I’ll give you all the credit. They’re totally beautiful!

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