Here is one of my Mom old recipes for a cake.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Watergate cake

This one was around in the mid 70's I think from my mom.

1 white cake mix

1 cup oil

3 eggs a cup club soda

1/2 c nuts

1 box pistachio instant pudding Beat all ingredients except nuts.  Fold in the nuts.  Bake in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish at 350 degree for 30 to 40 minutes.  

Cover-Up Frosting:

2 envelopes Dream Whip 

1 pkg. pistachio instant pudding

1 1/2 cup milk

Beat well and spread on cake.

Enjoy.

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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Will, for sharing this recipe.

Have an outstanding week.

May 17, 2020 09:22 AM #5
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Thanks Will Hamm . Tried and tested old family recipes are the best to eat, to share. Loaded with memory goodness.

May 17, 2020 09:40 AM #6
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Will Hamm
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Thanks Roy for checking this one out

 

May 17, 2020 09:44 AM #7
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Will Hamm
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Hello Andrew Mooers and thanks for checking it out.

 

May 17, 2020 09:45 AM #8
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Love anything with nuts especially pistachios, so this would be abig hit with me, but I am currently eating low carb, so it might have to wait a while for me to sample.

May 17, 2020 09:51 AM #9
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Will - granted, I don't know my way around a kitchen but dream whip in envelopes is a new "ingredient" to me.  I am planning to go to the grocery store today and I will see if it exists in the baking aisle.  

May 17, 2020 10:15 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Will,

Looks like you inspired many of your commenters to try this cake.  We are low carb most of the time, and if I am going to eat cake, I want to make something really chocolaty...LOL A

May 17, 2020 10:43 AM #11
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John Pusa
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Hello Will Hamm thanks for the delicious your mom's cake recipes.

May 17, 2020 11:09 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Will Hamm - that is certainly a very rich recipe but probably very good.

May 17, 2020 11:22 AM #13
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good afternoon Will Hamm ,

I don't remember this one but it sounds very good with lots of calories! I'm sure you remember this one and I'm sure it was a favorite!

May 17, 2020 01:34 PM #14
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This one looks very tasty.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

May 17, 2020 03:57 PM #15
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Hi Will- I remember the name of the cake but don't remember the particulars. It does sound good!

May 17, 2020 06:07 PM #16
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Hi Will,  Some of the best recipes have been around for a long time.  Your Mom's  Watergate Cake sounds delicious.

May 17, 2020 07:21 PM #17
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Brian England
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This sounds delicious!  Barbara Todaro would it be ok for me to make this and eat it for lunch?

May 18, 2020 06:56 AM #18
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Such an interesting name!  Post a pic for us if you make it!!  Kathy

May 18, 2020 04:13 PM #19
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Lise Howe
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I think I will have to try this too - seems like a perfect cake to make in Washington DC

May 19, 2020 06:39 AM #20
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Gastro Abscura has this to say about the Watergate Cake - I still think I will make it!

Most political scandals tell the same story: Peel back the sweet, innocuous surface and there’s nothing but a bunch of nuts beneath. The same could be said of Watergate cake, a cosmic-green dessert that allows you to indulge your sweet tooth along with your nostalgia for the break-in that brought down a president.

Watergate cake’s origins go back further than that fateful thwarted burglary on June 17, 1972. They begin with a “salad” that was really a pudding. As companies were pushing instant foods in the 1950s and ’60s, dishes like fruit salads got makeovers. When “pistachio salad” debuted, the only fruit inside was canned pineapple—mini marshmallows, chopped nuts, pistachio-flavored pudding, and Cool Whip made up the rest.

By the 1970s, housewives transformed the salad into cake with the addition of white cake mix, vegetable oil, and club soda. They also swapped out the pineapple and mini marshmallows for pecans (or sometimes walnuts) and sweetened, dried coconut flakes. They frosted their finished creations with pistachio pudding–laced Dream Whip.

Some time after President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, both dishes were renamed Watergate salad and Watergate cake. With a “cover-up” of green icing or pudding hiding a bunch of nuts, each treat offered a bright, sweet counterpoint to one of the most shocking periods of modern political history. It should be noted that many versions don’t actually hide the nuts very well, perhaps a nod to the fact that Nixon’s deeds were eventually discovered.

Nixon’s take? No word on the pistachio-based treats, but during his presidency, rumors flew that the 37th president loved ketchup on his cottage cheese. Suddenly, the Watergate desserts don’t seem so scandalous.

Need to Know

While you probably won't see Watergate cake in bakeries, you can make one at home with the help of an online recipe and the "instant food" aisle.

May 19, 2020 06:42 AM #21
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Gwen Banta
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You had me intrigued at "Watergate." It sounds delicious. Unfortunately, if I were to make one, I would be "breaking in" to it every 5 minutes! Have a happy Memorial Day, Will.

May 19, 2020 11:54 AM #22
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Gwen Banta
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Lise Howe, this is great info and certainly answers the burning question of "Why the name?" Thank you!

May 19, 2020 12:00 PM #23
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Hi Will Hamm, just had to print that recipe of your moms out.  Looks like something I can easily do and I love the ingredients.  Thank you, my friend.  So great of you to share.

May 20, 2020 04:19 PM #24
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