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posted: 07/11/18

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This Watergate Cake combines all of your favorite Watergate Salad Recipe ingredients and turns it into a super easy to make cake! Yellow cake, pistachio pudding, pineapple, and walnuts come together to make a fabulous cake! Your family will love this super easy poke cake recipe.

watergate cake recipe on a plate topped with walnuts and a cherry

I wrote a post the other day on Instagram about how the other evening I was putting Piper to bed and yawned when I was singing her goodnight song.

She looked at me and said, “Are you tired from yelling at us all day?”

#WinningMomMoment

Siiiiiiiiiiigh.

That kid you guys. Everyone always loves to tell me how cute she is. But she has more spunk in one little pinky finger than the rest of the family does combined. She is sweet as honey one minute and then giving us a run for our money the next.

I’m totally open to advice from anyone else raising a spunky monkey.

But in the meantime, let’s talk about this Watergate Cake recipe instead, kay?

watergate cake with pineapple in a 9 by 13 inch pan

HOW DO YOU MAKE A WATERGATE CAKE?

I used a cake mix for this guy, but you could totally use your favorite yellow cake recipe to make this a watergate cake from scratch.

  1. Grab your favorite yellow cake box mix, and add some pistachio pudding to it (just the dry mix). Mix it up according to the instructions.
  2. When it comes out of the oven, poke holes in the top and add crushed pineapple.
  3. Let it cool completely and then top it with cool whip and walnuts. So easy, right??

overhead view of watergate poke cake recipe

OTHER GREAT POKE CAKE RECIPES

I love making poke cakes, which is what this Watergate Cake with pineapple technically is. They are easy to throw together and there are so many different flavor combinations that you can do.

Tell me what your favorite poke cake recipe is!

A piece of Watergate Cake topped with white frosting, cherries, and walnuts.

5 from 3 votes

Watergate Cake

Serves: 18 pieces
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
This Watergate Cake combines all of your favorite Watergate Salad Recipe ingredients and turns it into a super easy to make cake!  Yellow cake, pistachio pudding, pineapple, and walnuts come together to make a fabulous cake! Your family will love this super easy poke cake recipe.  

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients the recipe calls for)
  • 3.4 ounce box pistachio pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple undrained
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Combine the dry cake mix with the pistachio pudding mix (just the dry pudding mix). Then add the rest ingredients the cake mix calls for and bake according to package instructions.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in the top of the hot cake, and pour the crushed pineapple over it, making sure to get pineapple in each hole.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Top with cool whip and walnuts, serve, and enjoy!
Calories: 514kcal (26%) Carbohydrates: 68g (23%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 25g (38%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 101mg (34%) Sodium: 622mg (27%) Potassium: 49mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 38g (42%) Vitamin A: 50IU (1%) Vitamin C: 20.6mg (25%) Calcium: 160mg (16%) Iron: 1.8mg (10%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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Other great poke cakes you are sure to love!

Baileys Poke Cake

Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Root Beer Float Poke Cake

watergate cake recipe on a plate topped with walnuts and a cherry

watergate cake recipe on a plate topped with walnuts and a cherry

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Susan says

    5 stars
    My 10 yr. old granddaughter and I made this cake today!!!
    Very good!! And easy!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that Susan! Thank you!

  2. Angie Eppihimer says

    I want to try this, but i need to know …dou you also pour the juice of the pineapple that comes in the can on top of tne cake also

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope!

  3. Amelia Letcher says

    5 stars
    I love this blog!

  4. Erika Ann says

    5 stars
    This look so good and easy to try! Perfect for a beginner like me. Been looking for new recipes other than the old chocolate cake haha! Thanks for this!

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