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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Watergate Cake

This recipe is so '70s, it kills me. I used to make it a lot and it brings back good memories. I got this recipe from my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Thomas.  She must have brought it to a class party or something. Thank you, Mrs.  Thomas!

Why is it called Watergate Cake? I thought it might be because this recipe became popular during the Watergate hearings in the early '70s, or maybe because the shape of the cake is the same shape as the Watergate office complex.  But my friend informs me it is in reference to the Watergate Salad that is served at the Watergate Hotel. This is the cake version of that salad.

If you like pistachio and fluffy frosting, you will love this cake!

Watergate Cake

1 box white cake mix
1 (3-1/2 oz) box instant pistachio pudding mix
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup club soda
3 eggs

2 envelopes Dream Whip
1-1/2 cups cold milk
1 (3-1/2 oz) box instant pistachio pudding mix
chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour (or spray with PAM baking spray) a 10" tube pan.

In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients for 4 minutes. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for ~45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center come out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

For frosting, beat topping mix and milk at high speed until soft peaks form.  Add pudding mix and beat until incorporated.  Frost the cake, then sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Store the cake in the refrigerator.



  1. It's beautiful! Love that frosting! Thank you..and Mrs. Thomas too! MMMM!!

  2. This looks OH-so-70s &
    Can't wait to make!

  3. My mom used to make this cake and makes me think of here. Very pretty cake. Andi


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