Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vintage Cakes: Watergate Cake with Impeachment Frosting

This is a white cake flavored with pistachio pudding and a pistachio marscapone frosting.  Before serving, caramel coated pistachios will be scattered across the top.

In true Watergate fashion, the layers slid while it was in the cake holder and I had to straighten it out when I unveiled it.  "A disaster, just like Watergate!" my friend Laurie exclaimed.  

In the Vintage Cakes book, the author revamps old recipes of cakes from years gone by.  She found the Watergate cake recipe as part of a marketing scheme to sell more Jello Pistachio Pudding Mix.  I probably should say that the book has you make the pistachio pudding, not buy Jello Pudding Mix.  I don't even know if you can get pistachio pudding mix anymore.  It sounds like old people food.

I chose this cake because I was born in the Watergate year of 1974 and figured I would not have much call for a pistachio-flavored cake.  Sadly, I did not get to taste this cake because a coworker threw away the bit I was planning on eating the next day.  I did hear it was quite good.


balyien said...

This is the one I tried and it was very good!

I'm pretty sure you can still buy pistachio pudding mix. I too consider it "old people" food. I never liked it much, although it worked with the cake.

While my brother was visiting this week, he kept wanting to go out for ice cream. At one of the places we visited, they had pistachio ice cream. That was a blast from the past! I'd forgotten there was ever such a thing.

Patricia said...

I just want to reiterate that I MADE the pistachio pudding. I had to make special trip to World Foods to buy their shelled pistachios and then shove everything through a medium (not fine) meshed sieve. It was a process.

I'm growing grumpier I didn't get to taste this cake. Harumph.

Sara K. said...

It looks amazing. Little Red Hen, I support your grumpiness. So frustrating after all of that work. I am not really a huge pistachio fan, but this looks so delightful!

Sara K. said...

Oh, yes. I also like the new look of the blog. You likely updated it ages ago...

Sara K. said...

The name is my favorite part!