Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a cake my grandma use to make when I was younger. She would leave coconut off a portion of the cake for me. I don't know why they call it watergate cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray 2 layer cake pans or a tube pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix cake ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Pour into cake pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 - 60 min.
  6. Knife will come out clean when done.
  7. Meanwhile mix powdered sugar with just enough lemon lime soda to make a paste.
  8. Spread Glaze on cake while hot.
  9. Prepare frosting.
  10. add pudding mix dream whip& milk in a mixing bowl mix till peaks form.
  11. Frost cake when it has cooled.
  12. sprinkle with nuts& coconut if desired.
Most Helpful

We really loved this cake! I made it in a bundt pan and it was done in 45 minutes. I really wondered about the glaze and a frosting, but it works great. Everyone loved it! This one is a keeper! Thanks to Tarynne!

MizzNezz March 18, 2002

Mmmmmmmm.... this was a really good cake. I substituded applesauce for oil and 6 egg whites for 3 eggs. My husband and I really like everything but the frosting. I think next time I will use store bought coconut icing or plain white icing and sprinkle with coconut flakes. This would be a great St. Patrick's Day or Easter cake. Also... could be my oven, but I only needed to cook it for 45 minutes.

Robyn from the desert March 22, 2002

This recipe is also like my mothers. I omit the nuts and also found the 45 min. bake time was all that was necessary. I aded 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch to the whipped topping to give it more of an icing look with the coolwhip taste. Yummy!

secondhandfan November 21, 2007