You wouldn’t eat a Cake called Lipstickgate!

We here at Mona Faye’s Kitchen rarely discuss politics. It is so gauche. Such conversations just might upset your digestion! Thus, we remain completely nonpartisan. We prefer to keep a sunny outlook all the while secretly hoping for the best for our candidate of choice, never entertaining a negative thought about his temper, his declining health, or his flashy trophy wife. Even though she couldn’t fix a platter of squirrel and dumplin’s if her country’s security depended on it, that’s for sure!

So just to remind our staff of our real purpose, we like to pull out a recipe every four years that points to what really matters in America. It’s not about scandals or elections. No, it’s about manufactured hydrogenated oils and powdered milk and artificial food dyes and processed flour that’s as white and pure as the freshly driven Alaskan snow! In sum, it’s about cake.

No one knows where this lovely green slice of heaven acquired its infamous name. We don’t like to think about it. On February 26, 1976, the Washington Post reported that it had become quite a craze — probably due to the pistachio shortage that year. A few weeks later a reader surmised that the name came from President Nixon’s love of the little green nuts that inspired the dessert. The recipe first appeared in that paper the previous November:

Watergate Cake
1 box white cake mix
1 box pistachio instant pudding
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup club soda
3 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix all ingredients well (4 to 4 minutes). Bake in 12-by-9-inch greased pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Topping for Cake
1 box pistachio instant pudding
1/4 cup cold milk
1 (9-ounce) box whipped topping mix
Nut meats and maraschino cherries

Beat milk into instant pudding mix. Prepare topping mix according to instructions on box. Fold into pudding mixture. Spread oncake and top with nuts and cherries.

So forget the debates and the polls. Ignore the pundits and those irritating phone calls. Just eat cake and insist that life was better back in 1971, when Watergate was just a lovely confection among friends.

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One Response to “You wouldn’t eat a Cake called Lipstickgate!”

  1. […] it first happened in 1972. And in 1976 while Mom and I were making our then-favorite dessert of Watergate Cake, I asked her, “Mom!!?! What are we going to serve President Ford when he comes to our house? […]