Watergate Cupcakes

Watergate Cupcakes are the cupcake version of the famous Watergate Salad made from pistachio pudding mix, pineapple, cool whip, and marshmallows and they are the perfect nostalgic treat.

Watergate Cupcakes flavored with pistachio pudding and pineapple. Topped with a marshmallow fluff frosting.

To make a cupcake version as close as possible to my Watergate Salad Recipe, I added a box of pistachio pudding mix and an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple to a vanilla cupcake batter. Most Watergate Cake or cupcake batters are made by doctoring a box of cake mix, but I was in the mood to make one from scratch.

Watergate Cupcakes flavored with pistachio pudding and pineapple. Topped with marshmallow fluff frosting.

The cupcake part is super moist with just a little texture contrast from the crushed pineapple. Both the flavor of the pistachio and pineapple are evident, but not overpowering. I put in about 6 drops of green food coloring to make sure the cupcakes were extra photogenic, but the pistachio pudding alone will give them a green hue.

Watergate Cupcakes flavored with pistachio pudding and pineapple. Topped with marshmallow fluff frosting.

Since Watergate Salad has marshmallows mixed in, I wanted to incorporate them somehow and I decidedΒ to use marshmallow fluff to make the frosting. Mixed with butter and confectioners’ sugar, it’s a light and sweet frosting with a velvety smooth texture.

Watergate Cupcakes flavored with pistachio pudding and pineapple. Topped with a marshmallow fluff frosting.

This wouldn’t have been a cupcake I would have enjoyed when I was younger. Nope. I was all about the chocolate then.

And the fact that I like them now is definitely a sign that I’m getting older. Like maybe not that many years away from being a grandma old.

And the thought of that makes me want to go back to eating nothing but chocolate.

Watergate Cupcakes

But seriously. A green cupcake covered in marshmallow fluff frosting. That’s super fun.

And only for the young at heart.Β  πŸ˜‰

Watergate Cupcakes flavored with pistachio pudding and pineapple. Topped with marshmallow fluff frosting.

Watergate Cupcakes flavored with pistachio pudding and pineapple. Topped with a marshmallow fluff frosting.
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Watergate Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Watergate Cupcakes are the cupcake version of the famous Watergate Salad made from pistachio pudding mix, pineapple, cool whip, and marshmallows and they are the perfect nostalgic treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 12
Calories: 469 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 box instant pistachio pudding 3.4-ounce
  • 1 can crushed pineapple 8-ounce
Frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
  4. Add eggs one at at time, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl.
  5. With mixer on low, add in remaining cupcake ingredients. Turn to medium-speed and beat for about 20 seconds, or until batter is an even consistency.
  6. Pour into prepared cupcake cups and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.
  7. To make frosting, use an electric mixer to beat butter and marshmallow fluff until smooth. Gradually add in confectioners' sugar. Mix in vanilla extract and milk.
  8. Spread frosting on cupcakes. This is easiest to do using a pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Sprinkle with pecans.
Nutrition Facts
Watergate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 469
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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27 thoughts on “Watergate Cupcakes

  1. Hi – my daughter would love these for her birthday but doesn’t like pineapple. Are there any adjustments or substitutions I have to make when I omit the pineapple?

    Thanks!

  2. Love these cupcakes and love watergate salad. Think I will, i know i will make these with a side shooter glass of the watergate salad for my next party. Its my first but not last visit to your site..Love it. Marie from canada

    1. The smaller jars, I think they are 7 ounces. And I really shouldn’t say Marshmallow Fluff because I used Kraft Marshmallow CrΓ¨me but they are pretty much the same thing. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Wow, the cupcakes look great but I have never heard of Watergate salad and have never seen pistachio pudding, Maybe it’s indigenous to the South, reminds me a little of ambrosia just because of the whipped cream or whipped topping. I will have to try this is sounds really good. I will have to look for that pudding.

  4. How unusual! I have never heard of anything like this before. Pistachio is also one of my all time favourite flavours too. I was just thinking to myself the other day that I rarely ever bake with marshmallows either because recipes for them aren’t that common place over here in England. Pinned! Thanks for sharing the amazing photos too πŸ™‚

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