Atomic Pudding

So chocolatey gooood!

This is a very special recipe, for one, it’s a vintage recipe, but it also has a great story behind it.

Why is it called “Atomic” pudding you ask?



Elizabeth Marguerite Compton, from a farm in Morell, P.E.I., made this recipe for the first time when she was pregnant.

As soon as she ate the pudding, she immediately went into labour! Giving birth to a friend of mine, James Johnstone!

Sounds pretty atomic to me.

No one knows where this specific recipe originated, but at least it found a purpose.


Elizabeth herself! James says she was famous for her baking, but look at that fierceness! Gorgeous!


The result of eating Atomic Pudding! Baby James!


So, first and foremost, the disclaimer: Due to purely superstitious reasons, if you are expecting, please eat this pudding with caution. Unless you’re trying to induce labour, then enjoy!


Atomic Pudding:

Preheat oven to 350°F


  • 1 Cup of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2/3 Cup white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ Cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla


  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Cups hot water


Sift together the first 5 ingredients, I got to use my fancy new sifter!



Stir in the next 3 ingredients and mix until smooth.



Place batter in a greased 8-9" dish. I used a 8" dish, but it had very deep sides. This does rise quite a bit, so keep that in mind.



Mix together last 4 ingredients!



Pour mix over casserole and bake for 45 minutes. This might seem super weird, but the liquid will sink to the bottom and the cake will bake on the top, leaving a super saucy/pudding like bottom.



Take out and allow to cool until warm. The sauce will thicken a bit as it cools. Don't worry if there are dark spots on the top, that's just cocoa powder sediment. Serve warm with ice cream!


Then take the leftovers to a bbq and have everyone eat it!


Thanks to James for an awesome recipe and story!

James is a “house historian” researching the history of houses/buildings in the community. He also has a vast knowledge of the history of Vancouver and the surrounding area.

Check out his website if you’d like to find out what happened in your character home, or if you’re looking for an interesting history related walking tour in Vancouver!








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