A family drama wrapped in a murder mystery.
In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. Fifty years later in California, a widow named Eleanor Bennett, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children, Byron and Benny, a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America.
These stories, narrated by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origin. Based on The New York Times bestselling book by Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake blends food and family history. Wilkerson found inspiration in her own family recipes, specifically the one for black cake, a traditional Caribbean rum-soaked fruitcake.
The series stars Mia Isaac (Not Okay), Adrienne Warren (The Woman King), Chipo Chung (Sunshine), and Ashley Thomas (Them). Marissa Jo Cerar wrote the adaptation and serves as showrunner on the series. Black Cake was produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplans’ Kapital Entertainment. Watch Black Cake on Hulu.