Hulu’s adaptation of Charmaine Wilkerson’s heart-breaking family drama Black Cake is currently filming scenes in Bridgwater, Somerset with Kings Square and Castle Street dressed to look like scenes in London. The stunning Georgian architecture of the area lending itself perfectly to the scenes at a fraction (probably £100s of thousands if not more) of the cost than shutting down a similar street in the capital.
Black Cake is a murder mystery with surrounding family drama with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting that spans decades with the story taking place in Jamaica, Southern California, Scotland, Rome and England.
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, Eleanor Bennett loses her battle with cancer. She leaves 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.
But what IS Black Cake?...
...and how does it tie into this story? You'll have to read the book or wait for the series adaptation because we don't know apart from a widow passes away leaving the family recipe for Black Cake - a rum-soaked festive fruit cake (you had me at rum) which is popular in the Caribbean at Christmas. Every family has its own recipe which is usually handed down for generations with each family claiming their recipe is the best. Here’s Shivi Ramoutar's boozy Caribbean-style Christmas cake.