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Black Cake Adaptation (2023): Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Series

The highly anticipated Black Cake adaptation of this gripping and immersive story is making its way to the screen, bringing its captivating characters, rich world-building, and thrilling plotlines to life like never before. Capturing the hearts of readers with its intricate storytelling, compelling relationships, and thought-provoking themes- fans will have the chance to see the story’s twists and turns in a new visual format. This article will provide you with an in-depth look at the adaptation and offer a glimpse into the creative process behind bringing this beloved books to life on screen.
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This page was updated: 12/12/23

About The Book:

In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking tale Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their lineage and themselves.
Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor’s true history, and fulfill her final request to “share the black cake when the time is right”? Will their mother’s revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever? // Amazon // Audiobook

Current Production Status:

The limited series is fully released as of December 6th, 2023.

Black Cake Adaptation Timeline:

Hulu won the rights for adaptation in September 2021, before the book was released in February 2022.
Filming took place over the Summer of 2022.
In October 2023 the first trailer was released along with an announcement for a November 1st release date.

Where Can I Watch The Series?

The full mini-series is currently available to watch streaming on Hulu.


The show currently has a 100% tomatometer and 80% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 7.1/10 on IMDb.

Who Owns The Rights:

Hulu won the rights for adaptation and partnered with Harpo Films (Oprah Winfrey’s production company) for producing the series.

Who Is Attached:

Mia Isaac, Ahmed Elhaj, Chipo Chung, Glynn Turman, Adrienne Warren, Ashley Thomas, and Lashay Anderson are all signed on for prominent roles.

Filming Locations:

Filming for the series mostly occurred in Wales. Italy and Los Angeles, California were used for a few scenes and exterior shots.

Estimated Release:

The series premieres on November 1st, 2023.


Previous mentions on AiLL:

This project was featured in the 2023 Books To Screen Adaptations Masterlist!

Other Adaptations From This Author:

Black Cake was Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel so there are currently no other works of hers to be adapted.
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Black Cake Adaptation (2023): Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Series

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