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Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson is a wonderful story that spans the decades and gives a little insight into life of Caribbean people and those of mixed race.

Book Cover Black Cake a pink, green and orange cover with a realistic spoon.
12 hours and 2 minutes
Charmaine Wilkerson
Lynnette FreemanSimone McIntyre
Whispersync for Voice
Audible.co.uk Release Date
03 February 2022
Penguin Audio
Program Type

The Blurb

Crossing continents and juggling lives, Black Cake is a powerful story of love and loss, kinship and separation, heartache and hope, spanning 60 years in the life of one family.

Eleanor Bennett won’t let her own death get in the way of the truth. So when her estranged children – Byron and Benny – reunite for her funeral in California, they discover a puzzling inheritance.

First, a voice recording in which everything Byron and Benny ever knew about their family is upended. Their mother narrates a tumultuous story about a headstrong young woman who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder, a story that cuts right to the heart of the rift that’s separated Byron and Benny.

Second, a traditional Caribbean black cake made from a family recipe with a long history that Eleanor hopes will heal the wounds of the past.

Can Byron and Benny fulfil their mother’s final request to ‘share the black cake when the time is right’? Will Eleanor’s revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever?

My Review of Black Cake

I truly enjoyed this story. I loved all of the characters and each one jumped out with description. Not so much a mystery but there was a murder and it seemed that we know who the murderer was even though the wrong person was accused. The story is told mostly by Eleanor Bennet in her recording left for her children to be shared along with the traditional black cake she made for them.

I love how the black cake is talked about throughout the book. I’m so tempted to find such a recipe as it sounds incredibly tasty.

The story reveals so many secrets that it leaves the adult children, Benny and Byron, reeling. Especially when they find out they have a sister. Towards the end of the story I found it incredibly emotional.

I loved the narrators, they really brought the story to life.

It’s hard to believe that one person could have gone through so much in their lifetime but it’s all tied up together in the end and it was a really satisfying read.

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I listened to Black Cake on Audible but you can also buy from Amazon and other good book shops.

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10 thoughts on “Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson”

  1. This really does sound like a good read that you can immerse yourself in. The cover is super eye catching, so will definitely look out for it when going on a new book hunt!

    1. I do think the cover is what attracted me too, although I listened to it on Audible. I would like a physical copy of this book.

    1. I love fruit cake but we don’t have it often as I’m the only family member who does! It was a lovely story, such a life poor Covey had.

    1. I do think the Black Cake was more of a family recipe than a general Caribbean one. it didn’t seem to have a particular recipe involved other than what had been passed down within the family. You can find a Caribbean black cake recipe if you Google one, they seem to be a lot like our Christmas cakes, soaked in booze with lots of fruit.

  2. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this one reviewed by a few bloggers and I find it intriguing. Certainly not the genre I’d usually read though.

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