2015 trend - Chalkboard Wedding cakes

The Artisan Cake Company

The Chalkboard style wedding cake is fast becoming a popular choice for brides after that unconventional style wedding or Vintage-rustic chic. 
No more is the chalk board just a point of signage, but edible now too!

A fun alternative to any formal style wedding cake, the chalkboard cake can look equally as beautiful with hand painted details made to look like white or coloured chalk. With the addition of flowers, berries, ribbons and any other rustic accents, the design is softened and given that romantic feel that a wedding cake should have.
Cotton &Crumbs

This cake created by Cotton & Crumbs shows how a single Chalkboard tier can provide an eye catching and  fun addition to an otherwise formal style wedding cake.

If all an all black style wedding cake is a little too wild, then maybe just adding a signage topper or small chalkboard plaque is enough to bring that rustic charm to life.

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5 Top Tips to Designing your Wedding cake

posted 29 Nov 2014, 04:55 by Lisa Sims   [ updated 17 Jan 2017, 11:29 ]

Designing your wedding cake can feel like a daunting task. It forms the centrepiece of your reception and is the crucial part to your ‘cutting of the cake’ photo! Through our experience, we've listed five top tips to help you find the perfect wedding cake for you.

1. Inspiration 

Start collecting images, not just of cakes but of elements that make up your wedding day style. Imagery of the type of wedding flowers you might like.  Save the date or wedding invitations, table centres and decorations. Images of your wedding dress and bridesmaid outfits as well as colour swatches are a great help! Share this information with your wedding cake designer and they will be able to work from this, with you, to create a fitting design.

Visit our gallery and be inspired!

1  2. Research your cake designer 

It’s very important to have trust in your cake designer but also to see the quality of their work. It’s important to see the finish they achieve on real orders.  Looking at a portfolio of recent work can give a much more accurate picture of the designer’s capabilities and eye for detail. 

When booking your cake designer allow for at least 3-6 months before your big day but for the popular summer months, dates can be booked a year in advance.


3. Try before you buy

Wedding cakes are expensive so make sure you are happy with how it tastes as well as its overall look. A good cake designer will be able to offer you a selection of samples at your consultation and tweak the flavours to your requirements.  Remember to choose the flavours you like and not what you think you should have or everyone else would want. You can have a different flavour per tier, so remember, you don’t just have to choose one!

4.Don’t get caught up in the details.

A good cake designer will be able to direct you on cake sizes, number of portions and the logistics of delivery and setting up at the venue. All you need to do is enjoy the experience and let them do the rest!

5. Budget

Be honest about your budget. Check out their price guide, ask them for a ball park cost or simply share with them your budget. With this knowledge your cake designer will be able to direct your design to meet your cost expectations and create a stunning cake for your special day!

Most of all enjoy the process and remember if you like it, then its right for you!

To book your consultation contact us and be inspired!

Happy planning! 

Autumn Wedding glamour

posted 29 Nov 2014, 04:47 by Lisa Sims   [ updated 29 Nov 2014, 04:59 ]

We met with Sarah & Christopher back in February 2014 to discuss their Autumn wedding cake design. They came with some ideas, visuals and burnt orange colour scheme and together we created their leaf inspired wedding cake.

We made the leaves in advance and hand painted them before finishing with a spray coat to give them a waxed and realistic look.

The cake consisted of three tiers and was a mixture of delicious Vanilla sponge with raspberry conserve & Swiss meringue buttercream and Lemon sponge with lemon centre and SMB, Yum!

We constructed the cake in the last few days leading up to the wedding and sent a photo to Sarah to show her the completed design. Obviously we were delighted that she loved it and we did too! 

The Wedding was held at Blackbrook House, Belper. All that was left was to  deliver their cake and  see how well it fitted into their Wedding style.

How wonderful it all looked! A fabulous array of autumn colours and natural materials. The cake was a wonderful compliment to a stunning setting and we thoroughly enjoyed creating for them! Thank you x 

Flowers by Lili Floral Art


Cake decorating workshop dates 2015

posted 14 Nov 2014, 06:37 by Lisa Sims   [ updated 17 Jan 2017, 11:29 ]

The Melbourne Cake Company advert to appear in Derby Telegraph and Burton Mail glossy magazine featuring a two page spread on Melbourne at Christmas. The perfect Christmas gift! out Nov 21st 2014


Paypal added to site

posted 1 Oct 2014, 05:44 by Lisa Sims

You can now buy our cake workshops online through Paypal! Great as a gift for someone special!

Gift Vouchers available

posted 1 Aug 2014, 08:03 by Lisa Sims

Our new look gift vouchers are now available for our cake decorating workshops.

Cupcake decorating workshops running in January!

posted 1 Aug 2014, 07:56 by Lisa Sims

The perfect Christmas gift! Gift vouchers are now available for our cake workshops. Cupcake decorating workshops start on January 18th 
10am -12.30, £30 plus take take home your beautifully decorated treats. 

Workshop dates released!

posted 7 Jun 2014, 03:40 by Lisa Sims   [ updated 7 Jun 2014, 03:41 ]

Oct 12th - Full day workshop- Learn how to create your own 2 tiered cake £99

Nov 2nd - 3 hour workshop - Learn how to professionally cover & present a special occasion cake £55

Planning a Vintage Tea party Wedding

posted 19 May 2014, 05:22 by Lisa Sims

Planning a Vintage Tea Party inspired Wedding for 2015? Take a look at our Victoria Sponge style Wedding cake, its perfect to dress up with fresh summer fruits or flowers for that special reception centrepiece. Contact us at for more information

New Wedding Cake collection to be displayed at Rococo Weddings

posted 2 Apr 2014, 08:33 by Lisa Sims   [ updated 2 Apr 2014, 08:35 ]

We are very excited to be working with Rococo Weddings to design a new collection of Wedding cakes which will reflect their most popular Bridesmaid and Bridal wear. 

New cake decorating course dates added

posted 29 Oct 2013, 12:50 by Lisa Sims

Our next single tier cake decorating course will be held on the 17th November 2013, contact us for further details.

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