About Us

Chocolate Velvet was started in 2004 by Phil and Leanne Lash, specializing in wedding and birthday cakes.   The goal was, and continues to be, a specialized bakery producing top of the line cakes all made from scratch (no pre mixes or packet mixes).
Within 6 months of starting we began wholesaling our cakes to cafes and restaurants, and developed a range of desserts.  We quickly earned a reputation for quality along with a commitment to ensure customer satisfaction.

We originally operated from a commercial kitchen situated on private property.  
Within 2 years we had well and truly outgrown these premises, and it took us over a year to find suitable premises to move to.  

In December 2007 we opened a purpose built bakery and retail shop.

Today we employ nine staff who create, bake, decorate, develop new products, help customers, answer queries and are passionate about what they do!

Along with our fantastic cakes, we also make truffles, slices, cheesecakes, muffins, and a wide range of “ready to go” food for our shop.

On the 13th June 2009 Phil had a serious motor bike accident that resulted in him having to change his focus away from working in the bakery producing products, to working on all the other aspects of running a business.  

We are continually looking for new products to develop and always strive to be the best at what we do.

We welcome your suggestions!  You can contact us on (03) 538 0515 or visit us at 435 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson.

-Phil & Leanne

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"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all involved in making my beautiful wedding cake.  My family and friends as well as ourselves were overwhelmed.  We were extremely pleased with your top service.  Thank  you for helping make my wedding day a memorable one, I will never forget it."

Mel & Jas