Every hive must have a queen, and here at The Hive Cake Studio, owner and baker, Melissa VanderWyden is she!


Since opening her first brick and mortar here in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, Melissa has been whipping, baking, rolling, and frosting up a swarm...we mean storm. From fresh-baked daily chocolate chip cookies, to lavish custom cakes, The Hive serves it all.

It goes without saying that a visit to her bakery will satisfy your sweet tooth, but when you walk into her warm and bright, pastel blue and yellow bakery, it is a delight for your eyes as well. Melissa has always been a creative, majoring in interior design at The Ohio State University, but not until an internship at a local bakery did she realize she had real talent in baked goods.

"I've always wanted to be my own boss, and when I first got into baking, I knew there was only so much room to grow. I set the goal for myself to have my own shop by the time I was 30, and funny enough, I actually signed the lease for The Hive the day before I turned 31!"

In addition to her one-of-a-kind cake creations, Melissa serves up a variety of cupcakes, cookies and bars daily. Along side her 12 or so "case regulars," each week she features two new cupcake flavors, a la her current super popular S'mores cupcake and a Banana Cream 'cake.

You won't quite realize what all the buzz is about surrounding this young entrepreneur until you taste some of her made-from-scratch recipes, so fly into The Hive Cake Studio and say hello to the queen herself!