Custom Cakes BY ANGELA MATUA
Amy Stack, the owner of Pink Ca-nary
Desserts in Long Island City, can’t
remember a time in her life when she
“I've been baking since I was a little
kid because dad and grandmother and
dad were big on baking,” she said. “We
never had oreos. They made homemade
cookies. I don't remember not baking
or not having that smell in that house.”
Though her background is in art ad-ministration
and art therapy, a few years
ago she took a sabbatical and worked
with her sister who has 15 years of ex-perience
in baking and cake decorating.
The experience was enough to make
her switch careers.
Pink Canary Desserts, located at 13-
11 Jackson Ave., started as a cupcake
shop before Stack officially took over
and turned it into a custom cake shop.
She, along with two other employees,
make about 20 cakes a week.
Stack makes everything in house and
from scratch, which is not common for
cake shops. Customers bring her photos
for inspiration and Stack works on mak-ing
their visions a reality.
“It becomes more personal for people to
come in and smell stuff baking,” she said.
“They get to come in and sample stuff or
be a part of the start to finish process.”
Stack works on a range of products
from birthday cakes to sweets for MoMA
PS1’s fundraising events. Since her
background is in fine arts, she enjoys
creating sculptures and working on other
“I like a good challenge,” she said.
One of the more in-teresting
cake’s she has
worked on include replicat-ing
a model of an eye for an
In addition to custom
cakes, Pink Canary also
serves cookies, pies,
bars and can make cus-tom
dessert tables for all
events. The shop also has
a cafe where customers
can pick up coffee
or tea. Customers
can also rent out
the space for special
Avenue and that
the area has grown to
include more dessert and
ice cream shops.
“Jackson Avenue is changing in the
last three years and it's going to
change even more with all these
residential buildings going
in so it's nice to be a part
of a community,” she
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Photos by Amy Stack