Tina’s Baking Co.: treats and memories

Valentina Perlaska, right, gets help from her daughter, Christine, at Tina’s Baking Co. PHOTO/LAUREL KRAUS

Looking for a place to have great food and a good time? OU News Bureau reporters have visited some distinctive eateries in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties to learn more about what these places have to offer. Reporter Laurel Kraus visited Tina’s Baking Co. in Fraser and spoke with owner Valentina Perlaska.

Tell me about the history of this place.
This was a Metro PCS and they moved one building over and then this was an empty place. My husband owns the restaurant, Vik’s Diner, right at the end of the plaza, and me and him cook and bake, and I did all of the desserts and sweets in there. So my husband believed in me and developed all this stuff for me and I got to pick and choose whatever I wanted. It’s a big upgrade from the dessert amount that I was doing for the restaurant to now everything for this store, and I obviously still do for the restaurant.

Describe what it offers patrons.
I do like to give them that sweet little treat and also the memory. I know when I was younger, I would go and have an ice cream with my dad every day after school at his place that he worked at, and after I started putting things together in here, it was actually like a ’50s kind of diner. I didn’t even know that that’s what I was going with, but that’s kind of what the color and the scheme that I happened because as a child that was really important to me. It just stuck in my head. I feel like nowadays we’re so rushed in life that you should take five minutes out of your life and come bring your kid in and get a cupcake, a cookie, scoop of ice cream, and they just will remember that forever.

Why would someone want to come here?
To try something different. Not only do I do all the basic things, but I try to do creative items. I do my own little mini-cakes, I try to have traditional things and then just stuff that I just come up with.

What do you do that’s different from other places like this?
A lot of the other places around here are Italian bakeries so they have all their Italian type of things. I do have that, too, like butter cookies, but I also do a lot of European things. I’m Albanian, so I have those roots and my mother-in-law makes some treats from Europe that are things that you’ll probably never try here because in Europe they have a different pallet. So their desserts are not as sweet, they’re more subtle. I’m just trying to get a little bit of everybody’s vibe and just kind of do my own thing.

The bakery offers such treats as cookies, cakes and ice cream PHOTO/LAUREL KRAUS

What’s the one thing everyone should order here?
I do love cookies. Cookies, I would say, but then cake. I make my own cake fresh every day. I sell a lot to restaurants, so I’m constantly making cakes. Somebody will call me in the morning saying, ‘Do you have a cake?’ and I always have a cake. Always. If you just try a cake, a fresh one, it’s awesome. You go to other places and a lot of the places don’t make their own cake. I didn’t even know that. They can come frozen, and it’s mind blowing. So I make my own cake. I make buttercreams and the creams and all that stuff. It’s a lot of work, but I love it and I feel like you can taste it in the product.

How many people work here?
I have a handful. I have a couple of part-time help and my mother-in-law helps, and then I have my daughter in training. Maybe, eventually, she’ll take over.

What does the future hold for this place?
I want to be able to expand a little bit. It doesn’t have to be enormous because I think I would lose that personal touch but just that everyone would kind of know my name. Just a little bit. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing because it’s a little scary, but if somebody would say, ‘Did you get a cake from Tina’s? I can tell,’ that’d be awesome.

Tina’s Baking Co. is at 16060 15 Mile Road, Fraser, Michigan. 48026. (586) 585-9665


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