Welcome to Vintage Baked Modern where I create all-natural bakes inspired from vintage recipes and apply modern methods, tools, and ingredients, yet preserve old-fashioned flavor.
Founder, Vintage Baked Modern LLC
Food Blogger & Recipe Developer
Professional Baker: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Keto baked goods
Hey, thanks visiting my page. My name is Apryl (spelled with a “y”) and I’m a life-long baker, cookbook collector, recipe developer, food entrepreneur, and professional baker of specialty diet foods. My Nan always said I was born with an “old soul,” as I have always been drawn to “all things” vintage. I love to read recipes in old cookbooks, look at food ads in vintage magazines, and collect retro kitchen baking tools, antique cake stands, dishes and glass pitchers.
I created Vintage Baked Modern™ to teach today’s bakers how to take vintage recipes and convert them applying modern methods, tools, and ingredients, yet preserving old-fashioned flavor.
I will show you how to:
- Take that favorite family recipe and swap out ingredients (like oleo) for a modern substitute of butter.
- Give you tips on how to customize a recipe to meet your dietary restrictions, such as making it wholesome, gluten-free, or vegan.
- Show you how to take a unique, lost vintage recipe and break down the steps using modern tricks, tools or decorating skills to make it easier.
How it started:
In 2012, I left my 20+ year career of event planner and fundraiser. Fueled with an entrepreneurial spirit combined with my passion for living a healthy lifestyle, I created my first business, Harvest Circle Workshop. I developed all-natural innovative snacks, Harvest Superfood Balls and Harvest Superfood Granola, sold throughout the Midwest at Whole Foods Market, cafes, and hospitality groups. All of products started from vintage family recipes and converted into healthier versions. I established Vintage Baked Modern in 2019, where I created a line of specialty diet (gluten-free, vegan, and keto) retail baking mixes and baked goods, now made exclusively for Parkhurst Dining, a corporate hospitality company within Valparaiso University.
I’ve always had an intuition for baking, it passed down from my great-grandmother in West Virginia. She was part of both the Ladies Aid Society and the 4-H, and she would volunteer to go into other women’s homes to teach them skills such as baking, cooking, preserving food, etc. I’ve been baking since I was a child in my Nan’s kitchen. I remember the sights, the smells, and watching her turn a simple ingredient such as flour, into the most delicious, comforting baked good. Most of the baking together was centered around making our favorite holiday foods or after picking fresh vegetables from our garden or fruit from an orchard. Over the years, I picked up many techniques and skills simply watching my Nan and mother in their kitchens, and assumed everyone knew how to bake like we did – from scratch! In retrospect, I now understand that this trait was in my blood and to lean in to this natural gift.
Throughout my childhood, we were raised on food trends following the hippie era of the late ’70’s and into the early 80’s. At that time, the trend was to eat natural, healthy, whole-grain, refined-sugar free foods. My mom was involved in a local food co-op and a La Leche group where she learned how to use healthy ingredients and swap recipes. We had well-balanced meals, healthy snacks, low or refined-free sugar baked goods, and homemade bread. Our so called “treats” had carob, tricking us to think it was chocolate! My grandparents and parents always gardened, so there was always delicious canned and preserved foods as well. Meals were all from scratch, as going out to eat was saved for special occasions.
Embracing these all-natural lifestyle principals has always been a way of life for me, my businesses, and in raising my own family. All Vintage Baked Modern recipes are original and created using all-natural, whole, real-food ingredients.
I’m always up for a test recipe challenge, so reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask “how do I swap out an ingredient from my grandma’s recipe?” or “how can I re-create a cool retro recipe?”
Interested in working with me? I’m happy to partner with brands looking for a recipe developer like me who makes all-natural baked goods that capture old-fashioned flavor.
Try our #1 most popular recipe: Old Fashioned Banana Cake: