One Year Blogiversary & Giveaway


Happy Birthday to me! The Baking Explorer is one year old today!



One year ago when series three of The Great British Bake Off started, I decided to challenge myself to bake something every week that the contestants made, and began my blog to record my efforts. I never imagined it would grow as much as it has, and continues to do so every day. 12 months later and GBBO is back on our screens! I’ll be continuing the challenge this year, watch out for my next post! This blog has lead me to so many amazing and tasty places. I’ve massively expanded my baking skills and knowledge, met some of my GBBO heroes, met fellow bloggers with the same passion for baking as me, and been welcomed into the food blogging community. Plus getting the chance to review baking products and events doesn’t suck either!

My GBBO baking – collage created with Pixlr Express

In order to celebrate my year of successful exploration into the world of baking, I’ve gathered some fantastic, gorgeous and delicious prizes that you can win! I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me, given me advice, eaten my bakes, commented, followed, read my ramblings, and drooled over my photos…long may it continue. This is my way to say thank you and offer you something in return for all your support – although sadly there can only be one winner! Good luck!

The Prizes


12 (collection only) or 6 (UK postage) delicious brownies in a variety of flavours from Lush Brownies.

3 pots of infused sugar from Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range – Cinnamon, Vanilla & Lavender. Check out a review of the sugars by clicking here and see some delicious recipes to use them in!

Sainsbury’s Ready Rolled icing in 5 colours (Green, Red, Blue, Yellow & Pink) and a box of White Flower & Modelling Paste


(Photo is an example of what you will get)

Goodie bag from Baker & Maker filled with baking cases, cupcake wrappers and cookie cutters.

Gorgeous Gillian Kyle tea towel.

Image Source – Photo is an example of what you will get

Selection bag full of Whitworths Sugar’s fab range.

Want a chance to win? Enter using the widget below!



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  1. Congrats on your anniversary. Only just found the blog and have been enjoying looking at your deliciousl recipes whilst currently baking a batch of choc chip cookies for my kids. My favourite recipe of yours has to be the Banoffee Cupcakes. Definitely going to try those very soon πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Thanks Alana! Ooo choc chip cookies sounds great! Have you seen my recipe for Double Chocolate Cookies? My step-nephew loves them! Hope you and the kids enjoy the Banoffee Cupcakes too!

    1. I've never made that cake, but it does sound very good! So pleased that you like my blog πŸ™‚ good luck in the giveaway and hope you enjoy my recipes!

  2. Happy Blogiversary πŸ™‚ The Anzac biscuits caught my eye immediately, they look absolutely scrumptious.

  3. I am new but had a good nosey round. I think that the nutella filled cookies sound amazing and I am on a mission to try them myself. Happy blog-iversary!

  4. What with it being in the middle of the blackberry picking season and already having made some jam and have a demijohn of blackberry wine on the go…

    I'll go with the Blackberry, Coconut & Cinnamon Squares.

  5. Your lush brownies and cakes rafflecopter entry has no "like" button.
    So I typed that into the facebook search box and liked the page that came up.
    (if it's the right page…)

  6. I loved reading about your attempt at the custard tarts, I think they are my favourite thing you've baked – sometimes you forget how yummy the simpler things are – just pastry and custard but somehow together so much more! It's good to know that, with the full recipe, they dont have to be a disaster, they definitely inspired me to have a go myself.

  7. What a great giveaway for your bloggerversary πŸ™‚

    My favourite is the rose and raspberry cakes, I need to find violet flavouring too as I love those rose and violet sweets!

  8. Happy 1st Blogg Birthday.

    I really like the sound of your Spiced Banana, Choc Chip & Bourbon Loaf. I'll be having a go at this.

  9. Happy 1st Blogiversary. Only recently came across your blog, so hope that there will be many more years to come.

    My favourite? Well, the Chocolate & Raspberry Zebra Cake looks amazing. Haven't tried it though (dd has an egg allergy, so would need to attempt to adapt the recipe).
    Also really glad of the pretzels recipe, which I am definitely going to try and will just glaze with milk instead of egg.

  10. I'd Love to have your Lemon, Blueberry & Blackcurrant Swirl Loaf in the oven right now, the weather is miserable & it sounds like good comfort food to me!

    Happy Blogiversary πŸ™‚

  11. So much to choose from although melting chocolate fondants have to my family favourite πŸ™‚ D E L I C I O U S πŸ™‚

  12. Just discovered your site, it's amazing! I am challenging myself to make all kinds of different cakes and bakes this year, my 50th year!
    So many recipes to choose from but as mint chocolate is my favourite I will have to say Mint Chocolate Birthday Cake!

  13. Oh My so many to choose but your Over The Rainbow cake looked so Great,we just had to bake it twice,in Fact!A Big hit with all my Family and Friends.Thanks for all your lovely inspiration and Blogs!!X

  14. Happy Blogiversary Kat, you have baked so many delicious goodies it's hard to pick a favourite, I think I have to go for the recipe of yours that I have baked the most; which is your yummy chocolate fondants. The 1st batch I made 2 collapsed but ever since they turn out perfect everytime πŸ™‚

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