We challenged you to share your baking creations with us on World Braille Day, 4 January, and you did not disappoint.

After our judges deliberated, we have a winner and a first place runner up.

Zach with his chocolate slice with M&Ms spelling ‘braille is fun’Winner: Zach Graham, 8, New Plymouth.

Zach baked a chocolate slice and using M&Ms, he spelt out ‘braille is fun’ in contracted braille – we couldn’t agree with you more Zach!

He is learning braille at school with his teacher Trish Barnett from BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ). They play braille games together as well as reading and memorising the letters, contractions and word signs.

“I need to learn braille as my vision isn’t good enough to read printed books. I’m learning braille so that when I’m older and studying and have to read lots, I can do it even when my eyes aren’t working as good as usual,” says Zach.

Congratulations Zach!

Cake and cupcakes with white icing and braille.First place runner up: Susan Williams, 28, Wellington.

Susan baked a cake and cupcakes – she used a braille slate and stylus to poke holes in the white icing so that the braille showed up in brown dots in the actual size of real braille. She then chose important words (in bold below) and wrote them in mini M&Ms.

The braille on her cake reads:

There once was a blind man named Braille;
Who found raised letters a fail.
He invented six dots,
Those magical spots,
Mean reading blind people prevail.

The braille on her cupcakes reads:

Happy World Braille Day.

Well done to both Zach and Susan and because we loved their entries so much, they have both been awarded a personalised braille experience from Blind Low Vision NZ.

If you’re a client of Blind Low Vision NZ and would like to learn braille, get in touch by calling 0800 24 33 33 or email info@blindlowvision.org.nz.