Come join us for an exclusive preview of the 2015 Jeans for Genes Gala Dinner Artworks. Painted by some of Australia’s leading artists and featuring signed celebrity jeans from Clint Eastwood, Cher, KISS, James Franco, Lawrence Fishburne, Stan Lee and Bette Midler to name a few. Be the first to view them before they go to auction at the Gala Dinner, held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney, 22 August 2015

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These incredible artworks will be on the road from Tuesday, 4 August so we sure to pop in to any of the below locatins to check them out:

Locations:

4-8 August – H’Art Matters Galley
517 Military Road
Mosman, NSW
10.00am – 8.00pm
All artwork on display

9 August – Stonewall Hotel
Cher Jeans on display – for a once off Turn back Time Party
175 Oxford Street, Sydney
8.00pm ‘til late

13-16 August – Castle Towers 
Wooden Floor area, Level 3, outside Customer Service and House of Fraser
6 -14 Castle Street
Castle Hill NSW 2154
Australia
13th 9.00am – 9.00pm
14-16th 9.00am to 5.00pm
All artwork on display

Celebrity Jeans and Artists on Display:

CLINT EASTWOOD by Garry Fleming
LIONEL RICHIE by Jingalu
CHER by Nafisa
BETTE MIDLER by Yvonne Sherring-Howard
LAWRENCE FISHBURNE by Kathrin Longhust
MIKE TYSON & EVANDER HOLYFIELD by Paul Dorin
PAUL STANLEY (KISS) by Alison Coulthurst
ROBERT DUVAL by Max Mannix
WILLIAM SHATNER & CHRIS PINE by Elizabeth Barden
JAMES FRANCO by Billy Bob Coulthurst
STAN LEE by Craig Peihopa
KARDASHIANS by Robyn Ross

Plus, don’t forget….

Gala Dinner – Saturday 22 August
Hilton Hotel Sydney
488 George Street, Sydney
Purchase tickets here. 

If you’re hosting a bake sale for this year for Jeans for Genes 2015 but are in need of some culinary inspiration, check out our selection of our favourite ‘blue bakes’ below!

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MINI ‘BLUE-VELVET’ CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS (makes roughly 48 mini cupcakes)
Cake:
• 2½ cups sifted cake flour
• 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1½ cups sugar
• ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 2 ounces blue food coloring or color of choice*
• 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
• 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
• ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
• 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
You’ll also need….
• Silver foil mini-cupcake paper liners or paper liners of choice
• Pastry bag fitted with round or decorative tip
• Silver sanding sugar sprinkles, optional

Blue CupcakesMETHOD
1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350. F. Prepare four mini-cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs one at a time. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla. Using a Tablespoon or small cookie scoop, distribute batter among all mini-cupcake cups. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
2. For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter. Beat in confectioners’ sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
3. To assemble: Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a round or decorative tip, with the frosting. Pipe about two Tablespoons’ worth of frosting onto each mini-cupcake. Top with silver sanding sugar sprinkles or other decoration if desired.
*Note: Depending on the darkness of your cocoa powder and the kind of food coloring you use, you may need more or less than the 2 ounces I’ve indicated here to achieve a rich, blue color.

Original recipe can be found here.

 

A nice easy one to get the kids involved with too…

DIPPED MARSHMALLOW STICKS

INGREDIENTS
• 100g white chocolate
• 1 pot of edible blue sprinkles
• 1 bag marshmallows (about 200g)
• 1 pack of lollipop sticks

 

Blue Marshmallows

METHOD
1. Heat the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water on a low setting either in the microwave or on the stove. Allow to cool a little.
2. Pour out your sprinkles on to a plate.
3. Push the lollipop stick in to the marshmallow (around half way). Dip in to the melted chocolate, allow the excess to drip off & then sip in to the sprinkles and place in a tall glass until set.

 

BLUE VELVET & WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIES 

INGREDIENTS
• 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 and 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1 and 1/2 tsp cornstarch
• 3/4 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
• 6 tbsp vegetable shortening
• 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 large egg yolk
• 1 and 1/2 tsp white vinegar
• 1 and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Blue food coloring (preferably gel)
• White chocolate chips

Blue-Velvet-White-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies3-620x413METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking sheets with silicone baking mats; set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar for 5 minutes. Add in the egg, egg yolk, vinegar, and vanilla and mix for 3-5 more minutes until smooth and creamy. Add in the food coloring, a tiny bit at a time, until your desired hue is reached.
4. Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined.
5. Using a 1 and 1/2 tbsp cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto prepared baking sheets a couple inches apart. Press 8 white chocolates chips into each dough ball.
6. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheets before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Original recipe can be found here.

 

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