The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s adventures in Middlesbrough!

If there’s one thing the Love Middlesbrough Lasses love (other than food), it’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar! (We’ve been really subtle about it, haven’t we?)  So when we were asked by Middlesbrough Theatre to make a video promoting the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s theatre show, we were absolutely on board!

The brief was to film the Very Hungry Caterpillar in different famous places in Middlesbrough and make a video of it, so off we went (with not one but two caterpillars!) on a trip around the town.  The video will be appearing on your screens very soon, but we thought you’d love to see some of our behind the scenes pics.

We started off at the Transporter Bridge, because there’s nowhere more iconic!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying the Tees Transporter Bridge

Meanwhile, the baby Caterpillar who’s scared of heights visited Transporter Park, and then they met the dinosaurs at Teesaurus Park.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Transporter Park The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Teesaurus Park

There was a lot of climbing around, especially on the Bottle of Notes…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying the Bottle of Notes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar(s) enjoying the Bottle of Notes

We also stopped for a snack break in Stewart Park, for very good ice cream!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying ice cream

It’s a hard life going on adventures, so we had to give the Caterpillar lots of time to rest.  You know what they say – never work with animals!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying the Tees Transporter Bridge The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Stewart Park

As well as getting to explore loads of fantastic places like the top of the Transporter Bridge, the Dorman Museum, and getting fed ice cream, the Caterpillar also got into some trouble, like getting stuck down a chair at Middlesbrough Theatre…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Middlesbrough Theatre

…and climbing into the Albert Park cannon!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Albert Park

And of course, because it wouldn’t be Love Middlesbrough without cake, we took our two hungry caterpillars (and hungry Lasses) for some amazing cakes made by the fabulous Songbird Bakery!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Songbird Bakery cakes

And the Caterpillar(s) didn’t get around by themselves – there was also heaps of work done by the Love Middlesbrough Lasses (and honorary Love Middlesbrough Lass, Matt!)

Love Middlesbrough Lasses (and Lad) Love Middlesbrough Lass (and Lad) 

In case you missed it the first time we put the link in, you can book your tickets for the Very Hungry Caterpillar show via Middlesbrough Theatre.

Love Middlesbrough Lasses bake!

Last weekend your Love Middlesbrough Lasses whipped out their aprons and made a (dare we say) delicious cake. Honestly, we don’t know what was more fun, baking the cake or eating it. You may have seen on our Instagram that we baked, and the result of that baking *Easter chicks alert*

To make your very own Love Middlesbrough Easter cake here’s the recipe.

Ingredients
Cake:
300g Butter
300g Sugar
6 eggs
250g flour
50g cocoa powder
100g melted milk chocolate
1 tsp orange flavouring
½ tsp red food colouring

Buttercream:
100g butter
175g icing sugar
25g cocoa powder

Topping:
100g White Chocolate
Yellow Food colouring
Your favourite sweets (we love mini eggs)
Writing icing (sometimes called piping icing)

Equipment:
Large Bowl
Electric mixer
Scales
8” round tin
Love Mbro Heart Stencil

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 3, 160⁰C/150⁰C fan assisted. Grease tin or line with baking paper.
  • Beat butter and sugar together in large bowl until creamy and light.
  • Beat in eggs
  • Mix in the flour and cocoa powder in sections to avoid mess
  • Add milk chocolate, orange flavouring and red food colouring. Add more food colouring if necessary.
  • Pour into the tin and bake for 1hr 15 minutes or until spongey (it should spring back when you touch it)

  • Cool the cake on a tray while you mix the buttercream
  • Mix the butter and icing sugar together and add in the cocoa powder, you can colour this too if you would like. If it seems dry then add a splash of milk.
  • When your cake is cool, use your heart stencil to cut out your heart out, use a sharp knife and be careful. Cut the cake in half through the centre (horizontally) and separate the two pieces. We used two shallow tins so didn’t have to cut the cake in half.
  • Spread the buttercream over one side of the cake evenly (use a spatula if you have one, if not a butter knife will do) then put the cake back together.
  • Melt the white chocolate carefully (it burns easily) using 15-30 second bursts in the microwave or over a pot of hot water. Mix in the food colouring until it reaches your favourite shade of yellow
  • Spread the chocolate evenly over the cake, spreading it across the sides.
  • Go wild with decoration using your favourite sweets and chocolate. Use the writing icing to pipe your own message onto the top of the cake (make sure the chocolate is set before doing this)
  • Enjoy your creation, it won’t last more than a day if you’re anything like us.

You don’t have to do a heart of course, we just thought it was very appropriate, you could do any shape you wanted…

What did we do with our off-cuts? We made truffles!
We crumbled the cake up and added it to our spare buttercream until it was pretty dense, but still mouldable. We then rolled them into balls and covered them in a mix of icing sugar and cocoa powder. It’s all very haphazard, but they taste nice no matter how you do them. We recommend you leave them in the fridge if you’re not eating them all straight away. If you put them on a lolly-pop stick and cover them in chocolate then you have cake pops, unfortunately we didn’t have lolly-pop sticks.

What we want you to do now is go to the supermarket, buy your ingredients, then go home, get in the kitchen and bake! Once you’ve made your creation, take a photo and upload it to Instagram and tag us @lovembro so we can *drool* over your tasty creations!

Love Middlesbrough Lasses
xx