Strawberry Basil Shortbread Tart

Strawberry Basil Shortbread Tart | Cake Over Steak

In the name of full transparency, I need to be honest with you guys for a minute. When I was starting this blog, one of my hopes and goals for it was to eventually receive “review copies” of cookbooks (aka FREE) to talk about on here. Cookbooks are one of my favorite things in the whole world (have you seen my collection?), so the idea of someone sending me a copy of a cookbook I wanted in the first place to have me read it, cook from it, and eventually talk about it on here is a dream come true.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: August 2014

Things I'm Loving: August 2014 | Cake Over Steak

In the month of August I had a really fun bachelorette night/weekend, got married, and went on my honeymoon to France. You can’t really beat that. In case you were wondering, that’s why this place has been so silent for the past month. I’m excited for some blog posts that have been on the back burner and will hopefully be published here as soon as I can get my life at home back in order and get into the swing of things again. Although I had an amazing time in the Finger Lakes for my wedding and then in France for my honeymoon, it feels good to be back home – with my HUSBAND, working at a job I love, getting caught up on my podcast listening, blogging, and spending time in my kitchen once again. Expect some more in-depth blog posts in the future regarding our wedding and honeymoon. In the meantime, feel free to check out #robertandsarawedding and #corneliushoneymoon on Instagram to get filled in. I’ve included some snippets of our photo booth fun from the wedding below. Merci, au revoir!  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: July 2014

Things I'm Loving: July 2014 | Cake Over Steak

Soooo I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like July didn’t even exist? This past month was more about “X number of weeks until the wedding!” I’ve definitely had some trouble sleeping with all of this anticipation leading up to it (now with only about two weeks to go! Yikes!), and even had a few wedding nightmares, including one where I was my own bridesmaid. (???) In the dream I was of course trying to figure out how I would walk down the aisle while also being a bridesmaid. These are the things I worry about apparently. This time next month I will be a married woman and also someone who can say they’ve been to Paris. That’s crazy! Otherwise I guess things will be about the same, perhaps less crazy, but I’ll be wearing another ring on my left hand and perfecting my new signature. Honestly, I’m a little worried about that. How many times am I going to sign “Lenton” instead of “Cornelius?” I’m guessing it’s probably like writing the wrong year on a check but way more intense. Hopefully I make it through. But anyway, here are some fun things from this month:  [Read more...]

Blueberry Mojitos

Blueberry Mojitos | Cake Over Steak

I didn’t really expect to be putting this much time into the blog with only 3 weeks to go until my wedding, but when super fun Internet People like Emily of The Pig and Quill and Gina of So Let’s Hang Out put on a virtual summer potluck party, you put your blogging pants on. I’ve been wanting to share the recipe for this drink, and I thought it fit in pretty well with their theme. Do you know these ladies? I met them recently through Billy’s #PopsicleWeek, and I immediately developed blog-crushes on both of them. You should check them out!  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: June 2014

Things I'm Loving: June 2014 | Cake Over Steak

June was such an epic month that I couldn’t squeeze this post in before it ended. Lots of fantastic things happened, like bridal showers, my birthday, beach trips, a few awesome evenings in Philly with friends, Nutella Latte Popsicles for #popsicleweek, blogger meet-ups, and more – some of which I will go into more detail about below. July better bring it if it wants to keep up, that’s for sure.  [Read more...]

Nutella Latte Popsicles for #POPSICLEWEEK

Nutella Latte Popsicle for #POPSICLEWEEK

I probably should have titled this post “My Ode to The Fauxmartha.” I’m not sure if all of you are aware, but Melissa recently blew up the Internet with her salted Nutella-themed recipes, and I, for one, was smitten. I’ve made most of them: the salted Nutella buttercream for my friend’s bachelorette cake, the Nutella lattes, and then the salted Nutella syrup that I’ve used to make some homemade iced Nutella lattes, which brought me to this recipe. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Me (And a Print Giveaway!)

Chocolate Coffee Birthday Cake

As of today I am a quarter-century old. Honestly, that freaks me out a little bit. I’m starting to feel the weight of my impending mortality these days. Quarter-life crisis, anyone? Life just seems short. So many places to visit, so many things to eat, so many recipes to try … people to meet, loved ones to spend time with, TV shows to get engrossed in, books to read, magazines piling up on my nightstand, cookbooks not getting enough love on my bookshelf, blog posts to write, jokes to laugh about, runs and bike rides to go on … you get the picture. I will continue to do my best to fill my days with as much as possible, in what will hopefully end up being a life that I am proud of at age 87.  [Read more...]

Wedding Tips at Nuance and Bubbles

Wedding Tips at Nuance and Bubbles

Today I’m talking about something other than food (kinda)! Valerie from Nuance and Bubbles asked me to contribute some wedding planning tips to her lovely blog. I’m over there today talking about two of my favorite parts of the planning process (other than the dress): color palettes and …. you would never guess – cake. Yep. Be sure to check it out! (I also created this illustration for the post of my wedding and engagement rings.)

Prints of my illustrations are available in my Etsy shop.

A Weekend in Brooklyn

A Weekend in Brooklyn

Robert and I recently hung out in Brooklyn for the weekend, something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It was our first time in NYC together since late December 2012, so the visit was long overdue. As a Christmas/Anniversary gift to each other this past year, we actually promised ourselves a weekend trip to NYC at some point. Sadly it took us until May to get around to it – we kept turning to each other throughout the weekend saying, “Merry Christmas!” We were struggling with picking a weekend because of wedding planning and my best friend’s wedding and festivities, etc. Luckily we were kind of forced into going during a beautiful weekend in May because Robert’s friend asked him to photograph the premiere of a documentary she had produced and directed. (It was a really interesting film about how women are treated within the gaming industry. You can read more about it here.)  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: May 2014

Things I'm Loving: May 2014

These end-of-the-month posts have really been sneaking up on me lately. They’ve also turned into a really nice way to look back on the past month of my life and think about all that has happened, especially in this crazy time that I am going through right now. So here’s a little look into what’s been going on lately and what I’ve been loving:  [Read more...]