Day 8 for the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Welcome Connie Mercer!

Welcome heART of Scrapbooking's Design Team Queen Connie Mercer!  I have to tell you she is amazing.  Check out her blog, Crafty Goodies, and you will see all types of crafting going on.  Working with Connie one thing I've learned is she loves her family.  I highly recommend that you take a few minutes and be inspired by this amazing woman. 

Welcome Connie Mercer!

Hi everyone!!

December is finally here and that means Darryl's Fruit Cake to me. I make these lovely's and enjoy them all year long. My family thinks I'm crazy ~ fruit cake is not their thing but with a cup of coffee, on a cold day, and a slice of this goodness it just doesn't get any better than that. I bake them in the small loaf pans ( 2 1/2 x 4 1/2) for 45 minute. When they are done and cooled wrap them in Saran Wrap and then foil and put them in the freezer and take them out one at a time. I'm convinced no weight gain will happen if you follow these instructions!

Darryl's Fruit Cake
1 lb. dates cut in thirds
1 lb. candied pineapples ( chopped)
1 lb. red and green cherries
1/2 C brandy ( cherry or apricot)
2 C flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 C sugar
3 Tbsp vanilla
2 lbs pecan halves

Mix fruits with brandy and let sit over night ( stir a few times) on kitchen cabinet.

The next day mix flour, baking powder and salt with fruit. Beat eggs stir together with sugar, vanilla ~ add to fruit/flour mixture along with Pecans. Spoon into baking pans lined with wax paper or spray loaf pans with Bakers Pam. Press mixture into pans and bake at 275 degrees. After baking let stand for 5 minutes before removing paper. The fruit cake will be moist and may not seem cooked long enough.

When cool, wrap and refrigerate or freeze. Aging improves the overall flavor!!!

Happy eating!!!

Connie Mercer
Crafty Goodies

Oh, my goodness I can smell the cake baking throughout the house.  I don't know about that weight gain thing, but I'll give it a shot!  Mom made fruit cakes when I was growing up.  Early on I didn't care for it, but as I grew I loved my mom's and grandmother's fruit cake.  I'm going to have to give Connie's recipe a try.  It look delish!  Thanks for sharing Connie.

Only four more days of the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays and I have some fabulous crafters coming to share.  I'll see you tomorrow!


  1. I can't say that I am a fruitcake person but this one looks almost good enough to eat. Lovely page, Connie.

  2. thanks for the recipe connie!

    another great day!

  3. what a lovely recipe,

  4. I've honestly never tried fruitcake. That recipe looks great though. Your layout is lovely too!

  5. yummy looking recipe!! but the LO is even yummier!!! wish i had your talent...both in the scraproom and the kitchen.....
    well maybe not the kitchen, I hate to cook..... just the scraproom!!

  6. Connie we LOVE you- you are amazing.
    The layout is gorgeous and I bet these fruitcakes taste so good because you use your own home grown pecans!! When I grow up, I wanna be YOU! hehe:)

  7. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Hey there, I love the layout but I have to tell you I don't care for the fruit in the cake but I will make this for my husband he loves a good fruit cake. P.S. I am addicted to your blog :)

  8. Connie, I absolutely love this almost looks like the ingredients are layed out....I have tried this recipe of connnie's ya, and I am NOT a fruitcake person, but it is will not be sorry one little bit. I'm making it again this year...thanks for the inspiration, cuz I am making the cakes just so I can do the layout, hahaha....

  9. Looks great .. I was never one to eat cooked fruits in a cake but my Mom wouldloveto be at your house she love fruit cake.. thanks for sharing....i've email her a picture...

  10. Anonymous2:53 PM

    This is great like everything else that you do. I know Richie would love to have one of these fruit cakes next time we come to visit. Hugs

  11. Beautiful LO! I've never tried this fruit cake recipe but there is a first time for everything! How fun to see the recipe put here for all to use...what a great idea!
    Glad you shared with us!

  12. My Mom has always made a wonderful fruitcake...YUM!! I love the layout you made! Looks like a really great recipe! Thanks for sharing!...Nancy :o)

  13. Of course there's no calories... It's Christmas isn't it?


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