Nannie Craig’s Fruitcake

Preparation info
  • Yield:

    one 2¼ pound

    tube cake
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1987

  • About

One of the recipes in the manuscript cookbook compiled for me by my mother shortly after World War II is labeled, simply, Nannie Craig’s Fruitcake, and I have no idea as to her exact ancestry or relationship to my family. I have always presumed she was an aunt or other close relative. In any event, it is a great holiday cake.


  • ½ cup chopped glacéed cherries
  • cups chopped glacéed pineapple
  • 3


  • Combine the glacéed cherries, pineapple, raisins, currants, pecans, and almonds in a mixing bowl and add ½ cup bourbon, Cognac, or rum. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to