Cheesecake... What is it!

Cake or Pie... make your selection

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Son of Liberty
I've heard this debate flare up on a few different radio stations, nobody seems to know the exact conclusion of what the real truth is behind Cheese Cake.

So allow me to pose this question with some quick variables to consider:

  1. a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust: apple pie; meat pie.
  2. a layer cake with a filling of custard, cream jelly, or the like: chocolate cream pie.

  1. a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.
  2. a flat, thin mass of bread, esp. unleavened bread.

So knowing that.... is Cheesecake... a cake or a Pie?


I'd say that Cheesecake is like the Quiche of the dessert world. Quiche is neither a Pie nor a Pizza.

Although according to those descriptions above, I'd have to go with the cake. A Pie has a crust incorporated somewhere, the cheesecake doesn't (shouldn't) have any kind of crust, just the crumble at the base. It's in the name as well! :lol:
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Registered Member
Cheesecake is so delicious that it should neither be classified as a pie or a cake. It is simply 'Cheesecake'

But if I had to choose from the above 2 options, it fits more in the pie category.


Registered Member
Hmm interesting thought. Why not send me a cheesecake so I can sit there and eat it to ponder this question lol

Honestly, if I really had to choose, it would be a pie because cake is all spongy.


The Hierophant
I could have sworn that I've already made this thread.

But I side with pie. Pies are less fluffy than a cake and have a crust.
Wiki agrees:

Despite their name, cheesecakes are technically tarts, that is, open-topped pies; the word 'cake' was formerly applied to a much broader category of foods than it is today.


Son of Liberty
I could have sworn that I've already made this thread.

But I side with pie. Pies are less fluffy than a cake and have a crust.
I looked everywhere I promise! There was no other thread about Cheesecake aside from about a million threads on the Cheesecake Factory!

My choice in this epic battle is Pie. Mostly cause I consider cakes to be more of the Bread variety and although they'll have custard and what not mixed inside... its not a cake to me unless its got that spongy bread feel to it. However if someone came up with a cheesecake Cake... you can bet I'd consider that a cake! Sorta like when you stuff a layered cake with a fruity Jam or Jelly.