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What are the Different Types of Cheesecake?

Cheesecake comes in a delightful variety, from the classic New York style with its rich, creamy texture to the light and airy Italian version with ricotta. There's also the dense, tangy German cheesecake and the no-bake varieties that offer a cool respite on a hot day. What's your favorite kind? Join us as we unveil the world of cheesecakes.
Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

Cheesecake is available in many different flavors, but the two main types of cheesecake are no-bake and the traditional baked type. The baked variety usually uses eggs, which is why cooking is required, and it has a heavier consistency and rich texture. The no-bake variety may be made from a mix or from a simple recipe, and it is lighter and fluffier. Both types require refrigeration.

There are no-bake, no fuss cheesecake mixes available, complete with everything you need to make the crust and the filling. All you have to do is add butter or margarine to the graham cracker mixture and pat it into a pie pan. Next, add milk to the filling mixture -- which is much like pudding -- stir it, pour it into the pie shell, and chill until firm: instant cheesecake.

Tofu can be used in a low-fat, low-calorie cheesecake.
Tofu can be used in a low-fat, low-calorie cheesecake.

All authentic cheesecake contains cream cheese, which is how it got its name. There are, however, low-fat or low-calorie options that contain fat-free or low-fat cream cheese, blended cottage cheese, or tofu. Most "light" options are made from adapted no-bake recipes, combining low-fat cheeses with light whipped topping.

There are many recipes available for cheesecake, and they incorporate everything from the everyday to the exotic. Fruits, nuts, and candies may be added for a change in flavor or texture, and berry or cherry toppings are frequently used. Chocolate syrup, shavings or chocolate chips are common favorites, and adding tropical fruit gives cheesecake a delightful twist. Pumpkin may be added for holiday cheesecake, or the cake may simply be decorated with holiday-inspired treats such as spearmint leaves or candy canes.

Chocolate shavings are a popular topping for cheesecake.
Chocolate shavings are a popular topping for cheesecake.

Different types of crust may also be used for cheesecake to make it even more special. Cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers may be substituted for the regular or honey graham crackers traditionally used in cheesecake crust or the crust can be made from crumbled cookies. Ready to use chocolate cookie crust is available in most grocery stores, but you can also make your own from your favorite cookies. Cheesecake crust can also be made from animal crackers or vanilla wafers to create a lower fat option, or you can get creative and experiment with your own recipes.

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Cafe41- I love to give cheesecake gifts. The best cheesecake out there is from Junior’s.

Junior’s is a Brooklyn bakery that sells the most incredible cheesecake. You can even go on the website and order the cheesecake and have it shipped to you.

Every time I go to New York, I always stop by Juniors and get my cheesecake. They also have a location in Manhattan too. They sell every type of cheesecake. They sell turtle cheesecake, raspberry cheesecake, and brownie cheesecake. But my favorite remains to be the original plain cheesecake.


I love any type of cheesecake. My favorite is pumpkin cheesecake. I usually get it around the holidays at Cheese Cake Factory and it is delicious.

Paula Dean has a five star rating recipe for pumpkin cheesecake. All the ingredients are pretty basic and you just need can of puréed pumpkin.

This cheesecake recipe is so delicious that I try not to make it too often because I'll eat the whole thing. It is an easy cheesecake to make and the easiest cheesecake receipe to follow. I always put cheesecake topping of whipped cream and then, I am set.

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    • Tofu can be used in a low-fat, low-calorie cheesecake.
      By: Ildi
      Tofu can be used in a low-fat, low-calorie cheesecake.
    • Chocolate shavings are a popular topping for cheesecake.
      By: Okea
      Chocolate shavings are a popular topping for cheesecake.
    • Some cheesecakes are sweetened with honey.
      By: Nitr
      Some cheesecakes are sweetened with honey.
    • Cheesecake recipes incorporate both fruit and nuts.
      By: matka_Wariatka
      Cheesecake recipes incorporate both fruit and nuts.