Cheesecake: Is it a cake, or do you consider it pie?

This is an extremely important blog post for many reasons. If you think you know the answer, then great- run along. Let us critical thinkers draw this one way out.

Is Cheesecake cake or pie?

Let me preface this post as being brought about by a facebook poll a friend (lets call him Dave) posted. It was like 8 am when I scrolled across this poll asking the question none of us really want to be asked: is cheesecake a cake or a pie?

I like to dissect everything, and often put more thought than neccesary into such baffling questions.

At first you say- cake! It’s in the name. It’s a fricken cheeseCAKE. Sure, but I like to overthink everything. So, I say- pie! Pies have crust and cheesecake has crust, so it’s actually pie. My head got to spinning and I took a trip to my counselor to discuss my life and why I put so much emotion and effort into every thought that crosses my mind. Including this dreaded question- is cheesecake even a cake at all?

I don’t want to make huge decisions like clarify whether I place beloved cheesecake in the cake or pie category. Yet, here I am, neglecting my adult responsibilities and writing my dreaded opinion on the internet. This afternoon I got to researching. Call me crazy, but I think I’ve found the answer.

What makes a cake a cake?


taken from Merriam- Webster dictionary


a: a breadlike food made from a dough or batter that is usually fried or baked in small flat shapes and is often unleavened

b: a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (such as baking powder)

c: a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried

Who’s to say bread is not cake. Or biscuits. Do you think if you made banana bread and covered it in frosting people would not mistake it for cake? Cheesecake is unlike bread and biscuits.

I love cake, you can tell by looking at my body type that I know what I’m talking about. In my very long (27 years) cake eating experience I’m gonna just say cake, biscuits and bread *can* have similar textures. Cheesecake is the outlier here.

What makes a pie a pie?


taken from the Merriam Webster dictionary


a. a dessert consisting of a filling (as of fruit or custard) in a pastry shell or topped with pastry or both

b.a meat dish baked with biscuit or pastry crust

Ok, here we are seemingly frustrated, again. Not exactly describing cheesecake. As I was researching, many articles made mention of pies having a crust on top. The only pies to be accepted into the British Pie Awards are those with crust on top.

But then I think, what about pumpkin pie? Or lemon meringue pie, or chocolate pie? Where do these delicious desserts fit in? We cannot exclude them, for they meet all other pie requirements besides having no top crust.

This is where I stand- Cheesecake is pie.


I don’t care what you say- if you disagree, you are wrong. You probably think DQ ice cream cake is a “cake” too, don’t you? Well it’s not. It’s absolutely delicious, and one of my all time favorite treats- but it’s not a cake at all.

Cheesecake lives in the pie family. It is more like pie than it is cake. If you agree, leave your validation and congratulations on solving the heated debate in the comments below. If you disagree, then get the F off my page.

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