Types of Cheesecake

Is anyone else obsessed with cheesecake like my family? Whether we’re making it from scratch or splurging at the Cheesecake Factory, we just can’t get enough. But while we might opt for “regular” cheesecake time and time again, there are actually many different types to indulge in.

Most people are aware of “regular” cheesecakes, like New York cheesecake. But there are many other styles. From Philadelphia cheesecakes to Roman-style options, there are over ten different types of cheesecake to grace your palate.

Hello! My name’s Michelle, a cheesecake lover, and self-taught baker. While I have spent plenty of time baking, cutting, and eating cheesecake, I wanted to branch out and discover new kinds. That led me on a long journey through the many styles of cheesecakes, and I want to share my findings.

Keep reading to find out the (surprisingly immense amount of) types of cheesecake!

10 Different Types of Cheesecake

Yes, you read that correctly – there are ten (and likely more) different types of cheesecakes out there, each one better than the last. By the end of this list, your mouth will be watering and begging for one of these tasty new styles.

1. New York Cheesecake

Let’s start with the most popular type of cheesecake – New York cheesecake. This cheesecake is well-known for its velvety smooth texture and unbelievable creaminess

Although these cheesecakes are typically created solely with cream cheese and heavy cream (with a few other ingredients), some bakers employ sour cream in heavy cream’s place to avoid potential freezing.

2. Regular Cheesecake

Many people confuse New York cheesecake with regular cheesecake, but they’re not the same thing. Although quite similar in terms of base ingredients and cooking process, traditional cheesecake tends to be lighter and shorter than the New York variety.

Another critical differentiation? Regular cheesecakes are typically much, much sweeter. Think about that last trip to the Cheesecake Factory. You likely ordered one of their wildly delicious cheesecakes loaded with goodies and topped with even more treats.

These would be classified as “regular cheesecakes” rather than “New York cheesecakes.” 

3. Philadelphia Cheesecake

Philadelphia cheesecake and New York cheesecake are almost one and the same. The critical difference is that Philadelphia cheesecake is notably airier and lighter than New York cheesecake, which tends to have a denser texture overall.

If you’re looking for something a tad fluffier without compromising on the famous cheesecake flavor notes, you might enjoy the Philadelphia cheesecake.

4. Chicago Cheesecake

Still not impressed with the creaminess? Consider Chicago-style cheesecake. This cheesecake features a slightly dense exterior with a creamy interior that acts more like a filling than a smooth, dense interior like those found on other types of cheesecakes.

Another big difference? Chicago-style cheesecake utilizes a shortbread crust rather than graham crackers. This alters the flavor a pinch and adds some extra sweetness that many people enjoy.

5. Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese cheesecake is often referred to as “Cotton Cheesecake” or “Soufflé Cheesecake.” Why? Because of the incredibly fluffy and airy texture. In fact, this cheesecake is so lightweight that it can appear wobbly or jiggly, giving it its soufflé nickname.

6. Roman Cheesecake

If you ever take a trip to Rome, you will undoubtedly find yourself face to face with a Roman cheesecake come dessert time. 

Roman cheesecake varies significantly from New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago cheesecakes. Roman cheesecake does not use cream cheese. Instead, it uses fresh ricotta or a kind of farmer’s cheese. There is also no crust, ensuring a refreshing and smooth finish.

7. Swedish Cheesecake

If you’re looking for a really unique and out-of-the-box cheesecake, you will want to try out Swedish cheesecake.

Swedish cheesecake is one of the most interesting cheesecakes out there. To make this cheesecake, you will need to create your own curdled milk (by adding rennet) or use cottage cheese as a speedy substitute.

This cheesecake does not have a crust, just like the Roman version. It typically contains almonds, either whole or crushed, and is served with fresh fruit or preservative fruit.

8. Vegan Cheesecake

Vegans don’t have to miss out on all the fun! Vegan varieties have hit the baking world by storm, and vegans (and non-vegans) are cheering.

Vegan cheesecakes have the same consistency and taste as regular cheesecakes. The only difference is that there are no dairy products involvedobviously. Instead, vegan cheesecakes use a number of other non-dairy ingredients, such as soaked cashew nuts or silken tofu.

By the way, don’t knock it till you try it! I’ve had vegan cheesecake, and it was splendid.

9. Ricotta Cheesecake

Who said cheesecake had to be made with cream cheese? If you head over to Italy, they’ll tell you that there’s no reason why cheesecake can’t be made with ricotta.

Ricotta cheesecake is still as delicious as any other type of cheesecake. The main difference is the texture. Since this type of cheesecake utilizes ricotta, there is a slightly grainier consistency. This cheesecake tends to be a bit drier, too, but not in a negative way.

10. No-Bake Cheesecake

I love no-bake cheesecakes. Not only are they much easier to make, but the consistency is glorious. Think about the smoothest and silkiest cheesecake you’ve ever eaten. Then, times it by three. That’s no-bake cheesecake.

No-bake cheesecake differs from other cheesecakes because no oven or eggs are involved. All you need to do is mix the ingredients, allow it to chill entirely, and serve it up. Oh, so yummy!

FAQs

There you have it! The top ten most common types of cheesecakes out there. I know, I know – you want to keep learning. Don’t worry. I’ve added a few extra questions to pique your interest. Let’s have a look.

How many types of cheesecake are there?

There are well over ten types of cheesecakes out there – I only mentioned the ten most popular ones! And when we’re discussing types, that doesn’t even include flavors. I’m sure there are hundreds of yummy cheesecake flavors that are just waiting for you to try.

What are the most popular cheesecakes?

The most popular cheesecakes include New York cheesecake, New York cheesecake with strawberry drizzle, triple chocolate cheesecake, and pumpkin cheesecake.

What is the difference between New York-style cheesecake and regular cheesecake?

The difference between New York cheesecake and regular cheesecake is that traditional cheesecake uses more sour cream and heavy cream in the batter, producing a lighter texture. 

New York cheesecake relies on cream cheese (primarily), creating a silky and dense consistency. Regular cheesecake is also famous for its wide range of flavors and toppings.

What is the difference between American and Italian cheesecake?

American cheesecake is made with cream cheese (and some other ingredients, sometimes, like sour cream or heavy cream), while Italian cheesecake is made with ricotta cheese. Both are sumptuous, just different, especially in terms of texture.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, there are tons of different types of cheesecakes on the market. From the famous New York cheesecake to the intricate, unique Swedish cheesecake and vegan varieties, there is a cheesecake that will satisfy your taste buds.

What is your favorite type of cheesecake? Have you tried any of these cheesecakes? Share your comments (and recipes!) in the comment section below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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