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I Don't Care What You Call Cheesecake—I Just Want to Eat It

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Is cheesecake a cake? Is it a pie? Is it a tart?

These are the spellbindingly boring philosophical questions that have preoccupied a few food media publications over the past week. It began with an admittedly funny, self-aware piece from the folks at Eater published last week, prompting a response from TODAY’s Matt Lauer. A poll of the show's viewers overwhelmingly suggested that cheesecake is not cake. Some on the show described it as a cake-pie hybrid. Thrilling. Are you asleep yet?

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Semantics, semantics. I’m someone who begs for more precision and care with the language we use to talk about food. But this debate strikes me as one of the more aggressively meaningless I've come across, right up there with “is a cheeseburger a sandwich?”

Maybe it’s because I have no horse in this race. Keep calling it cake. Call it pie. A tart. A flan. Use your imagination. I honestly do not care. To the question of what we should call cheesecake, I answer: Call it whatever you'd like. It’s good. Just eat it. Here are 18 of our best.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Mocha Marble Cheesecake

Mocha Marble Cheesecake by Alice Medrich

Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Apple Cardamom Compote

Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Apple Cardamom Compote by Samantha Weiss Hills

Matcha-Black Sesame Cheesecake
Matcha-Black Sesame Cheesecake
Butternut Squash & Spice Cheesecake
Butternut Squash & Spice Cheesecake
Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Cheesecake by boulangere

Nigella Lawson's No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

Nigella Lawson's No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake by Genius Recipes

Amaro Ricotta Cheesecake
Amaro Ricotta Cheesecake
Ricotta Cheesecake Pie with Chocolate-Coffee Ganache
Ricotta Cheesecake Pie with Chocolate-Coffee Ganache
Lime n' the Coconut Mini Cheesecakes

Lime n' the Coconut Mini Cheesecakes by susan gauthier

Cider Cheesecake Pie

Cider Cheesecake Pie by Erin McDowell

Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust by Lucy Mercer

Gran's Gifted Cheesecake

Gran's Gifted Cheesecake by inpatskitchen

Amaro Ricotta Cheesecake
Amaro Ricotta Cheesecake
Raw, Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake
Raw, Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake
Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake
Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

So, what's the verdict? Is cheesecake cake or not, in your eyes? Weigh in on this historic debate in the comments.

Tags: cheesecake, eater