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Feb 27, 2011 05:14 AM

Is this some new type of cheesecake?

I went out for dinner the Friday before last and for dessert I had the "cheesecake". It consisted of:
a bottom layer of regular "cake" cake about an inch thick (that is, not a graham cracker crust); in the middle a thin 1/2 inch dense layer of the "usual" cheesecake filling; and on top of that a kind of mousse topping (strawberry or something).

So the "real" cheesecake was just a thin layer embedded inside the whole structure. I feel like I got ripped off.

Anyone else seen cheesecake like this?

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  1. To be fair, pastry chefs interpret standards according to their own whims and influences so unless it was described as New York Style or some other specific standard, it is what it is. Perhaps the server should have offered more details or you should have asked.

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    1. re: ferret

      I guess I could have asked, I will next time. I didn't ask this time because up until now whenever I've ordered cheesecake it's always been the way I imagined it would be (graham cracker crust, thick layer of cheese filling etc.).

    2. I dunno. I think that dessert sounds divine, myself

      1. Cheesecake used as a filling isn't new (either with another cake layer on top, or something like a mousse) but the resulting product probably shouldn't have been called a cheesecake. It does seem a bit misleading.

        Although, as Sparkina said, it sounds delicious.

        1. Especially in delis that specialize in multi-layered cakes and tortes, I've seen several interpretations of "cheesecake" that involved only a layer of a cheesecake type filling interspersed with layers of cake, mousse, etc. While they do look good, I think that if a dessert if represented as a classic, it should BE the classic version. Maybe your server should've been more explicit. Either way, it does sound like a pretty good dessert, even if it wasn't what you were expecting.
          Next time, you'll know.
          Oh, and cheesecake doesn't contain a fruit layer either. Unless specified.

          1. This sounds like the raspberry "eruption" (and more commonly found, chocolate eruption) cakes that I've seen in restaurants. The raspberry one is pretty good, but isn't a baked cake, although it appears to contain pieces of baked cheesecake, along with white chocolate, and the cake base you're talking about. It's a dessert, not a cheesecake really, unless you sort of count it as a no-bake variety.