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National Cheesecake Day on July 30th offers a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts. Order up a slice of cheesecake with your favorite topping. Get it delivered or make it at home.

This smooth dessert hits the spot when dessert time rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, either cream cheese or cottage cheese is used. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust.

When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Depending on the recipe, cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked.

When faced with choosing a cheesecake flavor, don’t panic. While the options may seem overwhelming, bakers solved this problem. They offer a variety of flavors in one cake. So, take one home and try each one. Since cheesecakes do come in a wide variety, consider your tastes. If you prefer summer fruits and berries, cheesecakes have you covered. Tropical options hit the spot, too. For coffee lovers, bakers provide a rich selection. And don’t forget delicious chocolate and nutty flavors. Each cheesecake may be served with fresh fruit, a sauce, whipped cream or plain. 

History of the Cheesecake

When it comes to searching for cheesecake’s history, we look to ancient Greece. A form of the dessert comes up as recipe served to athletes. It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912. In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Today, cheesecake makers use this brand more than any other. 

Styles of Cheesecakes:
  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheesecakeDay

Whether you make one at home or pick one up at a bakery, savor the creamy taste of cheesecake! We even have a New York Cheesecake recipe for you to try. And here’s another recipe, too! Post on social media using #NationalCheesecakeDay and share your favorite variety.


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On This Day in History
  • 1729 Baltimore, Maryland was founded – The great port city along the Patapsco River was central to the Revolutionary War. Named after 1st Baron Baltimore, Baltimore’s first colonial governor was the baron’s second son, Leonard Calvert. Not only was the great city home to poet Edgar Allan Poe, but others like Thurgood Marshall and Babe Ruth also called it home. Baltimore served as the backdrop for the battle that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner.

  • 1932 – Premiering at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Walt Disney’s first technicolor short film, Flowers and Trees, later earned a nod from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

  • 1956 – “In God We Trust” replaces “E Pluribus Unum” as the motto of the United States. The measure was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. While E Pluribus Unum still appears on many U.S. coins and paper bills today, it had been the country’s unofficial motto since 1776. The phrases began appearing together on coins as early as 1861 and off and on until 1908 when In God We Trust became a permanent fixture on coins. In 1955, Congress approved adding the phrase to paper money, too.

  • 1962 – At 7821 kilometers (4860 miles), the longest national highway in the world opens. Called the Trans-Canada Highway, it begins at Douglas Street and Dallas Road in Victoria, British Columbia, and terminates at St. Johns in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • 1971 – The first Lunar Rover lands on the moon during Apollo 15 Mission.

  • 2003 – The last original style Volkswagen rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

Born on this Day
  • Emily Bronte – 1818 – Author and poet
  • Henry Ford – 1863 – Ford Motor Company, assembly line
  • Bud Selig – 1934 – 9th Commissioner of Major League Baseball
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger – 1947-Bodybuilder, actor, 38th Governor of California
  • Delta Burke – 1956 – Actress
  • Laurence Fishburne – Actor-producer
  • Alton Brown – 1962 -Chef
  • Joe Daley – 1918 – Jazz musician
  • Paul Anka – 1941 – Canadian singer
  • Anita Hill – 1956 – Lawyer
  • Bill Cartwright – 1957 – basketball player
  • Diva Zappa – Artist