Cheesecakes and cakes have similarities due to how they are made as both can be baked in the oven. A cake can be a mass or heap of bulky components put together. Both cake and cheesecake are used as desserts during meals as they are sweetened using sugar to enhance their flavor that makes them suitable as dessert foods. What makes a cheesecake a cake is the crust on which it is added to before it is baked. The crust could be freshly baked bread or flour, sugar, milk and egg mixture on to which the cheese layer is put on top before it is baked.
Cakes can be used for different functions like weddings, birthdays, anniversary events, graduation parties and words are added to the icing to describe what occasion it represents. Cheesecakes are not used for events as these are mainly dessert foods at home or in restaurants plus small brunch gatherings. Cakes can be modified into different types using baking containers of different shapes to create round, heart-shaped, cupcakes, while cheesecake remains a cheesecake. Enhanced flavor in a cheesecake can bring difference to its naming when vanilla, chocolate and cream are added to the cheese or bottom layer crust.
Cheese is fermented using specific bacteria that enhance its sourness while flour used to make cakes is usually unleavened with no fermenting additives. When fruit bits are added to a cheesecake it is called fruit cheesecake but if these are added to a cake, the cake might still be called a cake with fruit toppings or a fruit cake. Cakes have more commercial use than cheesecakes as cakes can easily be bought at a bakery. Cheesecakes have more domestic use and the cheese could be bought separately from other ingredients used to bake it.
All cakes have to be put in an oven after the components are mixed in uniform quantities while cheesecakes can either be baked or consumed unbaked if its bottom crust is ready made or already cooked before cheese is layered on top. Sugar is a main ingredient when baking a cake to enhance its sweetness, but it might not be used in baking a cheesecake as the cheese carries its flavor. Both cake and cheesecake may have multiple layers or single layers as preferred by the baker. Layers in a cake may be made with flour, milk, eggs or sugar plus other toppings like fruit chunks. The layers in cheesecakes are made with cheese except the bottom crust.
Icing might be put on to a cake to make it more attractive by mixing food colors in the icing to give a cake color that you want it to have. A cheesecake has bacteria that may change its color during fermentation and no icing is put to improve its appearance. Milk is not an ingredient in cheesecakes as the cheese already has cream which comes from milk. There are not many differences between a cake and a cheesecake as both have similar components plus can be used for domestic, industrial purposes.