Cheesecake is believed to have originated in ancient Greece, where records mention it being served to athletes at the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. The Romans spread cheesecake from Greece across Europe, and then centuries later it arrived in America.
Cream cheese was an American addition to the cake, and by the 20th Century the classic New York style cheesecake was born. Traditional baked cheesecakes are now produced widely by bakery companies. A more modern take on the product is an unbaked aerated cheesecake, manufactured by dairy companies and sold in single portion retail pots.