Bake the cheesecake in a pan with water about half way up the sides of a spring form pan foolproof method for no cracks in the cheesecake
A real cheesecake is baked. The ones that are ones you add cool whip to or have a gelatin based. They taste a bit different as well. I prefer the baked cheesecakes. As I love the challenge to create differ flavors, styles and to not have them crack. One of the most difficult parts.
Not all cheesecake are baked, it just depends on the style or type of cheesecake it is.