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Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake

This Instant Pot Cake recipe combines moist Carrot Cake and Creamy Delicious Cheesecake all in one dish. Now you can have the best of both worlds with this cake recipe.

slice of instant pot cake on a plate


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Happy Birthday to Me! I usually celebrate my birthday by going out to The Cheesecake Factory and having a wonderful dinner followed by a delicious slice of cheesecake. If you’ve ever been to the Cheesecake Factory, then you know that they have tons of cheesecakes on their menu.

My favorite cheesecake on the menu is the Carrot Cake Cheesecake. It’s moist carrot cake combined with delicious creamy cheesecake. It’s the best of both worlds!

I started to make this cake at home a few years ago and I would typically use the oven. Now I use my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker because I love it so much.

instant pot cheesecake sliced on table

How to make Cake in an Instant Pot

When making a cake in your Instant Pot, you’re going to use a trivet or baking sling and pour your liquid in the bottom of the Instant Pot. It’s perfect for cakes that you want to keep moist.

Some brands of the Instant Pot have a cake setting for “baking” a cake. I tend to ignore the many fancy settings and stick with Manual or Pressure Cook setting.

You’ll want to cook this cake for 35 minutes of high pressure.Once your timer is up, let it natural release for 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure. 

Special Bakeware for Instant Pot Cake

If you have a 6QT Instant Pot, like I do, you will need a smaller pan to fit inside the instant pot. I use a 7-inch springform pan from this kit.


accesory kit for instant pot


I also use a silicone bakeware sling to lower my cake pan into the Instant Pot. A foil sling could work as well but I decided to invest in this silicone sling and I’m so glad I did. Makes putting bakeware in and out of my Instant Pot so much easier.


red bakeware sling


If you choose to go the foil sling route, you can learn more about creating a foil sling here

Tips for Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake

  1. Make sure all ingredients are room temperature prior to getting started. That’s the #1 rule in baking cakes and cheesecakes. 
  2. Allow cheesecake to cool on counter for atleast 30 minutes before placing it into fridge for refrigeration. 
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, although overnight is best.
  4. Cover cake pan with foil before pressure cooking. That will help keep liquid off the top of your cheesecake. If liquid still gets on your cheesecake it will be perfectly fine.
  5. When layering this cake, make sure to start with the carrot cake layer first. That will act as your base for your cake. Make sure your top layer is the cream cheese batter.

I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake as much as we do. Until next time, Enjoy 🙂

Looking for more cake recipes? Try these out:

If you’re looking for more Instant Pot Desserts, try this instant pot bread pudding, this instant pot rice pudding or this round up of dessert recipes for your Instant Pot. 

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Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Get the best of both worlds with delicious moist carrot cake and cheesecake made in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake cheesecake, instant pot cake, instant pot cheesecake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
resting time 8 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 818kcal
Author Tanya



  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Carrot Cake

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • ¼ cup walnuts chopped


  • Grease a 7 inch springform pan, set aside. 
  • Prepare cheesecake batter by placing cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and flour in a medium sized bowl. Use a hand mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth. Then add your egg and vanilla and continue beating until blended. Set aside. 
  • Prepare cake batter by placing vegetable oil and sugar in a separate medium bowl. Use a hand mixer and beat on medium speed until blended. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, egg, and vanilla extract.  Beat on medium speed until well blended. Add carrots, pineapple, and walnuts to bowl and fold into batter by mixing with a spatula. 
  • Pour about half of the the carrot cake mixture into the bottom of your greased springform pan, spreading it out so it covers the bottom of the pan.
    Then add cream cheese batter in the middle of the carrot cake batter. Lightly spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake mixture. Repeat these steps until all batter is in the springform pan, finishing with cream cheese layer on top.
  • Cover springform pan with foil paper. 
  • Add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot. Add cake to Instant Pot on trivet or bakeware sling.
  • Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, allow to natural release for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cake and allow to cool on counter, then transfer to fridge. Refrigerate 2-24 hours, the longer the better. Enjoy 🙂




Notes on Instant Pot Cake (Carrot Cake Cheesecake)

  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning. This ensures that your cheesecake isn't lumpy.
  • You can use this method in any electric pressure cooker, no need for a special cake button.

Tools used for Instant Pot Cake (Carrot Cake Cheesecake)


Calories: 818kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 6280IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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Step by Step photos of Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake

beaten cream cheese

Use a handmixer and beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.



carrot cake mixture in bowl

In a separate bowl, combine vegetable oil and sugar and mix with beater until combined. Add flour, baking soda, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined. With a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, pineapple, and walnuts.


instant pot carrot cake cheesecake batter in springform pan

Layer the mixtures in a greased 7 inch spring form pan. First add the carrot cake mixture and spread over the entire bottom of the pan. Then add a little bit of the cream cheese mixture. Then more carrot cake, and finish with a layer of chream cheese mixture at the top.


instant pot carrot cheesecake covered by foil inside of Instant pot

Add 1 cup of water into Instant Pot. Place cake covered with foil on trivet or bakeware sling. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, natural release 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.


instant pot cake after pressure cooking

Once you remove your cake and uncover it, it will look like this. Allow it to cool on your counter for about 30 minutes.


finished photo of instant pot cake

Once it’s cooled on the counter for a bit, put cheesecake in your fridge and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. If you can, refrigerate it overnight, that would be best. *Notice how the cake has pulled away from the sides of the pan. It makes removing the spring form easy.

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Recipe Rating


Monday 1st of April 2024

Hello! I love your recipes! Do I cover when refrigerated overnight?


Sunday 7th of April 2024

Hey Sheila, thank you. I loosley cover it with foil.


Monday 4th of October 2021

This carrot cake cheesecake was so delicious! I thought it was fairly easy to make and liked that I could use the hand mixer for both batters. Mine came out more layered than in the photo, but that was fine. Everyone loved it and loved the fact that it wasn't too sweet.


Monday 4th of October 2021

So glad you liked it Amy! This still is one of my fav cheesecakes to make. The combo is just incredible.


Friday 4th of December 2020

I have an 8.5 quart and would like to use a 8 in. Springform pan. Can I double the recipe? How long should I cook it? Thanks for your great recipe it’s perfect for my husbands birthday cake!


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

@Tanya, thank you! it came out great but it did rise and stick to the foil. Next time I need to use non stick foil!


Sunday 6th of December 2020

Hi Donna, doubling the recipe should be fine (I haven't done it but I don't see why it wouldn't work). You may have a little batter left over, which would be perfect for a mini cake. I would increase the time to 40 minutes. If it's still to jiggly in the middle, you can increase it by 5 minutes more.


Thursday 6th of August 2020

Would this recipe work with the cake pan along with instant pot accessories kit from Costco?


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Yes, it should work. I prefer a spring form pan because it's easier to release the cheesecake after baking.


Friday 24th of July 2020

I've made this several times and substituted one of those snack size applesauce cups for the vegetable oil. The most recent one I didn't have to share it! I share your recipe link in the FB Instant Pot group whenever I post my cheesecake. Thank you for this delicious recipe! (Commenting again because this is soooooo good!!)


Saturday 25th of July 2020

Thank you so much Gim :) This is one of my favorite cheesecake recipes as well. I appreciate you for commenting and sharing the recipe :)