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Red Velvet Cheesecake (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

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This delicious red velvet cheesecake is a wonderful treat for Valentine’s Day, or any time of the year! Flavored with cocoa powder with a ginger cookie crust, this pressure cooker cheesecake comes out wonderfully light and fluffy.

A slice of red velvet cheesecake with the end cut off with a fork.

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Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? We are pretty low key on the day, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be enjoying this delicious red dessert!

This red velvet cheesecake is all kinds of delicious. It has a decadent and rich chocolate flavor and the ginger snap crust is to die for.

This cheesecake recipe is cooked in the Instant Pot and is totally foolproof. This method ensures the fluffiest and creamiest cheesecake you’ll ever make!

For more cheesecake recipes, be sure to try my Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake!

How to make a red velvet cheesecake

  • Gather your ingredients.
Ingredients to make the cheesecake.
  • Place cookie crumbs, sugar, and unsalted butter in a medium sized bowl and stir until combined.
The ingredinets for the crust mixed together.
  • Place in the bottom of a greased 7 inch springform pan. Set aside.
The cheesecake crust in a springform pan.
  • Place cream cheese, granulated sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until combined. Add sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, and vinegar and beat on medium speed until well blended. Remove about ¼ cup of the batter mixture and set aside.
The cake batter mixed together.
  • Add cocoa powder and food coloring to the bowl and beat until incorporated.
The red cake batter in a glass bowl.
  • Pour this mixture into the prepared springform pan and smooth the top.
  • Place the ¼ cup of set aside batter mixture on top of the cheesecake.
Four dollops of white batter on the red cake.
The white batter swirled into the red cake.
  • Cover springform pan with foil paper.
  • Add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot. Add cake to Instant Pot on trivet or bakeware sling.
  • Cover and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, allowing for natural release for 10 minutes.
The ccheesecake wrapped with foil in a pressure cooker.
  • Remove cake and allow to cool on the counter, then transfer to the fridge. Refrigerate 2-24 hours, the longer the better.
Overhead view of the red and white cheesecake.

How do you stop the cheesecake from cracking?

Cheesecakes can crack for two main reasons.

  1. If the cake batter is over mixed, this can cause cracking. If you whip too much air into it, the cake can rise and then collapse, causing the cracks.
  2. Cheesecakes also crack when the cool too quickly, so be sure to naturally release the pressure in your Instant Pot rather than a quick release.

How long does it keep?

Once your cheesecake has cooled in the fridge, cover it loosely with plastic wrap or foil. It’s best within the first couple of days, but will keep well for 4 to 5.

Can you freeze it?

Yes, cheesecake freezes well, and you can freeze it in slices or whole. If freezing whole, I like to keep it in the springform pan. Wrap several times in plastic wrap and foil and it will keep for up to a month. For individual slices, it’s best to freeze them solid on a baking sheet before wrapping and placing in a container or freezer bag.

Thaw frozen cheesecake in the fridge overnight before enjoying.

Side view of the red velvet cheesecake.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Take care not to over mix the batter.
  • Natural release the pressure for the Instant Pot so that the cheesecake doesn’t cool too quickly.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake

This delicious red velvet cheesecake is a wonderful treat for Valentine's Day, or any time of the year!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot cheesecake, pressure cooker cheesecake, velentines day cheesecake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Natural release 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 381kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Crust

  • ¾ cups ginger cookie crumbs crushed in a food processor
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter

Filling

  • 2 8 oz packs cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp distilled vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 oz red food coloring

Instructions

Prepare the crust

  • Place cookie crumbs, sugar, and unsalted butter in a medium sized bowl and stir until combined. Place in the bottom of a greased 7 inch springform pan. Set aside.

Prepare the filling

  • Place cream cheese, granulated sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, eat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until combined. Add sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, and vinegar and beat on medium speed until well blended. Remove about ¼ cup of the batter mixture and set aside.
  • Add cocoa powder and food coloring to the bowl and beat until incorporated. Pour this mixture into the prepared springform pan and smooth the top.
  • Place the ¼ cup of set aside batter mixture on top of the cheesecake and create a swirl with a chopstick or toothpick.
  • 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, allowing for natural release for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cake and allow to cool on the counter, then transfer to the fridge. Refrigerate 2-24 hours, the longer the better.

Notes

  • Take care not to over mix the batter.
  • Natural release the pressure for the Instant Pot so that the cheesecake doesn’t cool too quickly.

Nutrition

Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
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Heather

Thursday 4th of February 2021

I just made this today....when I took the foil off after cooking and natural release, it looks a little wiggly like Jello. Is it supposed to look this way? Will it firm up as it cools and sets in the fridge? I'm kind of freaking out because I followed the instructions exactly but unsure what happened.

Tanya

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Hi Heather, you should have a little wiggle and it'll firm up after chilling. If it's really really wiggly, you can place the top of the pressure cooker back on and cook for an additional 10 minutes on high pressure.

Kari

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I love the idea of combining a red velvet cake and cheesecake and making it in a pressure cooker! This is such a delight to discover!

Tanya

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Thanks so much Kari :)