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red velvet cheesecake on black plate

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



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


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


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.


  • 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.


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