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Red Velvet Cheesecake - Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipe

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Learn how to make red velvet cheesecake in your Instant Pot! This is a delicious red velvet cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust. Whip this up to satisfy your Red Velvet Cheesecake Factory cravings.

red velvet cheesecake with oreo crust on table with Instant Pot in the background

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Whether you make this up for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or a date night dessert to serve up after dinner. This cheesecake is velvety, creamy, and loaded with flavor.

What Flavor Is Red Velvet

Red velvet offers a mild chocolate flavor. You get the deep red color from cocoa, food coloring and depending on recipe vinegar. With this cheesecake you get the red from the cake mix, and it offers a really light chocolate flavor.

Topping Ideas For Red Velvet Cheesecake

  • Serve it naked with nothing on it
  • Create a cream cheese or buttercream frosting to pipe over the top.
  • Sprinkle with crushed Oreos and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
  • Add on some whipped cream around the edge with some sprinkles.
  • Etc

You don't have to decorate your cheesecake, but if you do those are a few ideas to consider.

red velvet cheesecake on white plate with powdered sugar sprinkled on top

Can I Swap Out The Crust

Not a fan or Oreo crust? You can easily swap with a classic graham cracker crust like we use in our Crème Brule Cheesecake, shortbread, etc. Feel free to get creative and use what you feel would pair the best with the red velvet cheesecake. You could also do a brownie bottom cheesecake like our popular Fudge Brownie Bottom Swirl Cheesecake has!

Can You Freeze Cheesecake

You can indeed freeze your leftover cheesecake. Just allow the cheesecake to fully set up in the fridge. Then slice or freeze the cheesecake whole. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil or place in an airtight freezer container.

Freeze for up to three months, then thaw in the fridge overnight. Or sit on the counter for 30-45 minutes for a quick thaw.

One good idea we've done is to make a couple different flavored cheesecakes (like our Nutter Butter cheesecake and Peppermint cheesecake) the same day and then serve half of each cheesecake and freeze half of each. That way we get to sample more cheesecake flavors.

Supplies Used to Make this Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe

  • 7-inch springform pan | This is the size and type of pan used in this specific recipe. We also regularly use Fat Daddio's 6-inch push pan for our cheesecake recipes, and Fat Daddio's 6-inch spring form pan is another great spring form pan alternative. They are an inch smaller in diameter, but they are taller and make a higher cheesecake.
  • Round parchment paper | Parchment paper is used to prevent cheesecake or other recipes from sticking to the bottom of a cake pan or other round pan. These come in a range of sizes.
  • Heart spoon | Just like our favorite wooden spoon set, this spoon is one of our favorite kitchen utensils and is used on a regular basis.
  • Medium-sized bowl | If you cook or bake a lot, you can't have too many glass mixing bowls. This set has a few to get you started, and are the most common sizes. We also have a bunch of glass ingredient bowls with lids to use when prepping ingredients for recipes ahead of time.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Ingredients

  • Oreos
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • Sour Cream
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Powdered Sugar

How To Make

This cheesecake offers an Oreo cookie crust. The first thing you will do is use Oreo crumbs to make the crust. Toss your Oreos in a food processor to get your fine crumbles.

Press the Oreo pie crust into the cheesecake pan as directed in the recipe card.

Now for your red velvet cheesecake filling start by adding your cream cheese in a bowl. Add in the red velvet box cake mix, and whip up till creamy.

Add in your eggs and sour cream and mix until creamy. Then pour your red velvet cake cheesecake batter and pour on top of the Oreo cookie crust.

red velvet cheesecake in Instant Pot

Cover tightly and cook in your pressure cooker as directed. Your cheesecake will be mostly set up at this point, if it is too jiggly, then cook another 5 minutes or so in the Instant Pot.

It is very important to allow your cheesecake to fully cool before slicing and serving. You will want to allow the cheesecake to chill over night in the fridge.

red velvet cheesecake cooling on dark wood table

Recipe FAQs

Here are some common questions when it comes to making this easy red velvet cheesecake!

Can you buy Oreo cookie crumbs?

You can buy Oreo cookie crumbs in the baking section at your grocery store. These are baking crumbs to make crust, mix in desserts, and more.
All they are are crumbled up Oreo cookies! These crumbs don't include the white filling.

How to cut cheesecake?

To cut a cheesecake you want to reach for a long knife. Then warm it up by soaking in warm water. Use paper towel or towel to wipe off water.

Cut right through the cheesecake, and with each slice you clean the knife for a clean cut cheesecake.

Can I make cheesecake without springform pan?

Reach for a push pan or even a cake pan if you want. If you do a cake pan you will find that you can't remove it in perfect slices like you can with a springform pan.

But it will taste just as good if you use a classic round cake pan. Just make sure it fits in the pressure cooker.

How to tell when the cheesecake is done?

The jiggle test is the most popular way to tell when the cheesecake is done. Gently jiggle cheesecake and if only the size of a quarter jiggles in the center your cheesecake is done.

Why is my cheesecake lumpy?

Cheesecakes can be lumpy if you didn't start with room temperature cream cheese. You will find you need room temperature cream cheese to ensure it is creamy.

If you see lumps it will bake up the same way, with lumps.

Why did my cheesecake crack?

Cheesecakes can crack for multiple reasons. Either you over-cooked your cheesecake or you overmixed once you added in the eggs.

Air will escape and create cracks, and that happens if you overmix once you drop in the eggs. The eggs will create air and height to the cheesecake.
Use a knife to run around in the cheesecake or tap lightly on counter to work out air bubbles.

Can you eat a cracked cheesecake?

Even if your cheesecake cracks you can eat it! It may not look perfect but cracks do not affect the flavor of your cheesecake.

If You Like Cheesecake Factory

If you are a lover of the Cheesecake Factory, you will find this recipe here cheesecake factory red velvet cheesecake recipe is similar to what you can order!

This recipe also mimics the Juniors Red Velvet Cheesecake as well.

Can I Make This Cheesecake In Advance

I highly recommend making this cheesecake in advance. I would do at least 24 hours in advance, as it takes overnight to set up. Then when you are ready, remove from fridge, slice and serve!

I recommend to not make it for more than 2 days in advance, it offers the best flavor in the first day of it setting up after being cooked.

This is one of my favorite recipes using red velvet cake mix! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Red Velvet Cheesecake

red velvet cheesecake with powdered sugar on white plate

This easy Red Velvet cheesecake with an Oreo pie crust is a fun and festive red dessert recipe that makes it perfect for holidays.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes

Instructions

    1. Start by placing your Oreos into a food processor/blender. Process until fine.
    2. Add melted better and mix together.
    3. In a large mixing bowl mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and cake mix.
    4. Add in eggs and sour cream and beat until smooth.
    5. Grease your springform pan, or line with round parchment paper.
    6. Press crumbs down into the bottom of your pan.
    7. Pour batter into spring form pan.
    8. Place a cup and a half of water into your instant pot and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. I use a sling.
    9. Let vent naturally for 15 minutes, and then use quick release. 
    10. Remove from instant pot and blot up excess water on top of cheesecake with a paper towel.
    11. Let cool completely. Place in fridge overnight.
    12. Top with powdered sugar.

Notes

  • Add additional toppings to dress up this tasty red velvet cheesecake Instant Pot recipe. Try adding chocolate chips, chocolate ganache, or add a decorative cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with cocoa.
  • Use a push pan for a taller cheesecake. This can make your cheesecake appear more professional and elegant. Fat Daddio's 6-inch push pan is what we always use when we opt to make cheesecake with a push pan. Pressure cooking time will remain the same. Fat Daddio's 6-inch spring form pan is another option if you prefer to use a springform pan but still want a taller cheesecake.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    8

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 564Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 127mgSodium 378mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 1gSugar 48gProtein 7g

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