When a chocolate craving hits, the key is to not just satisfy it with a low quality, mediocre treat. Make it worth the splurge and create a smooooooth decadent dessert that will be worth every bite. From high-quality ingredients to the love that is invested in a home-baked dessert, there is nothing like the perfect chocolate cheesecake.

Cheesecake often takes a lot of time to make, but with the help of the Instant Pot, you can whip up this amazing dessert in a much shorter amount of time! It’s the perfect dessert to make to celebrate a birthday or holiday or for a loved one that needs a bit of encouragement to get through a tough week.

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What is it about cheesecake that makes it so delicious? Well, think about it like this. Why do chocolate chip cookies go perfectly with a glass of milk? The reason is that the savory taste of the milk compliments the rich sweetness of the chocolate chip cookie, thus making the experience creamy and satisfying. Cheesecake is the perfect combination of savory and sweet, creamy and decadent.

One of the things we noticed when we were making this cheesecake is how careful we had to be when mixing the ingredients together. Cheesecake is a delicate balance of dense and fluffy; you don’t want to be biting into a brick, while at the same time, eating what tastes like whipped cream is not what your sweetie will be expecting! The key is to mix your ingredients just until combined and then stop. This is even more important when using an Instant Pot to cook the cake, as too many air bubbles (which get added by the beating process) will affect your final product and result in a foamier (and less silky) texture.

If you’re wondering what type of cheesecake this is, let’s just put it as simply as possible. IT’S RICH. It may look like a small cake for 8 servings, but it packs a serious chocolatey punch that just cannot be beat. Serve this cake alongside some high-quality cups of coffee to cut the sweetness; making each heavenly bite last that much longer.

If you’re wanting to take your chocolate game to the next level, you could also top it off with a variety of chocolate dipped fruit (perfect for Valentine’s Day!), or even top with chocolate dipped pretzels for a salty-sweet combo. Now, you just need to find a friend, neighbor, or sweetheart to share this flawless recipe with.

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Notes:

Be careful not to overmix – it’s a fine balance between needing to properly mix the ingredients and adding too much air into the cake. You don’t want a foamy cheesecake!

It took our 6-Quart Instant Pot Duo 6 minutes to come to pressure, but this will vary depending on the model and size of your Instant Pot.

Make sure the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs are actually at room temperature – it will seriously affect your final product.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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