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strawberry cheesecake on platter

Instant Pot Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

Creamy cheesecake, swirled with fresh strawberries, ringed with swirls of cream cheese icing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, cream cheese icing, strawberries, strawberry cheesecake
Servings 8 people


  • Instant Pot
  • 8 inch springform cheesecake pan


  • 2 c vanilla wafers crushed fine
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar

Cheesecake Filling and Strawberry Swirl

  • 2 c fresh strawberries diced
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tsp corn starch
  • 24 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 3 lg eggs

Decorating Icing

  • 4 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 drops red food color


  • With fork or food processor, combine crushed vanilla wafers, butter and brown sugar until the consistency of wet sand.
  • Cut a circle out of parchment paper to fit bottom of cheesecake pan. With non-stick cooking spray, coat sides and bottom of the pan. Fit paper liner into bottom of pan and lightly spray top of paper. With paper towel, wipe any excess spray from sides of pan.
  • Press wafer mixture into bottom of pan and up the sides about 1/2 inch. Using the bottom of a drinking glass can help to press the bottom evenly.
  • Place crust in the freezer while preparing filling.

Strawberry Swirl

  • Add strawberries, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch and water to heavy saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens and strawberries are soft. Mash strawberry mixture with hand potato masher. Mixture will resemble strawberry jam. Set aside to cool while making cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake Filling

  • In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, flour and sugar on low speed until smooth.
  • Add sour cream and vanilla and mix on low until combined.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low after each addition.
  • Remove crust from freezer. Pour half of cheesecake mixture into crust.
  • Drop half of strawberry filling by spoonfuls across cheesecake filling. Swirl with butter knife.
  • Pour in remainder of cheesecake filling and repeat strawberry spooning and swirling on top.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  • Place cheesecake pan an the trivet that comes with the pot and carefully lower it into the pot.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and seal according to your Instant Pot instructions.
  • Set on high and cook for 35 minutes. Allow to cool to low 15, then manually release remaining steam. The center of cheesecake will jiggle slightly when it is done. If the whole cake jiggles, return to pot and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Using a paper towel, remove any water that has gathered on top from the steam.
  • Cool for one hour and then you can add icing around the top edges if desired. I used a 2D icing tip. There are many YouTube videos that can show you how. It's very simple. I am NOT a cake decorator in any way. This is a good tutorial. https://youtu.be/_ABeWSEUEj0

Icing For Decorating

  • Whip butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add drops of red food coloring one at a time, until you reach the shade of your choice. I added two drops.