Instant Pot German Chocolate Cheesecake

Instant Pot German Chocolate Cheesecake on a white plate with chocolate drizzle

5 from 2 reviews

Sweet chocolate cheesecake topped with coconut pecan frosting and drizzled with a dark chocolate ganache, this Instant Pot German Chocolate Cheesecake is a shining star in the cheesecake world!



For the Crust

For the Cheesecake Filling

For the Coconut Pecan Frosting

For the Chocolate Ganache


  1. Spray a 7 inch spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Optional: Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper for easy removal of the cake once it’s done.  
  2. Stir cookie crumbs and melted butter together and press evenly across the bottom and one third of the way up the sides of the pan.  Place in the freezer to set while you make the cheesecake filling.
  3. To make cheesecake filling: Cream the cream cheese with a handheld mixer on low speed until very smooth, scrape the bowl and mix again.  
  4. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, and cocoa powder; mix until smooth, scraping the sides at least once to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  5. Add eggs, use hand mixer to barely combine, about 5 seconds, then stir in the rest of the way with a spatula.
  6. Finally, add the melted and cooled chocolate and use a spatula to mix just until incorporated. 
  7. Remove the pan from the freezer and fill with the chocolate mixture.
  8. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the pressure cooker pot and place trivet inside.  
  9. Carefully lower the prepared pan onto the trivet. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for 35 minutes.
  10. When pressure cooking is complete, use a 10-minute natural release and then release any remaining pressure.  
  11. Remove pan from pressure cooker and let cool for 10 minutes.  
  12. Slowly remove the springform ring, being careful not to break the crust.  
  13. Place cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to chill all the way through.
  14. Once the cheesecake is cooled, prepare the Coconut Pecan Frosting by combining egg yolks, sugar, milk, butter and vanilla in a small saucepan.  Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  15. Remove from heat, add coconut and pecans, stir vigorously until well incorporated and silky.
  16. Top cheesecake with Coconut Pecan Frosting.  Return cheesecake to fridge.
  17. To make Chocolate Ganache, place chocolate chips in a small, heat safe bowl and set aside.  
  18. Pour heavy cream into a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a light simmer. Pour hot cream over the chocolate chips and cover.  
  19. After 3 minutes, uncover and whisk the chocolate mixture vigorously until smooth and shiny.
  20. Let cool to thicken slightly, then drizzle over the Coconut Pecan Frosting.  Can be served immediately or chilled a bit longer to set the ganache. This cake is also delicious made one day in advance.
  21. For best flavor and texture let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving.


Keywords: instant pot cheesecake, german chocolate cheesecake, coconut pecan frosting