Mix batter ingredients together in greased 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Allow mixture to rest while preparing raspberry sauce and cheesecake filling. Combine raspberry sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Whip all cheesecake filling ingredients in a large bowl with electric mixer until smooth.
Top batter with cheesecake mixture, then raspberry sauce. Swirl mixtures together using a knife. Sprinkle almonds over top, if desired.
Bake by placing in a cold oven; set temperature to 350°F. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until cheesecake is set.
Note:If desired, batter may be mixed in a separate bowl. Proceed as directed above.