20 Recipes That Prove Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Are Meant to Be Pumpkin and cream cheese are proof that opposites attract. Pumpkin brings a natural sweetness — often flavored with warm, earthy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger — while cream cheese is rich, tart, and tangy. I made this recipe “Chef John's Fresh Salmon Cakes”. Now I’m a big fan of salmon cakes . . . I didn’t alter the recipe except I added two tablespoon of Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce for a little kick. This is a keeper. Read More. Helpful (25) Advertisement. Florida Mom.