I am a huge advocate of making fresh whipped cream, I mean it literally takes under 3 minutes and is deeeelish! However, for this, use Cool Whip IN the mixture since it's stable. It holds up better and will literally keep well once made in the fridge for days. If you choose to top these mini desserts with whipped cream, there's where you can use fresh. I use 2/3's of an 8 oz Cool Whip container for this recipe.