The original recipe is old, very rich, and very high in fat/cholesterol. It was made with heavy cream. Although this adaption still is rich and not low fat by any means, it is lower than the original. I tried substituting something other than butter, but it just didn't give it the "right" taste. Please note the whipping cream is the stuff used to make homemade whipped cream. It is not the stuff in the tub or spray container.