I've been wanting to try a recipe that I have that is just like this. The one I have doesn't call for any whipped topping though. I'm assuming it would be fine to leave it out. The only real difference is it calls for 1/2 cup apple jelly. After Spreading the cream cheese mixture then arranging the berries on top of it you are supposed to stir the jelly until it's smooth then brush it over the berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries). Then refrigerate as this recipe instructs.