Cloud Bread Recipe: How to make that viral TikTok bread

You’re three ingredients away from picture perfect fluffy TikTok cloud bread!

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Hello, I’m back at it with another viral TikTok recipe. I know, I know, TikTok is about to be banned but the viral recipes won’t stop and I am here for it because super fluffy cloud bread is so jiggly and cute.

Plus it’s only three ingredients! I mean, I loved dalgona coffee and pancake cereal, so maybe there’s something to this TikTok food thing?

After seeing multiple people ripping into and squishing their TikTok cloud bread, I just HAD to make some myself.

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What is TikTok cloud bread?

If you’re on TikTok and you’ve looked under #cloudbread you’ve probably seen the fluffiest, most impossible giant puffs of bread you’ve ever seen. All you need to make it is egg whites, sugar, and cornstarch. Cloud bread is essentially a softly baked meringue with some rebranding.

If you’re not sure what a meringue is: it’s a type of dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar. Sometimes a binder (in this case cornstarch) is added to give it a bit more structure. Meringues taste kind of marshmallow-y when gently baked and light and crispy when baked and dried out longer. If you’ve had pavlova or lemon meringue pie or macaron, you’ve had meringue and by extension, cloud bread.

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If you’re not sure what a meringue is: it’s a type of dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar. Sometimes a binder (in this case cornstarch) is added to give it a bit more structure. Meringues taste kind of marshmallow-y when gently baked and light and crispy when baked and dried out longer. If you’ve had pavlova or lemon meringue pie or macaron, you’ve had meringue and by extension, cloud bread.

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How to make cloud bread

  1. Whip the egg whites. Add your egg whites to a very clean, grease free bowl. Start to whip your egg whites on medium-low, until frothy and pale.
  2. Stir in sugar. Add the sugar, a little bit at a time on high, until the sugar dissolves and the egg whites start to foam up.
  3. Add the cornstarch. I like to sift the cornstarch in so that there are no lumps. Continue to whip on high until the egg whites become a glossy thick meringue that holds a peak. The egg whites are done when you lift the beater from the bowl and they hold a peak and look smooth and creamy like shaving cream If you tilt the bowl, the whites should not slide. Be careful not to over whip!
  4. Shape the cloud. Use a rubber spatula to scoop out the meringue and shape into a cloud on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake. Bake in a low oven until golden and cooked through.

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What does cloud bread taste like?

To be honest, this cloud bread is more looks than taste. Maybe just like TikTok? It’s beautifully fluffy and full of tiny air bubbles and very squishy and satisfying but it’s not the most delicious. It’s light and airy and reminiscent of a marshmallow. It kinda tastes like angel food cake texture wise, but not taste wise.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure your egg white whipping equipment is completely clean and free from fat or oil or your egg whites won’t whip up.
  • Similarly, make sure there are ZERO egg yolks in your egg whites.
  • Separate your eggs while they’re cold, but beat them up with they’re at room temp.
  • Don’t add all the sugar at once. Your meringue will be fluffier if you add it in gradually, 1 tablespoon at at a time.
  • Don’t over beat! If you meringue starts to look grainy or really wet, it means your egg whites have been over-beaten and your cloud bread won’t be fluffy.

Cloud bread FAQs

How do I whip the egg whites?

Make sure your utensils are COMPLETELY clean and there is absolutely no oil or fat residue on your whisk or bowl. If you break your yolks as your separating the eggs the whites won’t whip up. Use a stainless steel or glass bowl and make sure it’s completely clean. Don’t use silicone or plastic bowls or utensils – even when they seem clean, there’s a possibility of oily residue that will make it hard for your eggs to whip up properly. Whipping egg whites takes time, so don’t be surprised if it takes a while for them to whip up.

Why didn’t my egg whites whip up? I’ve been beating them forever!

If your egg whites didn’t get fluffy it’s because there was oil or fat in your egg whites. Oil or fat is the enemy of whipping up meringues. Fat interferes with how the proteins in egg whites bond together to whip up. If you’re separating your egg whites by hand and there is fat on your hand, your whites might not whip up. If there is any oil or fat on your whisk or in your bowl, your egg whites won’t whip up.

How can I make my egg whites whip up?

You can try adding a touch of cream of tartar (1/4 teaspoon), vinegar (1/4 teaspoon), or lemon juice (1/4 teaspoon) to help whip up your eggs. Cream of tartar, vinegar, and lemon juice are all acids that help stabilize the egg whites and encourage them to get extra whipped.

Why didn’t my cloud bread bake through?

If your cloud bread is golden brown on the outside but still under baked on the inside it might be because your oven is running too hot. Some ovens aren’t calibrated well or have hot spots. It probably means that the oven was too hot and that the outside of the bread cooked faster than the inside. Cloud bread bakes at a very low temperature. If the inside of your cloud bread is raw, you can just put your cloud bread back into the oven until it is baked through.

Does it taste like eggs?

Cloud bread is made from 3 ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and cornstarch. The egg whites are make up the majority of the recipe so it’s only natural that cloud bread will taste like eggs. If you want a sweeter cloud bread to help it taste less like eggs, add a 1/4 cup of sugar. Warning: if you do this, your cloud will not be as fluffy.

Do I need a stand-mixer to make cloud bread?

Technically you don’t need a stand mixer. You can whip these up with a regular whisk or a hand mixer. But it will take a REALLY long time and a lot of arm muscle. You can do it! I use this milk frother and it works amazingly.

Why is my cloud bread wrinkly?

That’s just the nature of cloud bread! Because it’s not a cake with a significant amount of flour to stabilize it, it will get wrinkly as it cools, kind of like a soufflé. It’s best to enjoy it while it’s still a bit warm 🙂

Can I make cloud bread in advance?

Unfortunately, just like clouds, cloud bread is extremely fleeting. You can’t make it in advance because the longer it sits, the more wrinkly and shrunken it’ll get. Cloud bread is best made and eaten fresh from the oven.

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Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 300°F. In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the whip attachment to whip the egg whites on medium high until frothy.
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  • Add the sugar slowly, 1 tablespoon at at time and whip on high until small bubbles start to form.
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  • Sift in the cornstarch and continue to whip on high until the whites are whipped up into a glossy thick meringue that holds a peak, about 5-6 minutes.
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  • Scoop out the meringue on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and shape into a fluffy cloud or mound.
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  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. The outside will be a light golden brown. Let cool and enjoy the fluff!
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Notes

Optional: If you want to add flavoring (baking extracts) or color into your cloud bread, add it in when you add your cornstarch.

Estimated nutrition is for one loaf.