Cloud Bread Recipe: How to make that viral TikTok bread
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.
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.
Ingredients for cloud bread
- Egg whites. Egg whites are what give your cloud bread fluffiness and loft. If you’re going to separate egg whites yourself, be sure to not get ANY yolks into the whites or they won’t whip up. It’s better to separate your eggs while they’re cold, but they will whip up better if they’re at room temp. You can also just buy egg whites in a carton at the store, which is what I did. You’ll need 3 large egg whites or about 6 tablespoons of egg whites from a carton.
- Sugar. Just use regular white sugar. Sugar is what is going to stabilize your egg whites and let them fluff up even more. The sugar is also going to make your cloud bread just a little bit sweet.
- Cornstarch. You just need a tiny bit of cornstarch in your cloud bread, to help soak up any extra liquid in your meringue. Cornstarch also helps make your meringue shiny.
- Food coloring. This is optional, if you want to make your clouds colorful.
How to make cloud bread
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Shape the cloud. Use a rubber spatula to scoop out the meringue and shape into a cloud on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake. Bake in a low oven until golden and cooked through.
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.
Substitutes for cornstarch
If you don’t have cornstarch, which is also known as cornflour, you can use regular all purpose flour. The amount of flour is very small so it won’t make a difference.
Substitutes for sugar
Sugar works best if you’re making meringue but you can also use sweetener if you’re avoiding sugar. The meringue won’t fluff up as much but it will be sugar free. Try things like: stevia, splenda, or monkfruit sweetner.
Why does my cloud bread taste like eggs?
Cloud bread only has three ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and cornstarch. It’s tastes like eggs because eggs are the main ingredient. If you want it to be sweeter, more meringue-like and less eggy, you can make it with more sugar or add some extracts like vanilla or almond. Instead of using 2.5 tablespoons of sugar, use 6 tablespoons. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract. The cloud bread will be a bit stiffer and not as fluffy but it will taste more like meringue!
Cloud Bread Recipe
3 ingredient fluffy TikTok viral cloud bread
Estimated nutrition is for one loaf.
Recipe via @linqanaaa and @abimhn
Cloud Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.