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.
After seeing multiple people ripping into and squishing their cloud breads, I just HAD to make some myself.
What is 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.
But wait, isn’t cloud bread keto?
There is another type of cloud bread floating around the internet: the keto kind. Keto cloud bread is also made with egg whites, but because you can’t have sugar on keto there’s no sugar in it and no cornstarch either. Keto cloud bread is used as a substitute for regular sandwich 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 you egg whites to a very clean, grease free bowl. Start to whip your egg whites on medium-low, until frothy and pale.
- Add in the 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.
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.
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 fluff 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 taste like angel food cake texture wise, but not taste wise.
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!
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 🙂
Cloud Bread Recipe
3 ingredient fluffy TikTok viral cloud bread
- 3 large egg whites about 6 tbsp
- 2.5 tbsp sugar ~30g
- 1 tbsp cornstarch ~10g
- food coloring optional, see note
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.
Add the sugar slowly, 1 tablespoon at at time and whip on high until small bubbles start to form.
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.
Scoop out the meringue on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and shape into a fluffy cloud or mound.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. The outside will be a light golden brown. Let cool and enjoy the fluff!
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.