I Made the Famous TikTok Cloud Bread—Here's What You Should Know

It’s soft, sweet, and only requires three ingredients—but don’t expect to make any sandwiches with this stuff.

Just when you thought the bread-baking popularity had expired, TikTok introduced us to an entirely different trend we never knew we needed: cloud bread. User @linqanaaa popularized the airy dessert when she shared her now-viral video showing how to make cloud bread on TikTok, which has racked up more than 4.4 million views and 65,000 comments. The simple recipe inspired thousands of other TikTok users to share similar recipes and videos—over 3 billion views' worth—using the hashtag #cloudbread.

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Seeing as TikTok was responsible for the Dalgona whipped coffee and mini pancake cereal trends, we're considering it our new go-to resource for quirky food hacks. (However, a vaguely similar cloud bread trend arose on Pinterest in 2016, though the finished product was more dense and flat than the current iteration.)

Want to try it for yourself? Here's what you should know before you beat any egg whites.

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You probably have all the ingredients.

Ever longed to bake bread from scratch, only to realize you have no yeast in the house? Recipes exist for self-rising beer bread, but many settle for baking a loaf of banana bread instead. Way to procrastinate on your entrance, cloud bread.

There's no need for hard-to-find ingredients when making the cloud bread from TikTok. Indeed, you'll only need three ingredients to make this dessert: egg whites, cornstarch, and sugar.

Here's the complete cloud bread recipe:

  1. Combine 3 egg whites, 30 grams (about 2 1/2 tablespoons) of white sugar, and 10 grams (about 1 tablespoon) of corn starch in a bowl. Beat well using an electric mixer until the mixture is super fluffy, thick, and glossy in appearance. (For a complete how-to on the proper technique for whipping egg whites, see our guide.)
  2. Carefully transfer the whipped mixture to a greased baking sheet and form it into a half-sphere shape using a rubber spatula or small offset spatula.
  3. Bake in the oven at 300 F for about 25 minutes.
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Take your time when forming the dough's shape.

There's no need to overthink the half-dome shape too much, but be mindful that what you put in the oven is pretty much what you'll pull out of the oven. Try to smooth over any bumpy edges and ridges if you're aiming for the perfect "cloud."

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It's great for gluten-free folks—but don't think it's an alternative to bread.

Cloud bread is completely gluten-free, so those with an allergy or intolerance can feel free to indulge. What else is absent in cloud bread? Anything remotely bread-like, flavor included. Think of cloud bread like soft meringue, angel food cake, or even cotton candy—it's sweet, fluffy, and airy. (Read: Don't expect to sandwich any turkey or meatballs in between slices of it.)

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You can customize it to your heart's content.

Even if you can't use cloud bread to make a hoagie, that doesn't mean it isn't customizable. Bakers are mixing everything from blue food dye to strawberry extract and crystalized sugar. Experiment as much as you'd like; we went with vanilla extract, pink food dye, and a shower of sprinkles.

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