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

By Betty Gold
August 13, 2020
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Just when you thought bread-baking’s pandemic popularity had expired, TikTok introduced us to an entirely different carb-filled dessert trend we never knew we needed: cloud bread.

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TikTok user @linqanaaa popularized the airy dessert when she shared her viral video of cloud bread, which has already 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 1.9 billion views’ worth—using the hashtag #cloudbread.

Seeing as TikTok was responsible for the Dalgona whipped coffee and mini pancake cereal trends, we’re basically 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 yourself? Here’s what you should know before you beat any egg whites.

Remember the peak-pandemic longing to make bread from scratch, only to realize that yeast was sold out everywhere? We scoured the internet for black market Fleischmann’s, had a stint with self-rising beer bread, and settled on baking loaf after loaf of banana bread instead. Way to really procrastinate on your entrance, cloud bread.

Indeed, you’ll only need three ingredients to make this dessert: egg whites, cornstarch, and sugar.

Here’s the complete recipe:  

  1. Combine three 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 method for whipping egg whites, see our guide here.)
  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 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes.

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

Cloud bread is completely gluten-free, so those with an allergy or intolerance can feel free to indulge.

What else is cloud bread completely free of? Anything remotely bread-like, flavor included. Think of cloud bread like a 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.)

Just because you can’t use it to make a hoagie 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.