IN 2004 he baked the extravagant wedding cake for Prince Felipe’s royal wedding and three years ago Pope Benedict XVI was treated to his sweet treats on flights to and from Madrid.
But now Francisco Torreblanca, Spain’s much-loved celebrity baker, has become the latest victim of the economic crisis.
Torreblanca, also known as Paco, was forced to file for voluntary bankruptcy for his firm Pasteleria Totel SL and a judge in Alicante ruled this week that it should be liquidated.
Paco, 63, has long been hailed as an extraordinary baker but achieved national recognition with his royal dessert in 2004, fit for a King- and Queen.
He held stores in Alicante and Valencia, as well as a factory in Monovar, but the firm was unable to bake a profit.
At the royal ceremony on May 22 at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral, all 1,800 guests were given an individually hand-made pudding.
The dessert was made of sweet chocolate and olive oil biscuits and dark chocolate- the Prince’s favourite.