Can these cupcakes save Lolita the killer whale?

Bunnie Cakes' vegan Lolita cupcakes to raise money for the killer whale's retirement. (Handout)

Miami’s Bunnie Cakes is baking a killer cupcake for a noble cause.

The Wynwood vegan cupcake bakery, which drew national attention on the show Cupcake Wars, will be baking a Lolita cupcake with all the proceeds going toward a campaign to retire the Seaquarium killer whale Lolita to an ocean sanctuary after more than 46 years in captivity.

“We can’t have an animal in a tank for our entertainment,” founder Mariana Cortez said. “We need to evolve as human beings and care about this cause and do something about it.”

Cotez, who raises her family vegan after the oldest of her four children was diagnosed with a dietary allergy, want to raise awareness for an effort by the Orca Network and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The plan, which the group has been pushing for more than a decade, would return Lolita to the Pacific Northwest, to a Washington State sanctuary near where she was captured in the 1970s and where she is genetically linked to current members of her pod.

The Lolita cupcake will be available next week for $2.50. 

“It’s my little grain of sand I’m putting toward this task,” she said. 

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