I like a tableau that takes up several baked goods. It's like a gorgeous panning shot in the opening scene of a movie to establish the setting and the tone. This movie is clearly about relaxing in the sunshine with no cares and plenty of snacks.
Though cake itself does nothing to spark the beach receptor in my brain, the gorgeous oil-painterly frosting job here is all vacation. It's like going to a destination wedding without spending $800 on plane tickets.