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.
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.