The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

why does junior refer to how "white" penelope is? what is the effect of this?

He siad that her skin was pale white. Milky white. cloud white. So she was all white on white on white, like the most perfect kind of vanilla desert cake you've ever seen.

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Junior is fascinated and attracted to Penelope and her whiteness. He sees her as a perfect girl and turns her into his muse,

So she was all white on white on white, like the most perfect kind of vanilla dessert cake you've ever seen. I wanted to be her chocolate topping.