As trendy as they are tasty, cupcakes are the dessert de jour 365 days a year. Let little helpers join in the fun with a variety of decorative details from colorful sanding sugars to winter-themed sprinkles. Display their culinary artistry on a cupcake tree and you’ll have a pâtissier in the making. PICTURED: Cupcake dessert stand, $30.95; Red coarse sugar, $2.50; Dark green sanding sugar, $2.50; Snowflake sprinkles, $2.50. All from Kitchen Conservatory. Delicious assorted cupcakes courtesy The Cup, 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, Central West End, cravethecup.com. Gift certificates available. (Photograph by Laura Miller) Laura Ann Miller