Snip the chicks horizontally, starting at the heads, into 1/8-inch-thick petals. You should have about 8 petals of varying sizes.
Arrange 4 petals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock around the cupcake. Put the remaining 4 petals on top and between them. Put the gumball in the center.
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