I was just about to mention that myself until I saw your post and noticed he hasn't answered you for the past two months.
There are a couple workarounds to this problem.
1. Switch to creative mode, get a compressed sugar cane block, delete 9 sugar canes.
(this is what I personally use) 2. Get a mod called MineTweaker. It lets you add recipes to the game. I ended up making one where you put 8 sugar canes in an "O" shape pattern to get the block.