Preheat oven to 325. Beat sugar and shortening at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Stop mixer and add sorghum; beat just until blended. Add eggs 1 at a time until blended after each addition.
Combine dry ingredients alternate with buttermilk. Stir in pecans, rasins and dates. Spoon onto 2 greased 9 inch square pans. Bake at 325 for 32-37 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before topping with the coffee glaze.
Whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of strong coffee until smooth. Makes about 1/3 cup